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Clearing the Clutter from My Life

Friday, October 21, 2011

A couple months ago I read the book "It's All Too Much" by Peter Walsh. He's that clutter guy you saw on Oprah last season. Anyway, there was something he said that made total sense to me and sparked me to get the clutter out of my life. He tells his clients to create a vision of the life they want for themselves before they do anything. Then when they are going through their clutter they are to ask themselves if the items they have will help them get to their vision. If not, it needs to go. As soon as I finished the book, I started thinking about all the stuff I have. I am by no means a hoarder, but I have a lot of stuff in storage that I haven't gone through in years. When my last semester ended, I waded into my stuff in storage like a woman possessed. Every box was cut open and every item was unwrapped, evaluated and put into 1 of 3 piles. Keep, Yard sale or Donate. When I was done, my number of boxes was cut in half and I have enough stuff for a really good yard sale next spring. It was very cathartic to go through all this stuff and only keep what I would want to take to my dream house (someday there will be a dream house!) I felt lighter and unburdened.

I decided to kick the clutter to the curb in every aspect of my life as well. My everyday living spaces have been cleaned up and decluttered. The house is more open, roomier and brighter. If I listen closely I swear I can hear an angelic choir faintly singing in the background as the sunlight shines through the windows!

I've gone through my clothes, my greeting cards, my books and DVD's. There's so much stuff that really means nothing to me. Next I moved onto my computer, my email files are bare bones, my programs only have what I need in them and as for facebook, all posers, creepers and frienemies have been unfriended. I know who my friends are and I don't need facebook to find them!

I've gone through my health & fitness plans as well. I've been working on my scattered thoughts on this matter lately and I'm starting to see the light. I have solid goals in place and I'm working towards a nutrition plan. I have a few more things I needs to research and put in place before I feel like I'm on my way.

I know what you're thinking. "Wow, she's got it together." Yeah, I thought that too, until I had a mini freak out today. It occurred to me that without the clutter and the scattered thinking, what would I do with my down time. I'm not someone who likes not having something to do. I need a to-do list with a running total. Not having something that needs to be done, throws me. But somewhere in the middle of the freak out - as I was looking at the cloudless sky - it occurred to me...my slate is as clean as this cloudless sky, what I put on it is up to me. This is a great time for a new beginning, to start over and go in any direction I want to go. So I'm taking deep breaths and thinking deep thoughts of where I want to go and what I want to do with my clean slate. It's a little scary and very exciting all at once.

I'll keep you all posted and show you my slate just as soon as I start writing on it!
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PELESJEWEL 1/7/2012 8:24PM

    emoticon emoticon I'm at the beginning of what will be my 2012 de-clutter journey. Thanks for sharing, very uplifting!

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PILLOWFOOL 10/22/2011 2:18AM

    as I read this I look around my desk and see - books, nail polish, body wash, odds and ends of paper, a shirt, an empty tissue box... etc and I think OMG how can I live in this clutter! time to get cleaning and sorting! thanks for the motivation!!!!

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LADYJAKE1 10/21/2011 7:10PM

    Very good. I have done the same thing in the past and my house is very much a better place.
My 2 kids have grown and moved on and I now have 2 granddaughters, funny how life is, again I have toys and have had to baby proof my kitchen cabnets, only they go home at the end of the night and I get my peace and quiet time....

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