The Maximalist :(


I’ve donated an enormous amount of stuff over the course of my recent nomadic years.

Last January, I tackled the last bastion of clutter–the extra bedroom in the basement.

I bought a bunch of colour-coordinated bins, and spent a couple of days down there.

I hung all my unused art work on the wall to get it out of the pile.  I sorted through the boxes, and got rid of everything not deemed worthy of space in my bins.

I felt good–really good–about my efforts.

But lately, the bins have been bothering me.

They’re neat.  They’re tidy.  They’re a pretty robin’s egg blue…

…but they’re full of stuff.

Other than my Christmas decorations, I haven’t looked at any of it for years.

My sole interaction with this stuff has been transferring it from ugly cardboard boxes into expensive bins.

I can safely say none of it is bringing me joy.

What’s a wannabe minimalist to do?

I can move it all the garden shed where I’ll (hopefully) forget about it, or I can go through it again, whittling away at the pile.

9 thoughts on “The Maximalist :(

  1. This is so well organized Nanette! Love the collage of art! I am going through things too (so that my children won’t have to deal with it someday) but it’s difficult because not only am I an avid collector, but also extremely sentimental. My daughter is a minimalist perhaps because she grew up in a maximalist home. 😉 I still have her doll house, doll carriage and dolls thinking someday she may want them. Nope! She doesn’t want them, tells me I can sell them or give them away.


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    1. Sorting everything into those bins was a huge job! I was quite happy with the result until just recently when it struck me how much stuff I still have. My son isn’t sentimental at all, so I don’t think he’ll want to keep any of it. I need Marie Kondo to make a house call! 🙂

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      1. Marie Kondo can’t help me, everything sparks joy! I even wrote a draft about it after my daughter and I watched her series when I was in Seattle.

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  2. I find it so hard to let go of things like this, boxes of music scores, old clothes, old shoes etc. every time I think give them away (I do this too) but I know the minute I do I’ll need one of those scores or a weird colour pair of shoes I wished I kept hehe. I’d put them in your garage/shed and if you don’t go back into the boxes for three months get rid of them then.

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    1. Although I still struggle with letting things go, I’ve become more mindful of my shopping. I’ve finally learned the key to being clutter-free is to stop bringing so much stuff into my house. Of course, that doesn’t help with those bins that are already in the basement… A move to the garden shed is probably in their future.


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