When faced with clutter do you find yourself asking how it got there? Or are you well aware of what contributed to its presence?
Clutter is not something that happens to us. It is something we allow, that builds over time and it is our way of living that leads to clutter accumulating. When it comes to clutter we have a choice and once we take responsibility for our part in it we can then ask the question, why do we allow clutter?
by Nikki McKee
As odd as the question may seem, is there something about clutter that serves you in some way?
When we move house we are stepping into our future. We move to a place that is to be our home and we do not know what that home has in store for us. When we step inside the house and begin to unpack and set ourselves up, we are setting up configurations and an environment that we will be living in. The importance of this is huge. This physical place is to en-house us.
So what do we want to take with us?
Decluttering and getting rid of what you have been carrying around for years, or maybe even lifetimes, can seem like a daunting task. And in case it’s not obvious, the baggage can be material or it can be emotional. If you’re not sure if you have emotional clutter, your living space may be able to reflect that to you. Getting to the internal clutter is a little easier if you start with the temporal. As you clear the tangible clutter, you may find you throw out some of what you have been hoarding and holding onto internally.
Instead, I chose to look at the potential of what could happen if I did move on and let these things go.
What does the not-letting-go do to us? We hold onto all these things and clothes that we don’t use or wear and they take up space - in more ways than just the physical. We can keep ourselves crammed in with so much of the old there simply isn’t the space for blooming.
Written by Nikki McKee
Our clutter has been collected over time and we often find ourselves unable or unwilling to get rid of it. What exactly are we holding onto?
We can acknowledge it is clutter and that we want to take action over it, however so often there is a major road block and we use lack of time as an excuse.
But does it go deeper than this? If we really want to do something we find the time. So what is it about clutter that so often stops us from wanting to go there?
· An obvious one is the closet. What’s in your closet? A pile of clothes that will fit when you loose that extra weight? Clothes that cost a small fortune but that don’t feel amazing when you put them on? Or clothes that you’ve had for so long that they just no longer inspire you and you don’t ever feel like wearing them even though you technically still like them?
Director at Simplicity in Living with a knack for how to make decluttering simple.
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