Clean out the Clutter

Sentimental belongings and things that bring memories into our lives should be treated with great care and respect—not packed away or treated like clutter.

 But if there is a lot of physical clutter in your home de-cluttering will calm your spirit, clear your mind and increase your ability to enjoy your current situation and your life!

 What would you do if you actually had to use everything you own, including all that stuff in the drawers, cupboards, closets, shelves and boxes in your kitchen, bedrooms, living room, basement, attic, garage, rafters, driveway, patio, side yard and cars?

 Most of us will never accomplish such an overwhelming task. Instead, we pack it, stack it and pile it away—even pay rent to store it—and keep accumulating even more. More stuff only dilutes the quality of our lives.

Ask yourself these questions to decide if it’s clutter or not: 

  • Does it work? So much of the clutter in our homes is made up of broken things.
  • Do I really need it? Determine the impact if this item disappeared.
  • Do I enjoy it? If this item brings beauty and joy to your life, it is not clutter.
  • Am I using it now? When was the last time you wore it or used it?
  • Will I use it in the next year? If you are not certain you will use it soon, it’s clutter!

Sell it, give it away or throw it out. One of the best solutions for “good stuff” is to give it to someone who wants or needs it.   The more seriously you take this matter of de-junking, the greater the positive impact it will have on your life. Important stuff will be easier to find when you don’t have to rifle through piles of worthless clutter.


One Response

  1. Diane

    Mary Elizabeth,
    This article rings so true to me.

    My husband’s ashes are in a beautiful handmade urn that I purchased from a Vermont Potter. (She lives down the road from my sister.) I placed the urn on my husband’s bureau. I have kind of the little shrine for him. I place little items that remind me of him in small bowls and a small wedding picture. It is tidy and comforting to me. I even placed a battery operated candle next to it.

    May sound crazy to some, but it really does comfort me.

    Thank you.

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