Posted by: navalanche | February 3, 2011

Size matters

I know that to effectively declutter, I must stop bringing new items into my home if I can not part with the clutter that I already have.  Unfortunately, I continue to blur the lines between what I need and what I want and if what I want is free…….like a moth to a flame, I can not control myself.

Over the last month, there have been items that I spotted on FreeCycle that I requested, knowing that they were highly desirable and that my chances of actually being chosen as the recipient of said desirable items were surely slim to none.  But lo and behold, I was offered 9 out of the last 11 items that I expressed an interest in (I withdrew my request on one of the items but I’ll talk about that in my next post) and to my husbands dismay, I scurried off to bring my new treasures home.

Two of the items were for Kat.  She received some Christmas decorations and preschool toys for the baby.  The only problem was that she left the Play-Doh play sets that she couldn’t use at my house for Mike to grumble about.

What exactly did I bring home for free?  I think I’ll start from smallest to largest.

There are the back issues of Cottage Living magazine.  The magazine is no longer printed and is expensive to purchase unless I’m lucky enough to find them at Half Price Books for 50¢.

There’s the baby monitor.  I’ll be using it this weekend as Jaxon is staying over our house while his parents attend a Super Bowl party in Ohio.

There’s the inflatable monkey and palm tree.  I thought that they would be amusing to Gabe while he was in town but it was Jaxon who really loved jumping on the 5 foot tall monkey.  I need to rethink those items as there is just not enough room in the house for them.

There’s the snowboard and boots.  Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll find the time to use them until next winter.

There’s the SAD lamp.  I have wanted to try one of these lamps for a very long time.

There’s the Step 2 sports coupe car for Jaxon.  He loves it.

And the biggest and the best item?  The antique dresser that I truly coveted.

The problem is that there is no place in the house for it and so it stands in the middle of my crowded living room.  Luckily, Luke isn’t complaining about the latest addition to his bedroom/living room and the nephews schedules have changed and now they visit on Monday and Tuesday so I have a few days to make room for the dresser, somewhere.  In the meantime, I’m collecting a batch of things to donate to make room.  So far, I have these items.

It’s just not enough.  So I’m thinking, how about a dresser for a dresser?  I have a not so good-looking lightweight dresser (a freebie from someone who was moving) in my hallway, full of clutter of course.

I think I’ll swap the dressers and give the other away.  That should take me most of the weekend.

Since I’m still battling the concept that “free” is not necessarily good for me, I need to choose new items carefully and commit to donating a similar item of like size everytime I bring something home that I think I can not live without.  And maybe, just maybe, I better lay off FreeCycle for a while.


  1. Oh I’m so excited I found you! WordPress tag surfer is the best thing ever. I’m de-cluttering my home too. No more Freecycle for you, that’s for sure. If you want to donate freely, have you looked into the Vietnam Veterans of America? In my city, you can schedule a pick-up and they come pick things up from your front porch. They leave a receipt and that’s that! I’ve gotten rid of so much stuff because they make it so easy.

    • I am so happy to hear from someone who is decluttering also. We do have the VVA in my area but I haven’t seen their postcards in the mail for awhile and I’ll have to check their schedule. It would better than my current donation plan where I run things down to the corner store and sometimes return with more than I gave away. Thanks for the suggestion and keep me posted on your progress!!

  2. Try online.

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