It's good to know others are doing some decluttering and organizing, too, and all the ideas and tips help, a lot. I was going to say, "misery loves company", but it feels so good to be doing this, I don't find it at all miserable!
I did get two Spider plants today and the living room already feels fresher and nicer. I love those. Each of them had tons of little baby plants on long stems. I cut them off and will probably give them to my daughter to make starts she might be able to sell at her craft fair booth. She does nature photos so it seems like plants would fit right in.
I am definitely celebrating this breath of fresh air being breathed into the house by paring down all that stuff that keeps staring at me from every surface and corner.
Oh, and I was going to say, something that is kind of spurring me on to keep at it is this: I tend to not open the drapes on the big windows in the living room, mainly because it puts a glare on the TV when I watch it . Even though they are light in color, it makes for a gloomy room, so I am trying to open them every morning. I'm beginning to think it makes me feel better, or more energetic, to have them open. Has anyone experienced this?
I've started to declutter as well. It's about 20 years overdue! It's been hard to get my DH on board because he is a borderline hoarder. I stood in the middle of the lounge room one day and shouted "We have too much STUFF!!!
" DH said, "What do you mean by stuff?" He just didn't get it.
I then broke down and told my hubby that our house made me feel claustrophobic. That it was like trying to get out of a crowded elevator. Where we had to move this and this in order to get to that thing we need. Nothing could get put away because there was nowhere to put it. Hence, dusting didn't get done because there is just too much stuff. I told him we keep things in case we need them one day, but when we do need it we can't find it and then have to buy it (even though we've got it "somewhere").
I think I finally got through to him how depressed it was making me. So, when we knew my sister and BIL were coming for a visit we started decluttering. Initially, it just got bagged up and squeezed in the shed. At least we created some space in the house. For the first time in many years, our main living areas were clean AND tidy. So, Bijou, I know exactly what you mean when you say opening your curtains makes you feel better and more energetic! We still have a long way to go, but at least we're on our way now.
My DS commented that our house was so much bigger now. And it is. We can walk a straight path from one room to another rather than manouvering round the obstacle course