I always wonder what living in their house was like?
I imagine there was a lot of clutter.
It's touted that living in clutter can be disturbing, but will it lead you to kill someone? Probably not, but for some of us it does have serious psychological ramifications. This article in Psychology Today by Sherrie Bourg Carter, Psy.D says it best.
"Messy homes and work spaces leave us feeling anxious, helpless, and overwhelmed."
I don't know about you, but I'd rather feel calm, empowered and joyful as I go about my day.
So what can be done? Once a week, hold a Discarding Day.
Pick a day, put it on your calendar repeating for the entire year. When that day arrives, pick one type of item from the following list to discard and go to it.
At the end of the year, you'll have discarded 52 types of items in your home and it will only have taken you minutes each week.
It goes fast. Promise.
The Discarding Day List*
- Old condiment packets
- Old maps
- Old fire extinguishers
- Manuals to items you no longer own
- Bags you no longer use (tote bags, plastic grocery bags, purses etc.)
- Old hair accessories
- Old dish sponge
- Broken flashlights
- Expired canned food
- Old pillows
- Newspapers, magazines and books never read
- Old sunscreen
- Broken umbrellas
- Puzzles with missing pieces
- Scarves never worn
- Junk mail
- Gifts you don't like
- Suitcases you no longer use
- Your toothbrush (buy new)
- Expired coupons
- Old greenting, holday and birthday cards
- Old pots and pans
- Clothes you've never worn
- Broken jewelry
- Old bed linens
- Dead batteries (dispose of properly)
- Candle holders
- Recipe books never used
- Worn out shoes
- Mismatched plastic containers
- Ink-less markers
- Gifts/letters your ex gave you
- Trial sized cosmetics/hotel samples
- Games you never play
- Wire or dry cleaning hangers
- Old electronic cords/accessories
- Old children's artwork
- Old undergarments
- Broken glasses/sunglasses
- Broken items you'll never fix
- Old phones/phone cases/phone accessories
- Outgrown baby/kid clothes
- Unused wedding gifts
- Old schoolwork papers
- Perfume/colonge you don't like
- Broken crayons
- Scraps of wrapping paper/ribbons/bows
- Expired make-up
- Old spices
- Unmatched and holey socks
- Torn towels
*This list was adapted from here
Now that's what I call, PROGRESS.
Quick, start today! Choose peace, calmness and joy. I don't want to read about you in the newspaper.
Is anyone's clutter making you crazy?
What's the first thing you'll discard from the list?