5 Things I’ve Learned About Clutter

As mentioned last week, clutter has been on my mind a lot lately. And as I work through each layer in the de-cluttering process, I’m learning so much about the benefits of de-cluttering.

When I got started de-cluttering, I actually thought it was a hormonal nesting craze. But every few weeks I encounter the same urge again. We have too much stuff. We should go through each room again.

So, that’s what we’ve been doing. Lots of letting go. I’ve finally reached a point where I feel alright with the idea of “losing everything.” That same thought has made me wince in pain in the past. What would I do if we lost everything? My memory is not the best…at all. Good at remembering small details and exactly where something was written. Not so good with actual good-times memories.

But it feels good to be cleaning things out. I’m finding that I was clinging too tightly to so many objects in my life. At first it felt like these things were part of who I am…but as I push on, they become mere objects again, stripped of emotion, expectation and identity. And on so many levels, life becomes simpler for us.

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Here are five things I’ve learned about clutter…

Less things in our home means less to clean.
Less cleaning means more time to enjoy other facets of living (cooking, art, crafts, playing, getting outdoors).
Less things in our home leaves us emotionally open with more room to think and dream.
Less things inspire us to “do” instead of just “plan.”
Having less is more economical, environmentally-friendly and simple.

How do you rate yourself on a clutter-meter of 1 to 10, one being barely cluttered and ten being surrounded by lots of clutter?

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4 comments to 5 Things I’ve Learned About Clutter

  • Funny, today I just de-cluttered my 5-year-old daughter’s room. She had too much stuff on her wall shelf and dresser. I took down everything and put it in the middle of her floor. The items were figurines, cards, piggy banks, jewelery box, etc. She chose what mattered to her and I put it back artfully. When she started running out of space, she worked harder at weeding out the not-so-important items. I realized she had 3 piggy banks! How silly.

    Sometimes it’s hard (even for her) to get rid of things because she knows it was given to her as a baby or whatever, but like you said we just need to distance ourselves from that sometimes. We still kept plenty of momentos of her babyhood, but we don’t need them all!

    We’re pretty clutter-free around here. It eats at me to have clutter.

  • Jeanine… great post today! i have been actively decluttering my life (and trying to get Lindsey to as well). you are right… once all the “stuff” is out of the way, then all you have to worry about is “being/doing”.

  • I de-clutter constantly. In fact, I give away bags to charity at least a few times a month. I don’t know how we accumulate so much STUFF (we certainly don’t buy it…), but I DO know that we much prefer to live simply w/ more love/peace/fun and less “stuff.” :)

  • Glad to hear from some others out there that de-cluttering is a constant in their lives. Sometimes I feel like packing up a bag per person and traveling the world again. That’d loosen our load a bit! (And no, it’s not going to happen any day too soon.)