I’m not sure if the author knew how big of a can of worms he was opening by writing about people’s beloved pets being clutter!
Now, don’t get me wrong, I love my pets. They are like my babies in many, many ways, but I do agree with the author that they are indeed clutter.
Pets, not unlike human babies, come with a lot of stuff. Cats require scratching posts, toys, litter boxes, food and water bowls, and these are just the basics! Dogs similarly require food and water bowls, possibly a bed or kennel, somewhere to potty outside, toys, collars, leashes, grooming supplies, etc. This does not include specialized furniture, clothes and other accessories that some people provide for their pets.
Pets also clutter up our schedules. They require time, attention, and energy. I’m not saying this a bad thing, my dogs get me up and going earlier in the morning for a nice brisk walk before work, which is good for my health and theirs, but it does require planning. It takes time to care of them, play with them, socialize with them, get them to their grooming appointments (if necessary) and veterinary appointments.
I do not agree with Unclutterer‘s view that pets don’t offer anything to our living spaces. I think my pets definitely add to my life. They keep me company, make me happy and bring me joy. So though they are clutter and their stuff is clutter, they are a good clutter in my life and I won’t be “de-cluttering” my pets, though I do try to limit how many toys and things they have around the house at one time.
Which side of the fence do you fall on? Are pets clutter? Are they worth the “clutter” they bring into your life?
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