Today I am going to share a few thoughts and ideas about clutter. As defined, clutter is: “A collection of things lying about in an untidy mass.”
Where does it come from? As I have read about the subject, there appears to be 6 types of clutter.
• The “Dream” clutter;
• The “homeless” clutter;
• The “garbage” clutter;
• The “But it was on sale” clutter;
• The “I’m stocking up because you never know” clutter, and finally
• The “emotional” clutter.
Dream clutter is what you buy when you aspire to be something or someone other than who you are. For example, it’s 3 am and you are watching an infomercial on the latest exercise trend You decide right then and there that YOU will completely change your day to day routine and sculpt that body you have always dreamed of and you will buy whatever it is they are selling to accomplish this. Two weeks later, you decide that it was temporary insanity and never use “the life altering” products again. They end up collecting dust under your bed. Folks, a more prudent avenue might be to try jogging or walking a few minutes a day…see if you really want to “change” whatever it is that you feel needs to change.
The “homeless” clutter is the stuff you simply have no place for, I’m sure we have all heard the saying “A place for everything and everything in its place. Really a good way to look at items in your home/business that seem to travel around from drawer to drawer and room to room. If you don’t know where it goes, chances are that you don’t need it–chuck it!
Garbage clutter…..this is pretty self explanatory. Old store receipts, post it notes from 2 years ago, junk mail, flyers, circulars, etc.
The “but it was on sale” clutter. Just because it was a bargain or free, it does not mean that it should take up residence in your home. If you don’t need it, find someone who does. If you don’t have space for it, don’t bring it home. This is where you need to figure out “needs vs. wants” .
“I’m stocking up because you never know”–what? A snow-pocalypse? A tiger-quake-nado? (ok, seriously, we had one of those last year in Oklahoma!), but once again–do you have adequate storage for these items that you will come to rely on in a time of emergency? If you have 50 pounds of rice and 50 lbs of beans and have no climate controlled space to store, it will most likely go bad or you will end up feeding all sorts of critters and you will have yet another problem to deal with.
Last but not least we have “emotional” clutter. These are mementos, things that freeze a moment in time or remind you of something or someone special. Honestly, having a memory box is great! If it does not fit in a box, or is not something you can display, what is the point of keeping it? Keep things that make you happy, not things you can’t enjoy without it becoming a hassle just to get your hands on it.
I hope you got something out of this– removing waste is a GOOD thing–we all need to de-clutter life!
If you decide it may be time to be rid of clutter in your life, call me for a quote! I’d be happy to help!
Keep it clean kitties!!