Are you a ‘tidy’ person? Do you have fewer than two items on each and every surface in your home? What about your office? I know people who are total slobs at work, and their homes are immaculate (and vice versa). Me? I yearn to be tidy. I’m done with the clutter that Richie Coldcuts and I have in our place. (Background: we moved out of two large houses into an 1850 s.f. high-rise seven years ago.) Yes, I know I said seven years, not weeks. Or even months. So I bought that book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Truth? — I couldn’t get all the way through it. Which may explain the still-cluttered state of our home. And I’m also a little leery of the fact that it’s called life changing MAGIC. Right?
But today is a new day, and I’m starting my next chapter. My new lifestyle. And — you’ll be so proud — this ‘cluttered person’ just mailed a box of used books to a buy-back-book site. And they’re putting $$ in my PayPal account! AND they paid for the shipping. I’m feeling like I’m well on my way to decluttering, and maybe becoming rich in the process! O.K., yes, yes, I know. This will n-e-v-e-r make me rich. But. It’s motivating me to look around our cluttered abode and find other things that LetGo, Decluttr, or Bonanza will enable me to cash in on. And since Richie Coldcuts is gone during the day, I’m targeting his stuff first. Genius, right? He is so totally not going to miss half his stuff. I’ve gotten kind of addicted to seeing how much some stuff is worth.
I just might be the next one writing a book about this! Because I think I approach it from a slightly different perspective than some of the organization experts. I promise an update (and perhaps a tally of my riches) after I’ve mastered tidyness. I didn’t mention it before, but in a high-rise, you don’t have a personal garage. You get a couple of parking spaces, but nowhere to put tools, paint, extra carpet, boat items, luggage, or holiday decorations. To compensate, you also get a ‘storage locker’. Our is small and packed to the gills. And sadly, we have a Public Storage locker too. It has our fake Christmas tree in it that we didn’t even put up the last two years because we traveled for Christmas. Yep, I think I’m gonna be a millionaire when I’m done selling all this loot!