My Clutter Breakup

October 15, 2014 8:55 PM

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I've lived in my apartment for over 10 years now and as such, I have accumulated lots of stuff: books, magazines I haven't read but intend to, stacks of newspaper articles, bills, receipts, ever-expanding files, various odds and ends -- just stuff. Without the incentive of a move, I'd never fully taken stock of my stuff and whittled it down to less stuff. And, truth be told, I had grown accustomed to my clutter. It tolerated me, and I tolerated it. Plus, it was a neat sort of clutter. I'm very good at organizing my mess into neat little piles strategically scattered throughout my apartment. But beneath the veneer of tidiness, I had to admit my place wasn't what I wanted it to be. It wasn't a reflection of my best self. And lately, I'd started to feel a bit stifled by all my stuff.

With the help of an amazingly supportive and patient friend, I set out to sift through the muck and mire of my mess and literally clean house. We first raided my kitchen, tossing out items of food that had outlived their expiration dates. I was slightly mortified to discover just how many items in m...

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