Clutter Busting

clutterClutter can cost you, both in time and in money. When we spend so much time taking care of stuff that we get little pleasure or accomplishment from, when we spend money to house items that we don’t need, we can’t soar in our lives. Those things creep in, usually slowly, and rob us of family time, financial security, and a sense of home as a haven.

Simplifying can be freeing.

Most of us have way too much stuff, too much clutter, so much that we would never be able to catalogue everything we own from memory. Yet, despite this, we tend to feel as though we constantly need more. I don’t think that there is anything wrong with owning things that we love, but what about the rest? Do we love the junk mail and school papers that accumulate on the kitchen counter, or the stack of books that we may read someday, or the clothes in the back of the closet that we never seem to want to wear?

Chances are, if you sit down with your computer or pencil and paper and start writing down what you own, being very specific, you’ll quickly find out which things that mean the most to you. The rest might just be too much.

In order to make room in our lives for the things that do fulfill us, we have to get rid of the things that serve as distractions. Clutter can hold us back.

I am by no means a master of this, this removing the excess from my life. In fact, I have a long way to go. I look forward to the day when we can look around at my home and really love everything that our eyes see.

Here is a list of my clutter busting accomplishments this week, so far.

  • One large food pantry
  • Magazines
  • Flat surface one
  • Toys (one large contractor bag–whoo hoo)
  • Children’s books
  • Children’s videos
  • Adult Books
  • Cookbooks
  • Adult medicine cabinet
  • Children’s medicine cabinet

Have you been getting rid of clutter? Please comment with your accomplishments. Do you have any questions about where to start? Post them as well.


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4 responses to “Clutter Busting

  1. yes, i have. three big bags of books and a sack of clothes went to the charity shop just the other week. it is a fantastic feeling, isn’t it?

  2. That is great, Janna! For me, books are the hardest to de-clutter.

    • i know! books are my greatest addiction. (and also tea.) it’s less impressive than it sounds, though…they were advance copies from publishers that i didn’t even want to read in the first place. 😛

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