I've been reading this book for the past week called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. Sheesh, what a title.
This book has become hugely popular in the recent months, even getting onto the NY Times Bestseller's list. It's all about minimalizing, a topic you guys probably know is close to my heart. Anyhow, I'm not done with the book yet, but I've already found that one thing is becoming painstakingly clear... the key to tidying / minimalizing is to discard, discard, discard. Oh yeah, and also to discard.
Too often we just move things from one place to another. Or shove everything into a hidden closet. We think: "out of sight, out of mind!" But of course to no one's surprise, the accumulation of useless things inevitably continues, until eventually you're right back where you started- stressing about the clutter of your place.
So in case you feel like your living space is too messy or unreasonable, I ask that you go home today and take a nice long look at your closet (or wardrobe, or bookshelf, etc.). Then... without hesitation begin to purge. Yes. Discard, dispose, shed, trash, ditch, abandon, toss, [enter next thesaurus word]. I know it's not easy, but it's the only way you'll keep yourself organized and free from clutter. It seems as though there are no alternatives.
....Though of course I'll let you know if the book changes its mind somewhere towards the end.