Clutter, yes, clutter is the anti space, the one thing that does not allow you to want less. Why do I say this? When you have clutter, you have less space and you will want more of it. It will cause your mind to delve into the possibilities of buying more things to hold the clutter in so you can add more stuff!
I did an experiment to prove it to myself, for a year, I didn’t clean my “hobby” room, I threw stuff around, I added to it without thought, and I used the room constantly. Mind you, walking into my hobby room was like walking into a mini dump, there was stuff, and garbage everywhere. Now, the garbage were rags, and boxes and opened packages, so nothing that would be a biological smell hazard, but still; Some if not most of the items, belonged in an actual dump.
As my room, my brain was cluttered, I was constantly looking for stuff I knew I had…somewhere. I felt like I was always looking, and if I didn’t find, I wanted to buy it. I spent money, time, energy, brain power, freedom, rest, and none of it was free!
In the marines, Drill instructors would yell “ZERO” and us recruits would respond, “Freeze Recruit, Freeze!” I decided to yell “ZERO” in my head! Stop, NOW!
How I opened space and dissolved some feelings of constant wants, I grabbed all I could and gave it away! Yes, you heard that right, I gave almost all the stuff away! What a refreshing feeling of love, joy, sharing. The expression on my friends faces when I was giving them stuff was both concern and amazement. Really, they were in shock, here are some comments: free? really? , this is worth $500.00 dollars, you can’t find this item any more, what the heck J? Oh what a rewarding feeling.
Now, enough talk on what, here’s how I decluttered.
Take everything you have, everything and separate;
- Items you use more than 10 times per year
- Items you use once per year
- Items you haven’t used in last 6 months
- Items you didn’t know you had
- Garbage, yes, garbage
- Duplicate items, if you have more than one of the same thing or one item can cover for two or more, it’s a DUPE.
- Stuff you don’t know what it’s for
- parts of things you no longer own
Now, here’s what to do with your first iteration; Give away, throw away or sell everything in numbers 2-8 on the list above. No exceptions! you’ve already spent a bunch of time classifying your items…. there you go, free advise.
Next blog, we will review Item 1 on the list above! yes, there’s more, but do it in steps.. this was probably taxing enough.