I loathe unpretty boxes - either empty cardboard boxes as shown above, or full of random stuff laying around the house. I think the feeling stems from when we lived at our old house; we barely had any cupboard space, closet space and hardly any storage. Most of our items, wedding gifts, etc sat dormant in boxes for three years (and Hubs' stuff for longer) as we simply didn't have room to unpack and set up everything in the house then. When we moved to our now house, we went through a Peter Walsh Clean Sweep style purge and got rid of so much, it was actually quite amazing to think of all the things we had sitting in the basement for years.
The purging has not ended there, it is still an ongoing process. I think my box anxiety has passed over to Hubs, who went on a free-the-boxes purging frenzy before the in-laws came to visit after Christmas. My parents, on the other hand, have a "box room" in their basement and shudder every time a box gets thrown out, as they usually send us home with a box of food and canning.....and you can always use a box! I grew up with parents who saved (and continue to save) boxes, items, junk, etc......so I am used to living in manageable clutter........although I have to say they are getting better about purging items more often, and so am I.
For those of you with walk-in closets, do you ever feel as though a walk-in closet is hard to keep tidy and clutter free? Unfortunately, our walk-in closet always becomes a dumping ground while tidying up the house for company (Me to Hubs: "Just put that crap in there for now!! We'll deal with it later!!") This New Year I want to start my decluttering purge by cleaning out the walk-in closet and somehow combat the urge to treat it as a dumping ground. There is no need for me to hold onto shoe boxes (those darn boxes again!), books I no longer read, accessories clothes and shoes I don't wear anymore, all those wire hangers, miscellaneous pads of paper, crap........)
Do you have a place in your house where clutter accumulates? What items do you hold onto with good intentions and then the stuff just sits? (Mine are newspapers, magazines, unsorted photos and memorabilia, decorating stuff.........things I feel I HAVE to save or WANT to save.) What's your plan of attack for combatting pesky clutter?