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The Ins And Outs Of Clearing Clutter

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The Ins And Outs Of Clearing Clutter

My suggestion that books might be clutter generated more hysteria than my rather controversial thoughts on the murder of Osama Bin Laden and I have to tell you, that cracks me up.

I knew that coming between people and their stuff, or at least delivering messages that made it look like I wanted to, was going to be tricky. I knew there would be a fight. I begged and pleaded the powers that be to show me how to serve, what I could do to be a “major player in the loving transformation of the world.” I wanted this assignment. Then when it came in, I freaked out.

Here is what I heard: Prepare them to travel lightly through what lies ahead by releasing attachments to things and old wounds.

After working as a professional organizer off and on for 10 years, I transitioned into life coaching with pure delight that my trash-bag-holding days were over. It’s not that I didn’t love that work. I really loved it. In fact, clutter clearing is like play for me and it goes all the way back to childhood. But the results were disheartening, only about a third of the clients never needed me again, which may be bad marketing but truly, I wanted people to heal what caused them to attract those conditions. I didn’t want them to continue to need to work with me, they deserved a better way of life.

As with calories and weight, the health of our space depends both on what comes in and goes out. To keep a nice, stable, physical environment. We want to strive for balance, to have enough space within the walls in question–whether it’s 400 square feet or 12,000 square feet, a single room or multiple homes, to hold our possessions and to live. This is about living within our means, not just storing our stuff. We need space to live–room to relax and play, dance and learn, love and grow, breathe and feel–and if it’s full to the brim with stuff, it seems to me that we’re not living very well.

The basics are simple. If the space is empty, then there is room to receive incoming goods. Once the equation is balanced, meaning that there is enough room for the stuff AND the living that needs to take place in that space, it’s important to find a new ‘stuff strategy’ to keep that balance. After finding a healthy balance in the clothes closet, for example, some people commit to an even exchange strategy. This means that for every incoming piece of clothing, you chose an outgoing item in exchange.

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2:01PM PST on Nov 12, 2011

Yep, I cant totally relate to this article. Thank you... its given me food for thought.

9:31PM PST on Nov 9, 2011

"reduce incoming, increase outgoing"...yes, that needs to be my mantra for a while...then maybe i would be able to live in a clutter-free home and that would feel SO GOOD!

8:10PM PST on Nov 9, 2011

Yes, reduce incoming and increase outgoing.

3:02AM PST on Nov 9, 2011

Thank you Christy for this article, I do enjoy your writing. And I enjoyed reading the comments as well.
I wanted to send green stars on each comment by Bill K., but only allowed one. I wish to send a green star to Kath R. and to Mary B. but I apparently sent them a green star already this week.

1:45PM PST on Nov 8, 2011

Thank you for the information.

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7:20PM PST on Nov 7, 2011

Clutter rules my life :(

7:14PM PST on Nov 7, 2011

I am getting better about getting rid of things.I only keep books either that are collectors or I will reread at a future date.I ask myself, do I need this, will it serve a purpose or is it just a momentary want? It works most of the time.CD's and DVD's are another matter, but I am making progress. :)

1:27PM PST on Nov 7, 2011

Paper is the bane of my existence. I get at least one thing in the mail from my health insurance every day! Books are hard for me to get rid of, so I use the library for most of my reading. I also have an e-reader, which can store many books at a time and when I finish a book it seems easier to delete.

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