1. Durl

    Since you’ve bought and sold houses, you know the process required to do so … your first step is to “declutter”. This is realtor-speak for “take about half of your stuff out of the house”. It gives the impression that the house is larger and more spacious than it is.

    We are now in our 6th (and hopefully last) house. Each time we’ve sold one, I’ve been less and less resistant to this idea of decluttering. It no longer feels like my home once the process is done. But, it’s how the game is played, so my resistance has grown less and less.

    • Bookscrounger

      But it is still a rarity, and something our consumerist society largely cannot understand. Here is a question I think about: If we did not buy things with our wealth, what would we do with it?

      • Anne

        Oh, my. That’s a loaded question! I can think of many things to do with it to help our world become a better place.

        • Bookscrounger

          Sure, but think about our tremendous wealth, what if we all lived simply, did without our passion for acquisition. Where would all the money go? We could leave it to our kids, but if we raise them to live more simply, what do they do with it? That pretty much leaves a) travel b) education c) nonprofit. That’s still a LOT of money. Boggles the mind.

  2. Vaughan

    De-cluttering is a lifetime work in progress for me. Books are the worst. I always feel like poor St. Thomas trying to empty the ocean with a sea shell when I try to either purge–or even order–my books. I have decided to give in and resign myself to my fate, surrounded by cluttered and cluttery bookcases.

    • Bookscrounger

      There are worse addictions. BTW, my family was visiting Madame, and my son and I were looking at the binding on a 19th century reference. I noted that she probably had even older books. She overheard us and said, “Oh certainly.” Then she came back with a 17th century psaltery, inscribed as a gift from the library of one of the French kings to some monastery. She said her uncle had bought it from a bouquiniste along the Seine for something like 50 cents.

  3. Cathe

    I never understood how a family could live in a “perfect” environment. Raising 4 kids and having a menagerie of animals clutters everything. And I loved every bit of it.

    • Bookscrounger

      We only have a dog and a bearded lizard. At the moment. The animals are a bloody nuisance of course, but yes, they add to the life of the place.

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