“Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough.”
I had breakfast with a friend a few days ago who told me she spent the first two days of her vacation decluttering her home office. As I sit her amongst piles of my own personal clutter I envy the joy that I know comes from ruthlessly pitching of the things we don’t need to save and will never get to as well as items whose connection to the past have long been forgotten.
When I had a staff I was dependent on their locking me up and forcing me to do what we called a “Stack Attack.” Stacks would become piles; the piles would become an inch or two of work which would soon result in a relatively clean surrounding and a feeling bordering on euphoria. I need that feeling again! Since my former work partners are no longer here to boost my courage I am planning on calling on an imaginary friend to help. I just hope I can conjure him up soon.
If you need to do something similar you might find these tips from Gretchen Rubin helpful.
Don’t get organized.
When you’re facing a desk swamped in papers, or a closet bursting with clothes, or counter-tops littered with piles of random objects, don’t say to yourself, “I need to get organized.” Your first instinct should be to get rid of stuff. If you don’t keep it, you don’t have to organize it. A huge amount of clutter is the result of keeping things you don’t use. “Well, I don’t have that problem,” you might think. “Why would I bother to keep something I don’t use?” But it’s easier than you think for this stuff to accumulate.
In fact, there are a surprising number of reasons to hang on to something you don’t use. Maybe you used this object in the past, and it has sentimental value – your ten-year-old’s old sippy cup. Maybe you wish you used this object, even though you never do – a set of hand-weights. Maybe you want to pretend you live a life where this object would be useful – linen cocktail napkins. (All items that I held onto for years, without using, by the way.) It can be painful to admit that you aren’t going to use certain possessions, but all that junk just gets in your way. Be honest with yourself.
I’m a big believer in keeping things for sentimental reasons, but it helps to admit that that’s what you’re doing and to act accordingly.
People also say, “No, I’ve never used that, but maybe I will! It might come in handy!” Maybe it will – or maybe it won’t. Ask yourself: how easy would it be to replace this item? Have I ever used it? What else in my life would have to change for me to use this?
For example, my sister had huge amounts of paper clutter, and when we started going through it, I saw that she was hanging on to all sorts of statements and receipts. She wanted to buy a file box to file it all away neatly, but I disagreed. “You should just throw these papers away,” I said, “why do you them at all?” “Maybe I’ll need them,” she objected. But she’d never needed them in the past, and it wouldn’t have been hard to get copies, if she would ever need them. So we tossed all of it. Much easier than organizing it!
So the next time you have the urge to get organized, and especially if you feel tempted to buy organizing doodads, first push yourself to throw away or give away the things you don’t actually use. You may find yourself left with nothing to organize.
Have you ever realized that you’ve been hanging on to something that you didn’t use? Why were you keeping it?
“Clutter is stuck energy. The word “clutter” derives from the Middle English word “clotter,” which means to coagulate – and that’s about as stuck as you can get.”
Life was simpler when:
Abilities were discovered because of a “double-dog-dare.”
“Oly-oly-oxen-free” made perfect sense.
Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for giggles.
The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team.
War was a card game.
Water balloons were the ultimate weapon.
Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle.
Ice cream was considered a basic food group.
Older siblings were the worst tormentors, but also the fiercest protectors.
“The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that is difficult.”
Marquise du Deffand
Top 10 Ways to Tell You’re a New Dad
10) Getting six hours of sleep is a privilege.
9) The sentence, “Honey, could you take his foot out of my pocket?” sounds normal.
8) You are used to doing everything one-handed.
7) The thought of your mother-in-law coming over for a few hours is a pleasant one.
6) The list of bodily fluids that disgust you has shortened, possibly to zero.
5) Your idea of romance is hand-holding.
4) You answer the question “How are you?” with “We’re fine.”
3) You decide whether a shirt is wearable not based on sweatiness, but based on how well the spit-up stains match the shirt’s main colour.
2) You see a slender teenage girl walking down your street, and you think, “Hey, I wonder if I could interest her in babysitting?”
And the #1 way to tell that you’re a new dad:
1) It takes you two months to write and send out a simple top-10-style joke email.
“Children are natural mimics – they act like their parents in spite of every attempt to teach them good manners.”
A retiree was given a set of golf clubs by his co-workers. Thinking he’d try the game, he asked the local pro for lessons, explaining that he knew nothing whatever of the game.
The pro showed him the stance and swing, then said, “Just hit the ball toward the flag on the first green.”
The novice teed up and smacked the ball straight down the fairway and onto the green, where it stopped inches from the hole.
“Now what?” the fellow asked the speechless pro.
“Uh… you’re supposed to hit the ball into the cup,” the pro finally said, after he was able to speak again.
“Oh great! Now you tell me,” said the beginner in a disgusted tone.
“The more you have, the more you are occupied.
The less you have, the more free you are.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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