Got clutter? I know I sure do. Despite consciously avoiding the acquisition of new material possessions (books don’t count–they’re precious), I look around my small, two-bedroom apartment and am amazed by the stacks of stuff that have crept in.
My worst enemy is the “I’ll deal with this later” pile. Ok piles. They’re made up of mail, magazines I want to read, birthday cards I feel weird throwing away and other stuff I just don’t want to bother putting away just now. Other culprits include clothes I don’t feel like folding and miscellaneous cords to technological devices.
Organizational design expert and TV personality Peter Walsh divides clutter into two types: lazy clutter and memory clutter. The former is the stuff we’re too lazy to throw away and the latter is the stuff we feel bad throwing away. Apparently I’ve got both types.
Besides not being embarrassed to let friends in the house, however, there are compelling reasons to tackle that clutter today rather than tomorrow–even if it’s just one pile at a time. Cluttered homes can take a huge toll on us, emotionally and financially.