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Clearing Clutter June 4, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Home & Garden, Less IS More.

To effectively clear clutter, change your perspective.

Instead of asking:

“Would I maybe possibly someday want to have this object, article, or knick knack in my life?”

Try asking:

“If this object, article, or knick knack had not appeared in my life . . . would I have missed it?”

If no . . . let it go.

Stuff Stuff and more Stuff
Possessions overwhelm us
Enough is enough

Create space for what matters.
Simplify your life.

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1. Richard W Scott - June 4, 2010

This reminds me of the Samurai Desk Ckeaning technique:
With your desk drawer closed, write on a pad everything that you KNOW is in the drawer. When you’re done, open the drawer and throw out everything that is not on the list.

nrhatch - June 4, 2010


I go one step further. There are NO drawers in my desk. Everything is out where I see it, use it, or toss it.

2. Shannon - June 4, 2010

Good ideas! I am grateful that one of my strengths is my ability to constantly clear and simplify my spaces … now to apply it to my “inner” spaces that is my weakness! 😉 Still learning.

nrhatch - June 4, 2010
3. theonlycin - June 4, 2010

As Shannon commented, I need to have a huge ‘inner’ springcleaning session.

nrhatch - June 4, 2010

Are you up already?
Is it Saturday in South Africa?

4. deepercolors - August 15, 2010

The first problem here is that I never meant to stay here this long. It was never organized in the first place like you would if you were moving into what you thought would be a real home/ I lived out of a suitcase at first because I was sure I would be out soon. That was 11 years ago. That’s is part of the problem. I hate this place. The option is to move. But that is not easy out here. The only places in the price range I could scrape by on with my current measly income have Loonnnnngg waiting lists. Years long.
I have tried to get stuff in preparation, but I just get tired.
Not that I am not exactly a great housekeeper, but when you have 11 years of pileup on top of what was never much organized in the first place, it gets a little crazy. And with the current stresses, I get tired so quickly.
Excuses, I know, and I do keep trying, but it exhausts me sometimes just trying to figure out where to even start.
Yes, Nancy, I am trying t to visualize a clean house.

nrhatch - August 15, 2010

Carolyn ~

When I saw your blog post this morning, I thought you might be interested in the post on CCD (which is a name I made up, BTW). I thought it might amuse you, or motivate you, or both.

I certainly wasn’t trying to diagnose you, judge you, or suggest that you suffered from CCD. How could I? I’ve never even seen your house. I just wanted to share some information with you that seemed relevant to where your head was at today.

Clearing clutter has long been an interest of mine. So, once the topic was brought to the forefront of my mind, I decided to post links to articles on clutter busting for anyone who was interested. Again, no judgment or diagnosis intended.

Good luck. Being overwhelmed sucks. 😦

5. Angela@MyYearWithoutSpending - February 4, 2011

That’s a great idea! I’m going to try it as I get more ruthless in my decluttering. My mom is always giving me nice things that I don’t really need but that I really like. Lately I’ve started regifting them, and in every case so far the recipient is thrilled. It’s like my mom is my buyer! That puts a positive spin on it. I’ve started a collection box for gifts I know I will pass along.

nrhatch - February 4, 2011

That’s exactly what I did for years ~ I had a designated gift chest for newly purchased and gently recycled items.

When a special occasion arose, I checked there first, before heading out to the mall.

If re-gifting didn’t seem right, I usually just donated to Goodwill and other local charities so that my “trash” became someone else’s treasure.

Thanks for swinging by! 🙂

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