Lisa - posted on 10/29/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )
My partner is a clutter bug and will not throw anything away. We live in a small house and really do not have room for clutter on top of which the clutter drives me batty!!!
For example, this morning he was out cutting wood so I was going to clean off what has become the "junk shelf" that holds the "junk basket" that is right below his "junk bulletin board." I had three piles I was sorting, one for garbage, one for filing and one for keep. He came in the house and started going through the garbage pile pulling out all of the receipts. Now these are receipts for groceries, gas, etc., and most of them were old and had already cleared the bank. Another example is that on our desk he will not throw out a calculator that only works if you press down on the screen while you're using it. There is another calculator right next to it that works fine. He keeps boxes for cell phones, shoes, etc., that we don't even have anymore!! Manuals for a printer that can be replaced at walmart for $35 and stored in our attic we have printers that do not even work anymore!!
Anyone have tips for breaking these habits? I know they come from his mother who keeps EVERYTHING but really, half the stuff he insists on keeping is not worth the time, money, or space to keep it. I got so mad this morning at him, I picked up everything I was storing and threw it back into the basket and stormed out of the room which is totally out of character for me but I've had it with the clutter!! I also do not want my children to have these habits.