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.