What started out as the usual end-of-month routine (dust mop all the floors and not just where the dust bunnies are showing; do the weekly wash even if it isn't a Monday; think about going through the basket that has been collecting things to be filed or looked at or otherwise dealt with) turned into a serious decluttering.
I've done this often enough with many moves and much simplifying which means I have the experience of knowing how good it feels and it has made me more selective in what I bring into this home: the rule of thumb at the moment is that if I get something I already own then it will be replaced by the 'new' object. This mostly works. And when other things become stuff, then they are removed.
I love acquiring things; seldom new things but things at garage sales and thrift stores and church shops. Things with some wear and tear, things with a story, things with a history. Things from all over the world, from all eras, interesting things, amazing things.
Things can become stuff and stuff is clutter and I feel there is a critical mass to stuff and clutter which makes us uncomfortable. I know if you clean your closets or your basement or your garage you clean your psyche.
Today I got to thinking about clutter as I was - well, uncluttering.
Thing is I could not think of doing the whole house - too much to consider - so I concentrated on the kitchen. A small part of the kitchen. It felt too 'busy' so I took a few things off the walls, a few things off the shelves. It felt a lot better. Realized those things had become stuff.
At this point I changed my errand schedule and had another hour to play house. This felt very good.
Suddenly I felt like moving the furniture in that section of kitchen and cleaning underneath it, shook out the fleece chair covering, dusted the nooks and crannies on the spinning wheel. Put a few more things in the stuff pile.
Looked at the basket with its collection - and shrugged; it can wait.
I put the stuff pile in bags and the plan is to donate it to the next church sale. A couple of people came to mind who might like some of those things and I may or may not offer these to them before the church sale. Will think on this. Like advice, if someone asks me to look for something for them I have no hesitation in giving it, but, often what has become stuff to me will be stuff to someone else. It is getting harder and harder to get rid of stuff as more and more of us are finding out.