Thursday, June 17, 2010

Decluttering

Clutter is defined by Webster as "a crowded or confused mass or collection or things that clutter a place."

Decluttering is defined by Collins English Dictionary as, "to simplify or get rid of mess, disorder, complications, etc. declutter your life."

I wonder if there is a word that defines how you get cluttered.  I think it is just called life!  

Regardless, clutter annoys me.  I feel less productive and less effective when things around me are cluttered. Unfortunately, I am a magnet for clutter...so decluttering is something I try to do often. 

Once I get on a roll I find myself almost addicted to the process.  Everything I look at I judge to see if it is worthy of staying, going in the garage sale pile, donate pile or trash pile.  The physical process of decluttering my home often feels cathartic.  I feel lighter.  I feel more free.  Decluttering my physical space often results in feeling more decluttered mentally.


So my next project is to tackle a black hole of clutter in my house:  my family room closet which contains items ranging from bills, games, computer equipment, scrapbooking supplies and artwork from my 7 year old's preschool days!


Wish me luck!

2 comments:

  1. I totally feel like my house is a black hole of clutter. Drives me bonkers. On the flip side, I feel like doing anything to rectify that can be fruitless. My kids just follow behind me and make a new mess.

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  2. I so badly want to declutter, but you're right, it is just part of life. Still, I wish you luck! And maybe you'll just inspire me.

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