I'm going to look up that book Home Comforts, Krisnine. Thanks.
I'm completely guilty of keeping and collecting. I NEED my old RollingStone and design magazines. I NEED my 100 magazines with Cher on the cover. I NEED every camp letter sent to me and every birthday card.
They are in plastic boxes, labeled and covered in a closet. I do look at them over the years and I get a good laugh.
I love clean surfaces. Just because there is a surface, it doesn't mean it needs to be filled up.
You guys have it down. I don't know what it's like to try to attempt clearing out your SO's stuff. I'd probably be afraid to do it.
Another pet peeve.... When a client spends 50,000 dollars on a new kitchen and I walk in and see the refrigerator covered with magnets, papers and kid's art work I want to scream. I always make a place for a small or large cork board. STICK IT on there!
I even did a very large custom cork board on a large wall. They put all their calendars and notes on it. The little kids put their own artwork on the bottom where they could reach. (With supervision because of the push pins).