The Clutter Project – Where to Start

Last night I felt overwhelmed with the daunting task of “decluttering* my life.” Honestly, I felt sick to my stomach even thinking about the big project ahead of me. It wasn’t the thought of decluttering the “stuff” from my life, but the actual reasons behind my clutter. My clutter has defined me for a long time and I have never explored my reasons for clutter.

To be fair to myself, I’m not THAT bad. In the book “Clear your Clutter with Feng Shui” by Karen Kingston that I talked about in my previous post, she talks about really bad cases where people have ridiculous collections of telephone books and basically live in squalor. When I mentioned to a friend of mine that I was decluttering my house, she remarked that she didn’t think it was cluttered. I appreciated that, but it made me wonder how much of this clutter is in my own head. Probably lots.

Last night I cleared up some clutter in my personal life and dealt with a relationship that needed dealing with.  I guess that’s where it needed to start – it was a good beginning. This morning I went through some stuff in my bathroom and threw out things like an old watch, hotel bathroom soap, and a bazillion contact lens cases. It felt good. I’m just going to keep going and getting rid of this stuff that I no longer need and, more importantly, never use.

* I am aware that decluttering is not a word, but I think it should be!


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