I like to think of clutter clearing as a gift to myself. Once everything is organized and in its own, place life seems to run more smoothly. Whether it’s getting rid of a dead plant, a bunch of useless items in a junk drawer, or paperwork that’s collected from my classes…it’s important to me to not let the clutter go to far and keep areas in my home clutter free.
A survey conducted earlier this year, show that two thirds of adults say that they attempt to clear the clutter in their homes at least once a year. It’s clearly important to most people to limit the amount of clutter in their life. Give yourself the gift of a clutter free home. It’ll reduce the amount of stress in your life and make it easier to relax.
I’ve been slowly working my way through the list I made for this weekend, and I found quite a few things that I can sell online, that I don’t use anymore. I also went through an old box of photos, cards, and memorabilia and that was fun. It’s been a relaxing weekend.
This weekend, on one big project I found it was easier to break up over several days. I planned to spend 20 minutes a day on it, and it was amazing how quickly that one project was done if I was completely focused on it.
One of the areas that I’ve sorted through this year, but didn’t really get rid of very many items in is my numerous bags of clothes. I’ve lost quite a bit of weight this year and some of those old clothes are starting to fit again and I’m glad that I didn’t get rid of them. I suspect that this is the one big project that will have to wait until next year when I’m at the weight that I’d like to be at.
It looks like I’ll get everything else done that I planned to do this year for this project, and I’m happy with that. I’ve gotten rid of hundreds of items more than I could’ve imagined. For the most part, my house feels organize and clutter free and that was my overall goal for the year.
This weekend, Wayne cleaned out his room; it’s been years since I’ve seen the carpet in there. He had some relatives coming this week and I guess that motivated him. For all of the clothes and stuff he had in there…he only got rid of a bag of clothes, a box of books, and I think he threw away some stuff. I guess he just picked up the rest of it and put it where it belonged. I thought he’d get rid of several boxes of stuff. Our entire garage is filled with his stuff. He can’t even get the car in there. Apparently, it’s difficult for him to get rid of stuff.
Feng Shui states that other peoples clutter can affect you if it’s where you live. I find that fascinating.
A few years ago, before we bought the house we live in now, I went through all of my stuff and got rid of 30+ large boxes of stuff. I put all of the boxes being picked up by Salvation Army near the front door. Each day I’d go through at least one box of stuff and decide what to do with it. The donation pile grew and grew. Wayne said seeing that pile there motivated him to go through his own stuff, and he did. At the time, we hadn’t even considered buying a house. It was almost as though we knew we would be moving soon, and didn’t want to move the clutter with us. Needless to say, it was the easiest move I’ve had.
Back then, my clutter and the elimination of it motivated him to do the same. Now I need to figure out how to get him to do the same with the stuff in the garage.
This month, I have my bedroom on the schedule for decluttering. I spend more time in this room than anywhere else. I’ll go through the dresser, night stand, closet, jewelry, and the under the bed and organize them. I don’t think there is a lot to do because I can’t see the clutter, but I might be surprised.
I want to easily find and see everything I can to use it. I sometimes forget I have something and don’t wear it; work in this room should eliminate that. I only want to be surrounded by what I love and use.
This year, I bought a queen size bed and got rid the of the king size bed. We have a lot more room now, and we were able to move a chair into the room.
Can clutter cause you to be physically ill? Yes, say experts. Last spring I took a Feng Shui course and I read that, “clutter is an element of your environment that causes you to have ill feelings inwardly.”
That surprised me. But I’ve felt it. A few years ago, I had a room full of boxed clutter that I needed to go through. I had moved into a 2-bedroom apartment so that I’d have a room for all of these extra boxes of stuff I owned. Those boxes stayed there for many, many months. Several times, I tried to force myself to go in there and go through those boxes (my plan was to get rid of stuff), but as soon as I entered the room, I felt physically sick and had to leave.
Finally, I got to a point where I was mentally ready to deal with it and I did. My life seemed to open up drastically after that and changed for the better. It felt like holding onto that clutter was holding me back. But I think an important point is also that until I was mentally ready to get rid of that stuff, it wasn’t going to happen. My body wasn’t going to allow it. Clutter can weigh us down. But getting rid of it has the potential to change your life. That’s why I find clutter clearing so interesting.
I bought a few things while on vacation; some were necessities and some were not. I realized while unpacking that if I put something downstairs, I didn’t plan to use it anytime soon. Most likely, I didn’t need to buy those items. It’s excess. Excess is collected clutter. It’s like it’s engrained into me; and I’d like to break that cycle.
I’ve heard stories about people who lose everything in a fire or flood and even though they are upset, they also found it freeing. I’m not sure I’ll ever be at that point, but I wish I could be. It would be nice to put everything I own into 10 boxes or less, but when you own a house…that’s impossible. Somewhere in there is a balance…I’d like to find that balance this year.
I’ve made some progress this year in my clutter clearing efforts, but I still have a long way to go. This month, I’d like to work on uncluttering me. This is my birthday month and it sounds fitting. There are some reasons I keep clutter and I think this is a great month to figure out why that is and deal with it so it doesn’t reoccur. What things do I do that distract me from my purpose, and why? I’m looking forward to figuring this out and doing something about it.
From Oprah’s, Conquer Your Clutter Room By Room:
After you’ve done a surface purge and decided on a vision for each room in your home, the deep cleaning begins. Now it’s time to go through your house room by room and overcome your attachment to items that don’t help you live the life you want.
Use these ground rules when cleaning out any room in your home:
Think it through. In each room, think about what’s particular to that room in terms of the stuff that needs to be in it, the stuff that tends to accumulate in it and how you’re going to approach the task.
Set it up. The setup is the same for every room:
Establish zones for the different activities that take place in the room.
Figure out what doesn’t belong in the room.
Make it happen. This is the action plan that will help you make your vision for the space a reality.
Which room do you want to start with?