For months now, I have been feeling slightly overwhelmed, and I knew I needed to do something about it. It seems like no matter how much I "organize" I just can't catch up, and I feel like I am wasting so much precious time dealing with STUFF--whether it be trying to find STUFF, or constantly moving STUFF out of the way.
As I started reading, a particular paragraph jumped out at me, and pretty much summed up how I have been feeling:
Clutter is insidious, a slow but steady tide. It enters your home little by little, usually over years. Clutter sucks life away. It leaves you DEPRESSED, OVERWHELMED, LACKING MOTIVATION, and unable to breathe. Clutter prevents you from enjoying the most precious intimate moments in life. Clutter robs you of far more than the space it occupies--it steals your life!How true is that!?!?!? After taking the "How Clutter Free Are You?" quiz in the book (I just love quizzes!), I came up in the middle category as a "Clutter Victim," thankfully I'm not a "Hard-Core Hoarder" but I'm definitely not "Clutter-Free."
Now, thanks to Flylady, I don't think that our home is overly cluttered, even though that reality might just be one craft project away! :-)
You see, although, our house is not that small, it is seriously lacking in closet space. In the words of Marie Bellet, "I am a woman who worries about closet space and it bothers me a lot... Constantly distracted by what I haven't got..." A couple years ago, when we added on to our home, unless we wanted to upgrade our septic system, which we didn't, we couldn't have closets in the new
In the book, the author says to "imagine the life you want to live," and then think about whether the stuff you own "contributes to the life you are hoping to achieve, or if it is getting in the way of that vision." If I am honest with myself, so much of our "stuff" (as great as some of it seems) is getting in the way...
As I started to sort through all our stuff, I realized that so much of what I have is from the past! Old music cd's that haven't been listen to since I was a teen, old clothing that hasn't fit in years (including a pair of size 4 jeans--don't I wish!!!--and I never even wear jeans anymore!), even the RSVP cards for our wedding over 8 years ago--now why did I save those?!?
Reading this book has inspired me to try my hardest to LIVE IN THE PRESENT, and "have nothing in my house that I do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful!"
Getting rid of everything that doesn't fall into one of those two categories (useful or beautiful) will be difficult, to say the least!! I am finding that it may take going through the "Stuff" numerous times, as I seem to be able to let go and purge a bit more each time through.
The past couple weeks I have been working on getting through Step One- the Kick Start of my "It's All too Much" Home Makeover, and trying hard to tackle all the surface clutter.
One of my goals this Lent, has been to work hard on this very necessary PURGING, of both my over attachment to STUFF, and of the actual STUFF itself. Before I get back to my decluttering, I thought I would leave off with this particular bible verse that I have found particularly helpful in letting go of some of those little treasures I have been finding:
"Lay not up to yourselves treasures on earth: where the rust, and moth consume, and where thieves break through and steal. But lay up to yourselves treasures in heaven: where neither rust nor moth doth consume, and where thieves do not break through, nor steal. For where thy treasure is, there thy heart is also." Matt 6:20-21