Friday, 16 May 2008

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You would think, being the nomad that I am, I would have learnt a trick or two about packing and moving along swiftly with just the bare necessities. Beep nope, I haven't learnt a thing, packing stresses the hell out of me. I try to declutter way before hand to make this process seem easier, I let go of things, give them away and yet the collecting of things just simply gets the better of me always. No matter where I move, No continent seems a barrier for collecting. It's like I have the lyrics of Marvin Gayes song ' Ain't no mountain High Enough' stalking me every time I go shopping.

I'm sure many of you girls watched and have blogged about the program on Oprah regarding de cluttering. Yikes I' don't think I'm like that lady she featured and hope never to be but the buying for ' certain things really has to stop. I'm sure my hubby will be happy to hear this .As we pack for the big move to the new house he has happily so far noted that 3/4 of the boxes are mine and wittily labelled them with the tag Adla's Rubbish.Can you beat that! Ok I admit I had two boxes filled with just ribbons. I know I have ribbons to last me a lifetime. It doesn't help that the gym I go to has a Spotlight( a famous crafting supply shop here in Australia) next to it. So how do I resolve this, not go to the gym? I have a zillion crafting ideas doing a back flip in my mind and think the ribbons would come in handy some time.

Clean cut minimalism just isn't my style. I love Bohemian flare so my sense of style has partly to be blamed for most of my clutter. I am going to give myself a pat on the back though for decluttering this past week. " Letting go' has been the phrase of the week, I shall thrive to get rid of as much things as possible before we move. Hate it when I place sentimental value on an object coz it doesn't make it any easier. I am on a trial motto that if I bring something new into the house then I have to let go of one already in possession. Does that sound balance enough? The new house has to be a clutter free zone for all sanity and easy cleaning and remembering that there is a baby on the way. Hooray I say, lets hope the motto stays grounded. Biting nails in fear that I might go against this motto. I better get back to work, packing is the least over.

Do you have a similar dilemma, would love to hear your sentiments on this issue
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  1. Oh I sure do hear you Adla, lol! I like the idea of taking something out when you bring in something new. I don't know if I'd be strong enough to do that but I hope you can!

  2. Hi Adla. Good luck with the getting rid of sometthing so as you can bring in something new. It is always so hard to let go.

  3. Your right Alsa,
    When you let go of something it leaves room for a new treasure!

  4. Being a Navy Wife I learned how to sit back and watch others pack for me when orders came in, but since then I've moved house three times and it IS NO FUN when you have to do it yourself! I broke more than three peoples share of breakage and threw out stuff I should have saved...poor you, being nesting and all, it has to be rough. Just make sure you throw out the old broom, never bring an old broom in to a new house!

  5. I DO agree! My daughter is like the queen of clutter so every now and again her and I go through her room and sort thru things she needs and things she doesn't need. It makes so much difference and the room feels so might lighter and fresher :-)

  6. My younger sister has a rule "If you haven't used something in the past 6 months, then let it go" - now that's OK but what about all the new goodies I keep bringing into the house. I'm quite upset over my clutter at the moment, which means I need to do something about it!

  7. Oh Adla lovie, you have it all wrong. It is not 'Adla's Rubbish' - no, no, no..... try 'Adla's Creative Clutter'. Doesn't that sound better? More inspiring and we all know that artists need inspiration.

    Now back to you packing.

  8. Oh Adla. A brave woman is she who attempts to De-clutter. I cant bring myself to do it so you are my hero right now. LOL.
    My box labels would say 'Shannons stuff that she might day...maybe..???'

    Oh and the Spotlight next to the gym??? Well thats just about the best thing i ever heard of!

    Hope your weekend is gorgeous sweetie.


  9. Mmm reading your post and the other comments I guess we all share the same problem! But mostly it isn't clutter these are little treasures that will be so handy in time. Like ribbons, it's so much easier to create from abundance isn't it?
    I sometimes use things in my craft that have been waiting for this special moment for about 10 years (or longer I have to admit that I still have supplies from the age of 10 when my neighbour gave me a gigantic box of embroidery thread).
    But I know how you feel; going to a new house is a new start. I do hope you manage to declutter, good luck! In my case it's 10 things out and 25 in again...but I'll keep trying too. Have a nice weekend!

  10. Firstly, congratulations on your baby and buying your home:) Secondly, much luck with de-cluttering . . . I am trying, trying so hard to de-clutter but yep, shopping, Spotlight, such a problem:) Take Care, Rachael

  11. I have been decluttering for years now and I still need to do more!!!!
    I think im doing good and before you no it my closets and drawers are filled again!
    it is a good feeling though to purge and start fresh!

  12. Good luck with the packing...oooh a full box of ribbons! Our weakness as well!! We are trying to cut back here and there...but it is hard to let go of inspiration!!

    kari & kijsa

  13. I'm a "pack rat" and proud of it! It's very hard for me to let things go, but luckily I keep my clutter pretty well organized. I buy things that I love and hope I can find a place for them when I get home :-)

    Have a fabulous day!

  14. I've the same "problem"! I keep on collecting things ( cause you never know!) but I've to admit I really enjoy all my things and I think I would feel amputated without them. But sometimes it's good to de-clutter, it will clean your head too! Good luck!

  15. I hear ya, but I don't think it's gona happen!:)
    Sandra Evertson

  16. clutter is my second name!!! I really need to learn to put things up when I am finished with them! I think that is the best tip! just clean as you go! big hugs!


  17. I used to obsess about the state of my desk in my office. One day,someone gave me a sign to hang on the wall. It said, "A clean desk is the sign of a sick mind." Or an uncreative one!

  18. Adla, When I sell off something, I always seem to replace it with something else...jsut can not seem to change the way I am lol.

    Siobhan xo

  19. Adla's Rubbish? lol Love it! I'm soon moving in August and have just started to pack up. I'm a PROFESSIONAL mover having picked up every 3 years during my 33 years of being. Tips: get it over with

    Turn on the tunage and order pizza. Ha!

    Stopping in to also let you know that we have a new button for The Pink Artist drawing. Stop by, our official post has just been made with all the details.

    Mark those calendars! Aug 1-Oct 15 is going to be one huge blog party! Can't wait!

    Thanks again Adla for helping to make our project such a huge success!

    Happy Summer, Monica :)

  20. I totally understand!!!! I am SO SICK of clutter!!! My house seems to be a magnet for it!!! I've been getting rid of stuff like crazy!!


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  22. Thanks so much for stopping by! Congratulations on all your excitement!!! It's so hard to let go, but so rewarding! I love to make room for new things, and try very hard to only surround myself with all my MOST favorite things. If I'm not absolutely in love with it - I don't keep it. And if there comes a time when I fall out of love with it - it goes. I'm so much happier now that I'm not settling for things "just in case" or because I don't have anything else to fill it's spot. Think about using the "love it" rule as you're going through making room...


  23. Hi!! I saw your lovely comments, but I was wondering how YOU are? Very very busy I suppose...and your condition not to tired, or sick? Hope you're doing well!
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  24. Just checking to make sure everything's okay in New Mama land...hope you are well and expanding!

  25. Adla
    Oh what a lovely sentiment! A sentiment it will undoubtedly stay in my household! I am, however, OCD about my counters staying clean and my floor....That's about the end of it!
    Thanks for stopping by.

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