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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

De-Cluttering Idea

I am a messy - in case you didn't know.  I am a magnet for stuff - it sticks to me - I like stuff.  I like the comfort of having it.  The psychological security blanket of knowing I have everything I really don't need.  And this hoarding instinct - this desire to have every gadget or item that might have a possible use has crippled me in many ways.

The junk that surrounds me sucks energy.  It sucks time.  It sucks the life out of a peaceful home.  I want the end of clutter in our home.  But much like weight-loss, careful budgeting and over-committed lives leading to time constraints in every category, this battle will have to be waged one day at a time - little by little, until it is a manageable mess, not a chaotic tornado zone.

I'll let you know if I ever get there - to that place of pleasant minimal disarray that says kids live here but we're not about to end up in the ER over someone's accident tripping over a toy.  But don't hold your breath.  I guess I have noble intentions - my hopes and desires are in the area of orderliness.  Just how to get there seems like tackling Mount Everest when I'm not a mountain climber in the least.  Simplicity of life sounds so appealing - but the road to get there seems like a marathon to one who doesn't run.

So I'm beginning with just one small step.  After the fires in Colorado last month I got to thinking about the devastation of losing stuff in a fire.  I know, because...well, you'll find out when I post more of my story.  But I thought about - what if a fire came and burned through all my stuff - how would I feel?  How would I feel about the stuff?  Would it matter?  So I came up with an idea.  As I go about my de-cluttering I will ask myself the three R's.

If a fire were coming would I RESCUE this item?  If yes, then keep it.

If a fire were coming and I had no time, would I leave it and later REPLACE it?  If yes, then keep it (no point wasting money to declutter - when you find you needed that thing and have to go buy another one).

If no to these two questions then the third R comes into play: Get RID of it.

This is just the beginning of the journey...  I'll let you know how it goes.

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