Look around and I’ll bet you can even out do me on the variety of stuff that has done nothing useful other than complicate and stifle your life. Among the paraphernalia I’ve found are long overdue medical refill bottles, stale grocery receipts, forgotten and outdated coupons, clothes that haven’t fit in years and aren’t ever going to meet my fantasy, and unusual kitchen supplies that will never play a part in that long lost gourmet recipe.
Have you noticed that in the process of sharing, recycling, and throwing out, the saved stuff seems to expand and grow as if it has been given air and new life? Sure, recycling of old electronics is great, but who has the strength to move that 6x8 foot computer with a 4 foot deep monitor still sitting there from the nineties?
Maybe I could make a bargain with the neighbors to have a clutter party. We could throw all of our junk drawers together into a big bin and have fun digging through it…..but, oops, that would just create a different variety of useless stuff in each house. There’s got to be a better way to organize, simplify, and prioritize….
Once, I cleaned out a friends’ house after he died and discovered utility bills from sixty years ago, and swore myself to a life of simplicity after that experience. Lasted two months…
At this point I am beginning to get the meditation and mindfulness aspect in order but the clutter continues to self-spread at times. Well, I guess this calls for drastic action.
First, I will keep the mail carrier away by tying the dog to the mailbox, or play scary music when the box is opened. That would reduce paper accumulation. Or I could commit myself to a rule where nothing is allowed to be pending. For example, I could call up Publishers Clearing House and ask if they plan on stopping by. If not, all those colorful stamps and “save this” notices, etc., can go. And maybe all of those parts left over after things are put together can be placed in a “saved” empty box and given to an office surprise grab bag or a budding young handyman.
Now, what to do with those two dozen saved tin cookie boxes and Tupperware® look-a-likes that were never filled with gift Christmas
Happy Spring Cleaning!