I'm torn right now between frugality and cleanliness; a minimalist lifestyle. I'm serious.
Maybe you all have some helpful insight for me?!?!?! Please?
I grew up in a hoarder home. My husband and I have inherited THREE lifetimes of "stuff" from relatives of his that have passed away. Minus things that other relatives of ours wanted.
My husband is the only child of his divorced/ single father who passed away from Leukemia a few years ago. His dad lived in a small trailer but he was also a rather OCD collector of antiques so we inherited a LOT of things; some very nice, some very valuable, all of which there's not much use for in our home. (I say all of that but I'm not able to get rid of any of these things as they do belong to my husband and they are what he has left of his dad so... it's case closed).
What I do have some control over is all of his grandparent's stuff that's still scattered all around our home more than 10 years after we purchased it. We bought his grandparents house, the house they built in the early 1940's. His mom grew up here. The home has always been in his family. But when his grandparent's passed and we purchased the house his family only took what they wanted and everything else stayed. I can hardly complain about this as I am quite frugal and I delight in being able to use, for example, very old measuring cups that just so happen to have been in my kitchen as opposed to buying new ones when my set broke (the kitchen was pretty much fully stocked with all sorts of old utensils that I use to this day). I've been able to sell some things on esty, old cups and glasses that now have some value. As you know if you've read through my blog I find things of use around the house, a giant old box of trash bags that enabled me to not buy trash bags for a year, bins for container gardens or flower pots, you name it, I've been finding use for random nonsense.
I read posts about de-cluttering, clearing out the waste, minimalist living; I LOVE these ideas. Because I grew up in a hoarder home the thought of a semi-empty house, all clean and clutter free, and cute and simple just makes my heart do happy leaps and giggle with glee (yes, my heart can giggle). But, we have all this stuff, stuff I've wrangled with the idea of unloading for years. Now maybe some tub or bin in my basement won't be useful to me for another three years BUT three years from now when I need it I won't have to buy one if I already have one. <- See the hoarder-ish logic there? But I'm absolutely not acquiring any new things, so it's not like I'm hoarding things myself.
The minimalist in me just wants to get rid of everything and live a simple life. I don't even like stuff. The frugalista in me wants to keep everything exactly where it is for the day in my life when it will become of use. I guess, in writing this post I'm realizing that maybe what I need is to just be more organized, to go through EVERYTHING and put everything in it's place. Maybe have a spot, ONE spot (like not scattered all over my entire home) for "future use" stuff and respective homes for currently useful things. I think I'm just super unorganized. Balance... right? I need to learn how to be me, a frugal minimalist with the free spirit of an artist. I can be an adult and be all those things together, right?
I think I can, I think I can, I think I can...