For far too long I was living with the clutter. Shuffling it around, organizing it, giving it a new purpose or a new home, but never getting rid of it.
Which leads me to some thoughts on clutter and what we're actually doing with it.
to fill or cover (something) with many things
to run in disorder
to fill or cover with scattered or disordered things that impede movement or reduce effectiveness
We often think of clutter as being physical. But clutter can be many different things. If it impedes movement or reduces effectiveness, the states of clutter are endless. Our minds are filled with clutter. We are on information overload and we can't. stop. downloading. Our schedules are cluttered with meaningless tasks. We're biting off more than we can chew.
We buy every new storage solution for our physical clutter and expect the messes to clean themselves. We download apps that will save us time and money but we can't remember which one does what and when to use it. We sign up for anything and everything that we think will bring meaning and wealth but we're actually giving up our own dreams and purpose in the mean time.
It's time to get rid of it. Stop trying to organize the clutter and send it to the curb. Organized clutter is still clutter. Believe me. I'm all about organizing the things we own, our schedules, and everything that we do in this life. But it has to be intentional. There is no need to waste time and energy on something that is not fulfilling our purpose.
I look at Pinterest and see a million different ways to organize all of our crap. And guess what. That usually means you have to go spend more money on more things to put the things we already have into them. Then our home feels clean and empty so we need more things in the home. And Sally has a better mirror so I need that one too. And I love that new hair product even though I still have half a bottle of the previous purchase I couldn't live without and now I need another organizer to put all of my new stuff in.
It doesn't stop.
Until you decide that you're done. That you don't want any more crap and you'd rather have the money to invest, or retire, or send your kids to college, or pay for your daughter's dream wedding. I know these feelings because I've felt them. And even when you stop buying things, you have to get rid of the ones you don't need. When you finally start to get rid of things instead of just shuffling them around and finding "better" homes within your home for them, you realize how little value these "things" are.
So, will you join me? Will you start letting go of some of the clutter that's consuming your life? Get rid of it. Let it go. Let go of the guilt while you're at it. You can do it and you will feel so much better when you do!
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