Earlier today I read an article in the New York times entitled “Organize This” and in my attempt to organize all my accumulated treasures and some not so treasures, I found the article extremely interesting. It tells of a how a certain Barbara Reich whizzes into a doorman apartment, clears, throws and organizes away piles of belongings of the rich and wealthy. Three hours later she is $450 richer and has more than a dozen garbage bags. I think its awesome. It’s an awesome job for Barbara, and it’s awesome to have a house organized and de-cluttered.
Clutter equals stress and by helping people organize their things, she helps them reduce stress. Of course if you can afford her $150 rate, go for it. For the rest of us, who are not so well off, I guess we just have to do the de-cluttering ourselves and relieve ourselves of unecessary things. I’ve been trying to de-clutter my apartment for weeks, months and years but to no avail.
I buy boxes to store my things, then they get stored so well, I never open them again. Some boxes I have not opened in years, but when I do, I can’t seem to throw anything out. They have memories. I have my things from college neatly stored in lovely containers and my box of colored pencils and markers still in order since the fourth grade. I still use them occasionally. It’s been over two decades since I was in the fourth grade. I store things too well.
After reading the article, today I was able to de-clutter a few of my belongings. I just grabbed them, put them in a large bag and took them out before I could stop my myself from mourning over its lost and thinking how wasteful it is to throw away things in perfectly good condition.
It felt good. It felt good to declutter and get some space back into my life. Some more breathing space. I can’t believe why I kept that movie ticket for so long or that broken gadget. I know I’d never use it again but it just never got thrown out. It just sat there neatly in a corner.
So if you have time this weekend, de-clutter, throw out things you don’t need, donate and de-stress. Having a clean and ordering place is certainly less stress! It’s a great way to start the year!