Clutter – Where Did It All Come From?

I am currently decluttering a house we’ve lived in for the past 30 years. Why, you might ask?

Because it’s official:

We are moving to North Carolina!

Our sons and I have lived our whole lives in Pennsylvania, but now is the right time for us to pull up stakes and move south. The state of Pennsylvania is a beautiful place with so many things to see and do but for those of us who live here permanently, the summer is too short and the winter too long 🙂 My husband and I have wanted to move south for some years now, but our jobs and our sons still in school put that desire on hold. Now, one son being finished with college and the other in his second year of college, along with a recent loss of a good-paying job makes it the perfect time to move.

This decision was not easy to make, but I feel it is the right one for us.

If you have a big decision to make, read Big Decisions Can Be Scary!


My office/library has become the donation pile, packing pile and haven’t-decided-yet pile room.

So now we come to the subject of this post: clutter – where does it all come from?

Before putting the house on the market, we need to downsize from 30 years of accumulating stuff. I’ve been decluttering for about a month and have sent 5 trips to the local thrift store. But there’s still more! How could 4 people accumulate so much stuff?

I never realized that all these closets, drawers and cabinets can hold a lot of clutter. Now, I’m not talking about hoarding old junk mail, used take-out food containers and plastic silverware. The clutter I am going through is 16 sweaters when 4 would do, doubles of photographs from the boys’ childhood, old brides’ maid dresses and that plastic, Tupperware melon-baller that I won during a 1990 party that I never used.

melon baller

And why do we hang onto these ‘extra but still useful’ items?

  • Sentimental value
  • “I may wear/use it someday
  • Being a pack rat
  • The old boy scouts motto, always be prepared

What’s the solution? Recycle, reuse!

Bag up clean, useful items and drop them off at your local thrift store or drop off location. You will be freeing up your house of too many possessions and at the same time providing help to those who could really use the item.

Here are some sites that can help you declutter and organize:

How about you? Do you have clutter? What ways do you use to eliminate clutter?




15 thoughts on “Clutter – Where Did It All Come From?

  1. Best of luck to you. I’m sure you will not miss the fun of “lake effect snow” of the lee of the lake. As a former resident of Erie/Crawford Counties who moved south (to Tampa in 1965), it is quite a change. One tip though, if you are using the map you posted and plan to go to Charlotte, you’re going to miss it. The map has it WAY too far east of its actual location. If you don’t have a GPS get a good fold out from Exxon. Do gas stations still have maps?


    • Thanks for the wishes, Mike! Yes, gas stations have maps but they are not free anymore 🙂
      The map in the post was just a simple photo to use. We will definitely be getting official maps.
      Thanks for stopping by and sharing.

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  2. I’m bookmarking this post! We’re upping stakes and moving at the end of the year too!! But, silly us, we’re going north, home to Canada. I’ve also started weeding through the “treasures” that have accumulated over the 15 years we’ve been in this house. The mind boggles at some of this stuff. Good luck with your move!!


  3. I will miss all of you so much!!! I wish you the best of luck, you and Jim have been more then neighbors you are my friends! Thank you for always being there for me.


    • It was a hard decision to make to move away from all our friends and family. My excitement for new adventures is shadowed by how much I will miss everyone. I just hope we will find neighbors as great as you guys 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by and sharing Julie!


  4. We love gathering things. For years now, I have toned down and learning how to minimize.


  5. Ann Filutze says:

    So happy for you , Diane, but very sad that you are leaving our area. I really enjoy your friendship and our writing experiences. “Thanks for the memories” and make many more. Blessings to your family! Ann


  6. […] all this ‘fun’ is new to us. We’ve spent a couple months de-cluttering (see post Clutter: Where did it all come from? ), fixing minor tasks and updating (see post Giving our kitchen a makeover) and now we are in the […]


  7. Welcome to North Carolina!!!


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