You vs. Stuff

2015-09-24 11.56.49-1

Counter Chaos!

Dear Friends,

I do not know about you, but I hate clutter! It seems that even a small, neatly organized pile ultimately attracts random household objects until you have a mess extending half-way across your kitchen counter. I attribute some of this explosion of ‘stuff’ to my three delightful children. Although, if I am being honest, sometimes I put things down with the intention of getting to it later (note the photo as proof that I understand the struggle). When small messes throughout the home surround me, I notice that I feel unusually stressed. In extreme circumstances, some people mention feeling “overwhelmed” or even “hopeless” about the situation. This has a noticeable effect on a person’s psyche, but clutter can make you physically ill too! Piles of objects can gather dust, mold, pet dander, and other allergens. This is especially problematic if you or a loved one has allergies, breathing issues, or a weakened immune system.
Today, I would like you to start small. Commit to 15 minutes. Pick one area in a room you spend the most time in and tackle one corner.  This makes the task more manageable.  Select a calm time during your day, put on some upbeat or relaxing music, and dance as you work.


Some tips:
• The trash and a recycling bin is your best friend. If you do not need it, out it goes.
• If you have a good quality item that you do not use, put it in a donation box. I like to keep this in my car, so I can get rid of things easily. While you can get tax credits for donating to certain places, if clutter is an issue, just bring it to a local donation bin. In this case, it is advisable to choose peace-of-mind over a small financial benefit.
• Do not move one item to another area to ‘look at later’. Deal with the item right away and put it in its proper place (i.e. medical bills in a filing cabinet, toys in a toy bin, etc.)
• Congratulate yourself for any progress.
• Forgive yourself if you struggle with clutter. Most people do.
• If you are feeling really overwhelmed, enlist help from friends, family, or a professional.

Looking For A Trash Bag,

Rie

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