Got Clutter? It May Be All In Your Head!

Do you believe in serendipity? I had decided to write this month’s blog post on clutter (thought I would give my son a break!) and had uncovered Jane Brody’s New York Times article “Making Progress Against Clutter” from a few months ago to get me started.  As luck would have it, I had the privilege (she is a hoot!) of sitting next to her at the President’s Council of Cornell Women’s conference at Cornell University a few months ago.

To bring you all up-to-date, last year, Jane Brody announced that she was going to spend this year getting rid of over 50 years’ worth of “stuff” – things she no longer needed or used – from papers to clothing and everything in between and the article detailed her wonderful progress. No small feat! What struck me about her journey was not how much progress she had made but what was missing from her “list”.

We all define clutter in our own ways. You know the saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. You see, we all know the rules about handling our physical clutter – One in one out. Only handle it once. Do you like it, need it or use it? Frankly, those phrases are starting to sound like clutter to me! But I wish it was that easy.

Clutter isn’t just about the physical stuff. You see, it goes deeper than that. Clutter is mental blockage, time robbers, emotional demands, digital or electronic dependency. And the list goes on and on! In essence, it is anything that takes up viable space – in your environment, your head or your life. So in the spirit of “decluttering”, I am going to take up little space this month and make this a short post. Hope it leaves you more time to clear the clutter in your world.


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