Originally Posted by nichole
i have some toys i want to rotate and baby stuff i am not ready to part with. what do you guys think? and how do you know when you've thrown away enough stuff?
There is another school of thought about dealing with clutter, by Julia Morgenstern, an organization expert. She thinks it's okay to keep some things if you're really not ready to part with them as long as they have a home and aren't negatively impacting your family life. I keep lots of things we're not using now--like baby clothes dd2 hasn't grown into yet, toddler toys, toys that don't fit into dd1s room now but will after we remodel, really special memorbelia, etc. I think true "storage" is fine, as long as it's organized, labeled and have room for it and you know where it is. I put mine into big clear bins, put a piece of paper in the bin that lists the contents, and keep it our crawl space.
When I go through our stuff, especially toys, I look at it's value, if I already have one, how someone feels about the item, and then make my decision based on that. Just because it doesn't have a home yet, I don't neccesarily throw it away. I just try to find a place for it. Some things move around until they find their true home.
Something I thought I'd put out there is that I've also hired a professional organizer in the past. I work at home and don't have a dedicated office. My daily folders and such are in cabinets in my dining room/living room. I couldn't have made this all work without her, and I'm usually good at those things. If you get the clutter and housework basically under control and you don't know what to do with the left over stuff you need I highly recommend a pro, or perhaps taking a class yourself. They have tricks that I wouldn't think of otherwise.