Originally Posted by MommyMine
For us it is frugality. You never know when you might need that. It has value. We can't just THROW IT OUT!
The truest answer to violence is love. The truest answer to death is life. The only prevention for violence is for the heart to have no violence within it. We cannot prevent evil through any system devised by mankind. But we can grapple with evil and defeat it, but only with love—real love.
But whenever I toss something I always wish I had it not too long later and then I kick myself. I struggle so hard.
I'm the opposite: a very messy clutterer.
Clutterers come from all types of backgrounds.
Flylady does have some good ideas if you ignore the silly shoe rule.
Daily routines, 27 fling boogie etc.
Also, looking at it another way, you might be finding uses for things after you toss them simply because you are finally seeing them for the first time in months/years, so they are on your mind. If you keep them, will they really get used or will they get lost in the clutter again? I keep having to point that out to myself a lot. I will find something and think "ooooooo, I shouldn't toss this, I can do XYZ with it". And then I have to have a talk with myself about whether I am REALLY going to do XYZ or if I will just think about it for years and never get around to it. I sometimes put a limit on things. "Ok Shannon, you say you will do X with this. You have one week. If you don't do it by then, out it goes". I, uh, have a collection of holey t-shirts in the basement right now for that reason : I keep telling myself I'll make a crocheted rag rug out of them. It's been a few months since I came up with that idea and haven't done a thing toward it. I really should put a time limit on that project.
And this doesn't mean you can't keep anything I have a decent sized yarn stash I inherited from Grandma that I have no intention of getting rid of, but I *am* slowly getting rid of the colors I don't like. She left an unfinished blanket in colors I really don't care for. I'm working up to donating it to a charity so it will do some good (a local EMS squad crochets lap blankets for nursing homes in between calls - how perfect would that be???)
I will admit to having regretted a few things I've tossed but I haven't given a second thought to the vast majority of stuff that went out of this house. I'm also pretty easy on myself. I don't get rid of stuff until I am good and ready. My grandma's towels for example took up space and went unused for years but I just wasn't ready to get rid of them yet. But then, with the amount of packratting we do, there is plenty of stuff to get rid of that I don't have to obsess over. Why focus on the things I *do* obsess about?
What someone else said about buying things you can't find made me smile I do that too often. Dh and I joke if you can't find something just go buy a new one and you'll find the old one within a day