Unless you are conducting CSIs (clutter scene investigations) around your home on a fairly frequent basis, you may unknowingly be depriving yourself of valuable living and storage space. Think of yourself as a minesweeper trawling the restless seas of your living quarters, on constant lookout for those inanimate space invaders so undeserving of residence in your domicile. These items are usually found in seldom visited areas such as basements, garages and attics. They escape detection because they simply are not needed.
Today we are talking about a category of CRUD (Completely Ridiculous Useless Debris) that is regrettably far too commonplace. This is CRUD that consists of possessions that were designed for limited use. Take an appliance like a rug shampooer, for instance. It certainly makes sense when you have wall to wall carpeting. But, what if you have put down hardwood or laminate? In our opinion there isn’t much else you can do with a wet vacuum, is there? The same goes for the “fan” zone you may be cultivating beneath the basement stairs, even though you had central air conditioning installed over a decade ago. You may even locate an old window mounted air conditioner while you are on the scene. CRUD like this occupies sizable chunks of your available storage, needlessly crowding you in areas where immediate to access to things is critical.
We always tell our clients that they need to develop strategies to welcome new things into their lives. New stuff is coming in all of the time. One of the easiest and most effective ways of creating space is to eliminate items that no longer serve the purpose for which they were intended.
This kind of CRUD is not only restricted to basements and garages. Examples abound in places like the bathroom where an electronic scale has no doubt replaced a cruder mechanical model whose readout was perpetually under-reporting your actual weight. If the unreliable one is still hanging around as a “spare”, it needs to go, if only to provide much needed storage for the hairdryer collection. Your kitchen is another area you need to survey for possible infringement infractions. Lunch boxes and thermoses probably live in the cupboards even though your kids moved out as soon as they graduated. Meanwhile, you have no counter space for food preparation because you have nowhere else to put your canisters, kettle and soda maker.
As was previously stated, clutter scene investigations are part of an on-going process to keep you, rather than the stuff in control of the household. Every time the words upgrade or renovation enter your thoughts they should signal an equal and opposite reaction. If central vacuum system is being introduced, do the old vacuum cleaner and electric brooms need to stay? When you splurge on a pod coffee maker is there any reason to hold on to the drip version and accompanying paper filters? Appliances in good working order are always welcome as donations or can even be sold.