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Clutter: What If It Hurts To Let Go?

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Clutter Needs an Exit Strategy (5 Considerations)

Time and Energy – We have to actually make the time to do the challenges each day. If you’re too busy, or too drained, the reality is that no email that I can craft and deposit in your inbox will make this change possible. You have to make room in your day to physically do this. The good news is that unless your situation is extreme, it’s not actually all that crazy of a commitment.

Decisions – We have to be able to decide if we need this (insert thing) or not, over and over again for everything in your space. I suggest asking of each item, “Does this item serve me more than the space it occupies would serve me?” Basically, what we all want is more space to breathe, think, and live, and as far as I’m concerned, every item is auditioning for a sacred spot in my house.

Means to Move - We have to have the physical strength to carry this stuff away, or some other means of having it carried away for us (this is a great part to ask for help with if you lack the energy or strength to do it alone). We probably need to have something to put this stuff in to carry it away–trash bags, boxes, bins, etc. It turns out, most of the people haven’t complained about not having something to put all of their stuff in. It seems where there is excess, there is also sometimes an excess of containers.

Destination – We have to do something with this stuff, as stacking it up by the back door isn’t quite far enough away to provide any freedom. Some will inevitably be trash but think ‘recycle, reuse, repurpose’ whenever possible. Finding someone who can use that which no longer serves you (clutter) can be one of the most rewarding aspects of clearing your space.

Sell or Share – We fill our space, sometimes even accidentally, with stuff because of our perception of it as valuable. Sometimes we can find the time and energy to make the decisions, and we have the means to move the clutter to an ideal destination… but we can’t let go of the value of that stuff. It can be difficult to release the possibility of receiving money in exchange for our possessions, especially when your financial garden isn’t in full bloom!

If so, we must to either invest more time, energy, decisions, and means to find a destination that’s willing to pay for our stuff… or let it go. We can chose to have a hard sale, estate sale, find a dealer or collector of that stuff, list it on eBay/Craigslist/etc., (or however else you might attempt to unload this stuff) ourselves. We can even try find someone to do it for us and split the profit. Those options each require different resources–time, energy, brain power, etc.–and unless you’re prepared to carry that out in a very short term way (my guidance for these people is by the end of the month in question), it’s best to just release it.

(Insert unnecessary conversation about how once you’ve released all of that junk, what you need will flow to you with ease. I’m not in the mood to sell that one today, so it’s up to you to decide if you believe that or not.)

I thought those five were a freaking fabulous foundation for us to craft exit strategies for the clutter… and we were off to a remarkable start! I was quite pleased with myself. (Note the premature confidence, falling on just this side of completely self-destructing arrogance. Cue doom music. And, probably a giggle or two from those who know me well enough to know this isn’t the first time that music has been cued.)

Next: And then there is the hurt… a sixth issue for consideration.

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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

awesome!

7:12AM PST on Nov 8, 2013

awesome!

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.

10:25AM PDT on Sep 17, 2012

thanks....I try and try to keep decluttered.

6:57AM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

I am normally very organized and like things basically in order. But I am older and am frustrated that when I put something away, I can't remember where I put it!!!! Even in file folders clearly marked!!! So I have an office and bedroom stacked with papers that I am afraid to put away. Out of sight out of mind is a curse! Any suggestions?

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