It is not about the daily increases, but the daily decreases.
Hack away at the unessentials.~ Bruce Lee
The 4th week in March (some experts claim it is the 3rd week, so take your pick) is National Clutter Awareness Week. Heck… if you’ve got clutter, you are aware of it every day, not just one week a year. But, let’s be honest; do you really want clutter hanging around day after day, month after month, year after year. I bet the answer is a resounding, “NO!”
However, if you responded with a YES, then go read a book. This website is not for you.
But, if you responded with a NO, then what are you going to do about it? Do you r-e-a-l-l-y want a change? REALLY? Then, get started by changing the road you are traveling.
Without question, it takes action to make changes in your lifestyle. Clutter is not going to disappear just because you tidy up a bit. Nope! Clutter is here to stay if you fail to make wise choices and change behaviors on a daily basis.
Less is Best
No doubt, you have heard the saying, “Less is best!” What does it mean?
It means you have more control over your possessions only when you have less of them. Less stuff allows you to focus on what truly matters. The more you have the more you need to work to maintain, insure, provide storage, etc. A vicious cycle! If you want less stress in your life, then aim for less stuff. Beware that your stuff doesn’t begin to possess you!
Unfortunately, many people find it easier to be buried in clutter than figure out a way to eliminate it. Panic sets in when they look at all that has accumulated and wonder where to begin to clear the space. The immediate reaction is to run away, and that is what people do. They run off to work, to the mall or to volunteer positions. They head out the door for dinner and other “feel-good” entertainment. They use the excuse of busyness to avoid dealing with clutter and chaos in their life.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I am in favor of fun, wholesome activities, but when those activities become an outlet to get away from a cluttered environment, then it is simply an act of procrastination. Do you want to continue to live this way or are you searching for a peaceful haven?
The first and most difficult step of clearing clutter is to first acknowledge that it is a problem. Recognizing the fact that you are held in bondage to your possessions will precipitate action to do something about it. Look around:
- Is the floor space open, safe and easily navigable or hazardous to your toes?
- What about flat surfaces? Are they available for use or totally useless?
- Can you open a closet door without something tumbling out, or are you in the habit of ducking for fear of getting bonked on the head?
- When you pull out a drawer can you find what you want when you want it?
- Is a search in the attic, basement or garage overwhelming?
- Does the clutter accumulate faster than a litter of rabbits?
How to Control Clutter
- Hack away at the unessential stuff that accumulated over the years.
- Eliminate those things that are broken, unloved, no longer useful and do not add joy and beauty to your life.
- Designate a block of time on your day-planner to tackle clutter on a daily basis.
- Make an appointment with yourself and keep it! It is just as important as those activities that pull you away from home.
- Be proactive and set up an action plan. You cannot wish or dream away the excess. It takes steady work every day.
One Small Step Every Day
Remember the Hare and Tortoise story? Slow and steady wins the race. One step in front of the other over and over again.
Clearing clutter is not a marathon or a sprint. It is a steady, even stroll down life’s path. Slow and consistent step by step. Clutter didn’t appear overnight and will not disappear overnight.
To eliminate clutter it takes is an awareness of the problem and daily consistent changes in behavior. Many experts say that it takes 21 consecutive days to make or break a habit. Why not get started now and see how much better life can be without clutter.
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