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Are You Stuck Because Of Their Clutter?

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Are You Stuck Because Of Their Clutter?

I share my closet with my husband, who could also stand to shed a few items… if I set some of his things out for consideration, and he is up for relinquishing them, can I count these as part of the 27?

The “other people’s clutter” conversation started on the very first day of Sick of Being Stuck (SOBS) September (the program that started this whole clutter clearing thing). The challenge was quite simple:  Go to your closet and find 27 things that no longer serve you.  Donate them, consign them, whatever, but do it… TODAY. One woman’s response, above, made me laugh out loud. On one hand, I totally understand that feeling: “Sure, I’ve got stuff to let go of but what about the rest of the people who live here? What about his/her/their stuff?” On the other hand, that’s the kind of thinking that keeps us stuck.

We are the only ones we can control.

This can be difficult because… well, we aren’t on this planet alone. Most of us share our space with others–parents, children, partners, and roommates. We share our work spaces with co-workers, bosses, and employees. Even our home spaces bump against our neighbors’ spaces. It’s almost impossible to keep other people’s stuff from showing up on our radar when we consider the relationship between us and our stuff.

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Christy Diane Farr

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1:34PM PDT on Aug 23, 2012


6:59PM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

9:28AM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

Thanks for posting.

7:07AM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

Good ideas and great information. Thanks. De-cluttering is a more recent part of my life. One area at a time. Feels good to look at the empty spaces where stuff first stood.

7:51PM PST on Feb 15, 2012


5:57PM PST on Jan 30, 2012

Can't wait till the follow-up on children!

7:10AM PST on Jan 16, 2012

Yes, I de-clutter myself. Try to encourage my husband without nagging. He has promised for 5 years now to clean out and organize the garage. Can't even walk through it now.

8:28PM PST on Jan 9, 2012

Oh goodness: clutter truly gets on my last nerve [lol]: but i wish i'd learned years ago to consciously manage and respect my physical space [which also effects one's financial status]. Thanks for continuing to give us tips to break out of our footprints and bravely face the tomorrows, with our homes weighing a bit less. i find that the weight of clutter is absolutely like wearing 20lb weights on my ankles ... it slows down my thinking process/creativity and the longer things stay out place, the more overwhelming it seems to tackle. i'm learning to tape store receipts to something new i've bought: if i've not been tempted to wear or use it within a month, back to the store it goes.

10:01AM PST on Jan 8, 2012

glad I hate clutter and regularly donate things not used...great habit to get into!

4:55PM PST on Jan 7, 2012

I like your last paragraph. Thanks for the post.

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