Yes, I have consulted all those de-cluttering sites and the like, and they do have many handy hints. But at the end of the day, most of the strategies don't work for me. I don't actually live in a messy or cluttered environment as I am lucky enough to have the space that it is mostly hidden away. But really, what is the point in having cupboards full of things that I "just might use one day"? For example, about four months ago I stripped the wallpaper in my bedroom and in the process filled a washing basket with the annoying bits and pieces that were lying about in the room. In the last four months I have not so much as looked in that basket let alone missed anything that is in it, and it is overflowing! I'd be willing to bet I could fill a room with baskets of that sort now.
I've tackled this problem before in many guises. As part of a house move, as part of spring cleaning, as a charitable act sending things to a place where they are more needed and even the old, "If something comes in, something goes out." But none of these strategies have helped me kick the habit. If I continue to see this process of sorting, de-cluttering and generally unburdening myself of these possessions as a chore, it will never happen. So, just like dieting, I think the secret lies in changing my mindset. And this is where William Morris comes to the rescue. The idea of living with things neither useful nor beautiful, seems like a luxury to my mind. Perhaps that is what I need. Given that we (okay I) am always looking for ways to make life more luxurious, this could be one of those secrets of the universe that only the select have mastered.
However, all of this is not to say that I am about to become a true minimalist. While I apprecaite the aesthetic for some, for me it would be a slow and painful death. So I decree that I am to become a Well Edited Maximilist! Following Mr Morris's principle combined with the emotional escape of finding better deserving homes for things, I WILL prevail.....as soon as I return from my shopping holiday.