Do You Find Life Comfort in Clutter?

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    May 30, 2015 4:23 AM GMT
    NYT: It is time to liberate ourselves from the propaganda of de-cluttering and turn to collecting and displaying what we treasure.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/31/style/lets-celebrate-the-art-of-clutter.html?ref=fashion
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    May 30, 2015 4:51 AM GMT
    I find life comfort in not being dead.
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    May 30, 2015 2:53 PM GMT
    i think people are pre disposed to some things; clutter being one of them.

    a deal breaker of mine:
    never date a man that has a different clutter tolerance in their life.

  • ChicagoSteve

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    May 30, 2015 7:14 PM GMT
    No, I find clutter really does "clutter up" my thinking process. I like having things in order and seeing empty space in my apartment. Luckily, my condo association is having a yard sale in two weeks. I am going to go through my closets and get rid of a bunch of stuff.
  • carew28

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    May 31, 2015 6:10 PM GMT
    I don't mind clutter. I actually prefer a cluttered house or apartment to one that is spic-&-span clean. It just seems more comfortable, and not sterile.

    I periodically go to two doctor's offices. One is old-fashioned, with decorations, posters, figurines, books, pictures on the walls, etc., that reflect the doctor's personality. The other is immaculately clean, nothing personal whatsoever, just the computer set-up and metal cabinets. I much prefer the first one, it makes the wait more interesting. Somehow, it just seems more human.
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    May 31, 2015 7:37 PM GMT
    We frequently get elderly couples who say ridiculous things such as "we're too old to buy things." I will be referencing this article the next time we get those types.
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    May 31, 2015 11:07 PM GMT
    It really depends on the space/architecture of the place I'm living in at the time.

    I once had a cabin in the woods I staged with vintage tchotchkes to look like the hunting lodge of a widow from the 20s through the early 50s (pretty specific, eh?). There, I found comfort in the clutter - particularly since I was coming from a spacious yet somewhat sleek, minimal NYC apartment in which I'd have found clutter a distracting nuisance. Of course in both spaces I tended to have different states of mind. Sounds counterintuitive - you'd think the apartment would be cluttered and the weekend escape minimal - but I never followed the herd.

    After downsizing to one house it took about 4 years for me to let go of the stuff I'd accumulated for different spaces over the years - one does get attached. But once I did - including emptying the basement and the attic - it felt pretty good. As one talk show put it: "Take a picture to keep the memory, then throw it out."
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    May 31, 2015 11:32 PM GMT
    No, I do not like clutter. Unless it's dozens of faberge eggs, shut the fuck up.