This seems to be the one thing nearly everyone complains about. It could be the clutter of constant intake of paper such as mail, newspapers, magazines, or the items that pile up on kitchen counters and tables. Whatever or where ever the clutter is it drives us crazy.
I am in the process of downsizing from a house we have lived in for 51 years and I have decided I am an expert on clutter. =) Besides our children leaving things in our attic, friends who do not have storage left their things here. As a result I have been gathering ideas of how to minimize.
Of course clutter to one person may be memories and comfort to another person. The question to ask yourself is: Is your stuff overwhelming and driving you crazy? It is hard to give up things that belonged to your loved ones who have passed, I assure you that they have let go of the items and you can too. Take pictures of each treasure and give the item away.
I have a box of old pictures dating back to when I was born that I never look at. I am in the process of sorting them out. Prior to tossing them I will pass the box to my children and have them take what they want. I have about 100 books (no exaggeration) that I will never read again if I ever did…well they are going to shelters. Let someone else enjoy them. Then there are boxes of professional books that I would like to sell, these I have put in storage to worry about next year.
Piles of paper to be filed is usually endless. They are going into boxes and stored until next year when I have time to sort. If they have been in these piles for up to fifty years they can stay a little longer.
I have learned a lot in this process. I am able to give my “treasures” to my children and grandchildren and see their enjoyment, I can purge myself of‘stuff’ that I will never use. I even feel lighter by losing all this ‘stuff’.
I have not mentioned my desk yet but that’s because I happen to remember reading Benjamin Franklin comment about his desk he said, “That he was disappointed that he never mastered the virtue of orderliness.” Guess I am in good company. My new motto is: “Take a picture and give it away!”
Ruth B. Carr RN,MA,CH can be reached at 203-915-0480
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