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Be in the media! May 17, 2005 7:40 PM

I'm writing a press release about how people end up with clutter.  I would like input from everyone here about this, and appreciate lots of postings in this thread about this matter.

At the end of your posting, please let me know if it's okay to quote you and use your name.


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You can quote anything I've said so far... May 17, 2005 10:06 PM

and, depending on your deadline, anything else I can think of to say... Gotta run now, but will think about how this happened.

Tho it's getting better, with you guys' help.

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 May 18, 2005 2:38 AM

Clutter is not about stuff.  It is about security, and one's ablilty to provide.  If you have everything somewhere in your home, you will always be able to provide for whatever moment comes.  When self esteem and security come into your life, then clutter can change into order.  Conversly, when order comes into your life, then self esteem and security can feel welcomed.

You can quote me:  Michelle Parsneau

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 May 18, 2005 11:00 AM

Interesting point, Michelle -- people hang on to stuff because they feel they might need it some day, and it's "somewhere" in their house to give them the security of that.  But really, when people go to look for that item that's "somewhere" in their house, can they really find it?

So, the question arises, do they go buy the item again because they can't find it, thereby accumulating duplicate items that are all over producing "clutter?"

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 May 18, 2005 4:58 PM

I've never bought anything to replace what I'm looking for because I find what I'm looking for.

I DID have a difficult time when we were packing our belongings, for our BIG move to Idaho from Texas.
I cried a lot! Towards the end, when my husband kept goading me into  hurrying up...I just had to get myself into the mindset that my stuff had burned up in a fire. It was the hardest thing to do!

It was hard to give up things that were a part of me or my life.
Sometimes, when I'm deep in thought and I think about whether this move was good or not; I get angry about letting go.

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 May 19, 2005 12:29 PM

I hear ya, Cathy.  Letting go is not the easiest thing for some people to do, but I don't often hear that people are sorry later for getting rid of things.

Do you feel you got rid of things you'd need or that had sentimental value, like a true momento of something?  I usually don't advise people to get rid of cherished memorabilia, yet too much of it can just be a lot of past significance we don't need in our current lives.

Aside from memorabalia, things can always be replaced, if need arises.  Moving often gives us a fresh start to streamline our belongings.

Have you gotten rid of something important that you need now?

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