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A Life Filled With Too Many Things

Updated on July 15, 2013
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Too Much Stuff!

I woke up this morning with an agenda!  Too start cleaning up the "stuff" that I found myself surrounded by.  That was to start with my bedroom!  

My desk was filled with classwork for my grandson, hospital information for my husband, and bills that needed my attention.  Paper, paper, and more paper!  It's a place where my lap top resides, where my grandchildren will sit and play, and a catch all for temporary-placed items. There's a stack of pocketbooks in the corner of the room that I rotate usage of and let's not talk about ALL the hair products and lotions that have overflowed the bathroom cabinet into my bedroom.

Omigosh!  So much stuff!  It wearies me so until i often stop in the middle because the task of cleaning up the stuff has become overwhelming!

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Let's Be Clear! It's Clutter!

Somewhere, in my subconcious, I feel the need to hold on to the body spray that I purchased from Bath and Body in the World Trade Center over 10 years ago! It still smells great, so how can I possibly just throw it away! LOL!

The drawers in my bedroom are busting with clothes that I have convinced myself that I will one day get back into! The boxes of church hats, shoes, and pocketbooks have filled every nook and cranny in my walk-in closet!  I've kept receipts, invoices, and bills for believing that "one day" I may need it!  The irony of it all is that if I did need it, I wouldn't be able to find it anyway!

I simply look at all the stuff and realized that I purchased these items because "I just had to have it!" However now, it has overwhelmed my mind and emotions to the point that I feel helpless to remedy it!

What is Clutter?

Clutter is anything we don't need, want, or use that takes our time, energy or space, and destroys our serenity.

It can be outgrown clothes, obsolete papers, broken toys, disliked gifts, meaningless activity, ancient resentments, or unsatisfying relationships. We may be selective in some areas, but not in others. Objects may be strewn about or wedged into drawers; neatly stacked or stowed in storage.

Spiritual Issue

Make no mistake, clutter is a sign of what is going on with you mentally, emotionally, and spiritually! Cluttered surroundings equals a cluttered mind!


Look to the Trees

A neighbor friend of ours is a professional tree cutter. He can look at a tree and decide what shape the tree should take. Until I met him, a tree was a tree!

A tree will grow all kinds of branches going all which a ways but it is the job of the pruner to decide what is best fitted for the tree. If this is not done, the tree becomes prone to disease, breakage, and splitting.

He begins by cutting the branches that grow wildly from the main branches, those that grow low on the tree trunk, and those that are damaged.

He then opens up the inside of the tree with his pruning to allow the wind to "blow" through the tree without causing it severe damage. What we are left with is a beautiful canopy.

With too much clutter we see "everything" but "nothing!" Everything becomes one but nothing at all. Things that we once held dear gets lost in the mass of memories.

When we are spiritually over-whelmed, we lose sight of what is important and we then succumb and yield to the emotions of helplessness. It takes too much energy to put things in their proper prospective and when then put it off for tomorrow and before we know it, tomorrow never arrives.

Our spirit becomes worn, tired, and lacks the energy to invite a new day with vigor and thankfulness. We set ourselves up for failure to recognize that life and each day is a gift. The funny thing is that clutter creeps up on us and so our spirit loses it lustre little by little.

Tree

The Effect of Clutter

Clutter resides, in a large part, due to our emotional attachment to things!

Clutter touches our homes, cars, and work spaces and it affects us physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  It seems to have a mind of its own and multiplies effortlessly, it seems, without any assistance from us!

Following are some examples on how clutter takes a toll on us:

  1. Clutter can often tie you to your past! Causing you not to move forward with your life!
  2. Clutter can effect your body weight! You become to tired to deal with the clutter.
  3. Clutter causes mental confusion.
  4. Clutter is often an expression of depression!
  5. Clutter invites disorganization on several levels of your life. (work, home, and personal)
  6. Clutter will cause you to misplace valuable paperwork and items.
  7. Clutter is definitely a great distraction.
  8. Clutter "zaps" the life out of you!

Cluttered

How to Deal With Clutter?

For some people this will be a longer process for some than others. Below, you can use the four categories to get started:

  1. Things that you no longer love or love.
  2. Things that are untidy or disorganized, or in disrepair.
  3. Items that have overflowed a space that is too small.
  4. Anything unfinished, if you haven't completed in the last 10 years, more than likely you will not complete it! Give it away or donate it to another hobbyist!

Give yourself specific times to deal with clutter. Don't just bag your clutter to donate it and have the bag sitting in the floor for months.

Decluttering

From Clutter Anonymous:

"Decluttering is not merely eliminating, but gradually transforming our space so that we surround ourselves only with things that express our purpose. It means turning something useless into something useful; creating more leisure and space; being more honest in our relationships; eliminating distractions and simplifying our lives in order to find our spiritual roots.

Although we may cling to our clutter, what we really yearn for are surroundings of beauty, order, serenity; a balanced life; and harmonious relationships."

http://sites.google.com/site/clutterersanonymous/Home/what-does-cla-have-to-offer-you/am-i-a-clutterer/what-is-clutter



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    • Lady Summerset profile imageAUTHOR

      Lady Summerset 

      7 years ago from Willingboro, New Jersey

      Greetings C-Bless, I see great minds think alike! After writing this that afternoon I was joined by a fellow commuter for the ride home and I mentioned what I wrote. She looked like a dear caught in "headlights" and said "my house is dirty, but my husband says he doesn't mind!"

      Thanks for visiting me!

    • C-Bless profile image

      C-Bless 

      7 years ago from Canada

      One of my favourite shows (and guilty pleasures) is Hoarders. Why? Probably because their clutter is 1000 times worse than mine (lol). I read every word with relish. Thank you for sharing...

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