If there is one thing you can do to feel better about your life, it is to eliminate clutter in your environment. I confess that I have always been a “ pack rat.” I love to attend estate sales and auctions and seek out the unusual and unique kinds of items that some would call “ junk.” Over the years, this stuff starts to pile up and take up space where if the piles were not there, you could use this same space to serve some function.
After three decades of teaching art in the public schools, things in my classroom began to accumulate and the classroom overflowed into my home. The result was stuff everywhere. Does this sound familiar?
The last couple of weeks were spent going through drawers, closets and a storage unit with a strong “urge to purge.” At today’s garage sale, as people traded money for odd and unusual items, with each item taken, a new feeling surfaced.
Somewhere I read that nature abhors a vacuum. In other words, empty space does not stay empty space for long. For example if you want a new relationship in your life, you have to create an empty space to fill. Michelle Passoff says that as you lighten up and free yourself from clutter you are creating the space for miracles. Bring ‘em on.
“Once there is nothing to improve upon in the physical environment one can set about improving on oneself.” Henry Miller
1. Lighten Up: Free Yourself from Clutter, Michell Passoff. Offered in this book is a look at how too much stuff robs you of energy and when the stuff is eliminated, you are free once more to create and to experience miracles.
2. Clutters Last Stand, Don Aslet. This book provides a whimsical approach to junk with a junkee’s exam to see if you qualify as a “ junkee.”
3. Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat? Peter Walsh, Here an interesting corelation between clutter and weight is offered.