AT on … Creative Reuse vs. Clutter

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In my effort to be a greener human being, I’ve seriously curbed my urge to purge. Throughout my life, I’ve been the opposite of a packrat—always happy to toss things rather than hold onto them. I’m not a big believer in mementos. I wasn’t a big believer in saving things “just in case” they could be used again …

Things have changed though. Now I have the urge to save a lot of things. Corks, glass bottles, bags of every shape and size, old towels, old sheets, etc. You name it, I’ve recently tried to keep it, even if every bit of its usefulness has been used up. I am a recent convert to the church of Creative Reuse, and my devotion is strong. I want to give everything another purpose.

But that leads me to the problem of clutter. Luckily, in my house, we don’t yet have a terrible problem with clutter. But I see the potential for it lurking in some of my over-stuffed cabinets, drawers, and closets.

We’re about to have a clutter crisis. I know it.

So how do you balance your creative reuse needs with your personal sanity? How do you keep clutter at bay? I’m going to need some advice.

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