Letting Go of Clutter

First, I’d like to take a minute and laugh about yesterday when I broke the media fast before I started.

Hahahahahah! Classic.

But, we’re here to talk about Day 12 of Apartment Therapy’s January Cure: Declutter Books & Media

Hi, my name is Gilit and I have a book problem. I love books. I LOVE them. I enjoy reading on my Kindle, yes, but it’s not the same for me. I love the paper, the smell, the feel…you’ve heard it all before or maybe you’re the same way. I “solve” my problem of too many books by lending them out with a “oh you know, get it back to me whenever… no pressure, enjoy it as long as you want…yeah definitely lend it out to other people too”. That way, in my head, I still technically have it without it taking up space in a bookcase.

results from the first purge

results from the first purge

But people are so darn responsible! Returning books to me long after I’ve forgotten I ever had them.

I have such a hard time getting rid of books even when I know I will never read it again, even if I didn’t really like it in the first place. I like to have it in my arsenal. So illogical. Like a certain two year old I know….(“but I have to watch three more Dora’s because I’m two years old and Mia is two months so I have to watch another one”)

the second purge

the second purge

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So today’s assignment was hard.

And that’s just the books! You know how many magazines we’ve let pile up? A LOT. I like to “save” them for when I’m bored. Bwahahahaha!!!! I wish I had the time to be bored! Heck, I wish I had the energy to be bored. If I have any after Tuvia and the kids, I save it for you guys right here 😉

our haphazard pile of magazines found throughout our house

our haphazard collection of magazines found throughout our house

haphazard pile slightly consolidated

a somewhat consolidated version

the piles

separated into six piles

the "home" magazine pile

the “home” magazine pile

the parenting magazine pile

the parenting magazine pile

the "Tuvia" magazines i.e. Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Esquire (I secretly love that last one) pile

the “Tuvia” magazines i.e. Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Esquire (I secretly love that last one) pile

the magazines I haven't gotten to read yet, Vanity Fair and New York Magazine pile

the magazines I haven’t gotten to read yet, Vanity Fair and New York Magazine pile

Real Simple, the hardest for me to purge. I think there's one from 2011 in there

Real Simple, the hardest for me to purge. I think there’s one from 2011 in there

the recycle pile

the recycle pile

the recycle pile a minute later

the recycle pile a minute later

Tuv got his magazines down to these three, not bad!

Tuv got his magazines down to these three, not bad!

Our music is on iTunes or vinyls and we don’t have that many DVDs. Speaking of which, I want to consolidate the DVDs into one small DVD-book-sleeve-thingy or into those skinny plastic sleeves and then in boxes. Right now they’re on our bookshelves and I don’t like having them out like that.

forgot to take this picture with my camera and during daylight- sorry peeps!

forgot to take this picture with my actual camera and during daylight- sorry peeps!

 

Although….I keep trying to make Nate Berkus‘ line at Target necessary to bring into our home, maybe this is how…

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Although realistically, this is more likely

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We can personalize it with stamps or paint or fabric or even *gasssp* leave it as is. I live to shock.

So, there are two things I got out of today: we let way too much “stuff” into our home and…we need a bigger outbox.

And just because I can…

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5 thoughts on “Letting Go of Clutter

  1. I hope you’re brutal with your magazine purge (like somebody was with me) and then pass me the New Yorks, Vanity and Esquires. Oh maybe the most recent Real Simples. And your book pile, thank you! Oh and please don’t tell my decorator/organizer. Also love the pics keep ’em coming!

  2. Gah… such cuties!! How fun are your little people?!

    Your magazine pile looks like mine. I have a hard time reading them, but feel so guilty letting them go if I haven’t had a chance to read them yet. I’m finding Pinterest to be really helpful. I grab a magazine (like Real Simple) and pin my favorite ideas as I read. I find I’m more focused, read the magazine faster and easily save my favorites without being left with a pile of torn out pages that I think are inspiring.

    Loving this series. Thanks for sharing!

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