It is ridiculously difficult to get rid of stuff. Lately I've been eyeing my bookshelves. All that paper that just sits there. Will I ever be free? I bet people born today will never even have bookshelves as grownups.
And yet... I go to the bookshelves, and it's so difficult to decide what to part with. I've realized that working in rounds helps. This round, my young adult fiction is going. Yes, all my Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Golden Compass, and Septimus Heap is in a box bound for the library.
The other thing that helps is making a decision about a space and then doing whatever it takes to achieve that goal. For example, I have a DVD rack that has 4 shelves. When I was unpacking in this apartment, I decided that all my DVDs AND all my workout videos must fit on that shelf. And so I sat there and made decisions until it happened. Although I did pull out some DVDs that I ultimately don't want to keep but haven't watched yet and those are in an additional media bin by my couch. Sigh.
Similarly, I decided when I moved into this apartment that nothing would go under the bed. Roomba can get under there, so I wanted it clear to allow for maximum cleaning and air flow.
This weekend is a big fall cleaning and get organized weekend for me. There was still BlogHer pile-up to be dealt with and the apartment was just feeling a little overwhelmed. I did my regular troll for things for the thrift store. At this point I've been through my stuff so many times it's more difficult, but the rounds concept really does kick in. When you do this regularly you're able to say, OK, I've looked at this purse a million times now and still not used it. Out it goes!
I do sometimes keep things for possible future costuming needs, though. I mean, if you ever need a futuristic metallic wallet, and you once HAD a futuristic metallic wallet but got rid of it, that would be really annoying. And that wallet has a home at the moment, so it stays. If I ever decide that the purse bin has to go, though...
The other thing I did yesterday was get rid of my coffee table. It was cheap, ugly, and I think too big for the space. Now I have a wonderful expanse of carpet and no need to move anything to exercise.
Later today, I clean (the above working being sorting and putting away). Tomorrow, I buckle down to some creative work in a happier, cleaner space.