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Clutter: What If It Hurts To Let Go?

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Clutter: What If It Hurts To Let Go?

What if getting rid of some­thing makes me sad? Does that mean I should keep it?
- Annie, a Sick of Being Stuck September! participant

Background (if you need it to understand the really good stuff that follows): I read a great book and it inspired me to test my personal and professional belief that releasing that which no longer serves us in our physical environment would result in dramatic changes in not only our home but our non-physical lives as well (health, love, creativity, finance, life purpose, etc). I invited a few million people to join this clutter clearing adventure and we are about half way through this one-month experience. Great! Now, we’re all caught up. Where will I ever begin? Oh yes…

This experience is blowing my mind.

These people (540 strong and still growing) shock me every single day with their courage, determination, honesty, and perhaps more than anything, their results! It’s actually working. People who were desperately stuck, unable to make the changes they desired for months or years in some cases, are actually doing the daily challenges and clearing massive amounts of clutter from their homes.

Twenty-seven items out of your closet on the first day, then the same in the kitchen on day two, and not just collecting them but getting them all of the way out of the house. It was inspiring, the enthusiasm contagious, and the feedback was remarkable. Most of them were doing far more than the challenge required, and almost everyone who’s participating in the conversation has begun to report feeling free, increased confidence, more energy, and even some relief from the symptoms of depression.

Our first group call was a conversation about how clutter needs an exit strategy. Crafty, right? I showed up with five important elements of clutter clearing that could, without the proper consideration, become obstacles. They were a strong foundation for us to build our success upon.

Next: Clutter Needs an Exit Strategy (5 Considerations)

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Christy Diane Farr

Christy Diane Farr is a catalyst. If that sounds like something you want more of in your life, visit 'The Greenhouse' at and join the Wildflower Evolution on Facebook.


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8:49PM PST on Dec 13, 2014

This was good, I'm going to try and put myself to the test ....

11:28AM PST on Dec 7, 2014

clutter. :( still trying to get on top of it. (no pun intended)

1:33AM PDT on Jul 26, 2014

I'm doing my best :)

12:33AM PDT on Jul 26, 2014

I remember trying to 'size down' and left some things in a friends basement until I could sort through it all ; however, he had a flood and basically that ended what might have been a huge problem ! Down sizing yes, but i'm not a minimalist !

11:01AM PST on Jan 5, 2014

Had a lot of stuff from my parents' house when they passed, but donated much of it when I moved overseas. The move helped clean up the logjam. Thanks.

7:12AM PST on Nov 8, 2013


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6:05PM PDT on Sep 29, 2013

years ago my wife said I wouldn't or couldn't throw things away, really got me to make changes and now most of our clutter belongs to her and her hobbies...

1:17PM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

This is a brilliant article that's given me a lot of ideas.
Thankyou again!

2:42PM PDT on Sep 19, 2012

Let go. I've seen what hoarding can do and it's awful for mind, spirit and body.

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