Remember Mom and that old saying – A place for every thing and every thing in it’s place… That is definitely a saying from a bygone era, but it was darn good advice!
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Part of the problem of clutter is about items that aren’t getting put away in it’s proper place, but with a lot of stuff, it doesn’t have a proper place to begin with, so it just drifts around your house aimlessly and it seems to attract more clutter to itself. And before you know it, you have piles of loose stuff covering every visible surface.
Take a minute to mentally look around your house and see how many “homeless” items you have taking up space around your house. These can be items that have an established home, but are “vacationing” in another area. Or truly homeless items that don’t have a home to begin with. How many of these freeloaders are you willing to put up with?
Keep in mind that these items are taking up space that is needed for legitimate items, and also clean, open space that is needed for your sanity. And after all, how much is THAT worth?
These items really just represent the postponed decisions in your life. You don’t necessarily want them, but you haven’t made the time to really sit down and take the time to evaluate them and take the steps necessary to either find them a permanent home, or send them on their way.
It doesn’t have to be a big chunk of time. Even five minutes is enough time to go through a shelf, or a drawer, or a pile of papers sitting in a corner. You can spare five minutes can’t you? Shoot, that’s one round of commercials during a TV program. And after a few five minute sessions here and there, things will start looking a whole lot better!
I read a great quote this week “When you clear the clutter out of your life, the stuff you really want has room to show up”.
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Think about it. When you clear all the excess clutter in your schedule, you have time to do the fun stuff with your friends and family. When you clear the excess “clutter” from your body, you have room for new, pretty clothes and a more fun and active lifestyle, not to mention a few extra years of time on this earth. And when you clear the excess clutter out of your home, you are not only freeing up the physical space; you are freeing up your time from cleaning as much. You are also freeing up more space that makes it easier to store and use the items you want to have and enjoy using.
Most importantly you also free up your spirit from the stress and guilt of all that clutter. And honestly, what is it about all those “things” that could possibly be worth that much hassle?
I have done countless decluttering missions in my house over the years. Everything from clothes, to toys, books, movies, and papers. I’ve sent SO MANY boxes of “stuff” to charity and you know what? If my life depended on it, I couldn’t tell you 5 things that I’ve gotten rid of. Honest!