My head is a mess!
That’s how I feel when I allow clutter to take control of me.
As I’ve been non-stop for almost two weeks, I’ve felt too tired to do anything when I finally get home each evening. Especially tidying up!
The effect is a messy desk, chair and shelves and an even messier mind.
I haven’t got the neat freak trait but at the same time I hate mess!
When tasks become too big I get overwhelmed and have to run for cover. Adding extra layers of clutter I have to tidy up and in turn extra layers of unnecessary stress.
So my August focus of space is needed more than ever.
My aim is:
- to declutter and get rid of the things I’ve accumulated. I’m a magnet to paper, bags, broken jewellery and unfinished creative projects.
- not to say ‘Yes’ to every invitation going.
Basically let go of the things that no longer serve me.
Every object or worry I get rid of will hopefully clear space in my bedroom, calendar and head.
I recently read ‘Stuffocation’ a book which explores the clutter crisis that has hit the world.
Through stories and research the author delves into the effect that owning lots of ‘stuff’ can have on people.
There are insights from people who have let go of owning so much ‘stuff’ to become minimalists.
Although I’m not going to go that extreme, I can definitely see the benefits. Plus, I’ve got to a time in my life where I feel less is more and I’d rather invest in worthwhile items.
The throwaway culture also makes me feel bad for the planet. This has definitely intensified since moving to London and seeing items discarded on the street more often.
I know the time is right to downsize as I’m constantly questioning:
- Do I need these t-shirts, that I don’t even deem good enough to wear in bed, clogging up space in my wardrobe?
- Will I read the books that I picked up from a charity shop just because I recognised the author and it was 10p?
- Will I fix the hole in the dress I’m not sure I actually like or will even fit into again?
Straightforward answer = no!
I’m trying to hold on to the past and hold on to old dreams?
All this is doing holding me back.
I’m aiming to keep one evening a week and one weekend day a month free to relax. To do nothing. To give my mind the space it needs. Promising any more time than this and I know I’ll fail.
But the stuff. Yeah – that’s got to go! I have photos that provide me with memories and I have new dreams to conquer.
Writing this blog post has already made me start to feel good. I’ll have more of that please!
I’ve finished reading ‘Stuffocation’ so if anyone (from the UK) would like me to send them the book. Give us a shout. First come first served.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on clutter and any tips you have to see me through the month (which, if I’m honest is going to probably continue into September).
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