Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Clutter. This should be on a "bad word" list. Or something. And "stuff". It's not the words that are bad, it is the feelings they bring. This week, with the help of church and Bible study, I am starting to make a plan to declutter my life. I have realized that my life is cluttered. Like most people I know, I have too much "stuff"... way too much "stuff". In fact, I have so much stuff that my garage is filled with boxes of stuff that I don't even know what is there. I did finally downsize last year and got rid of the storage unit that I was paying for to keep my stuff. My house is also cluttered with "stuff". You know, the stuff you keep because someone gave it to you... or you might need it, someday.
But there's more than just the physical stuff. My life is also cluttered with stuff that I do, stuff that I feel like I should do, stuff that, well, just stuff. I seem to be always running on overdrive trying to keep up with "stuff". My stuff and the stuff that belongs to friends and family.
I have done a lot of thinking and praying about this lately. I have come to the conclusion that although not all the "stuff" in my life is bad... too much "stuff" and too much "clutter" is stressful. It wears you down. It robs you of the joy of the stuff you WANT to see and spend time on. It causes you to feel stressed, frazzled, exhausted, anxious, guilty, overwhelmed, tired, lonely, and sometimes even ill. I have been fighting a losing battle. I have felt unsuccessful in several areas of my life, and I have finally realized it is because I am trying to cram WAY too much stuff into my life. I need to slow down. I need to declutter. I need to remove the excess "stuff" that is in my way. They (whoever they are) say that admitting you have a problem is half the battle... That means I am half way to victory!!! The war is on.
...my name is Sandy, and my life is cluttered with stuff!