This week on Nitty Gritty Romance, I’m talking about loving the absence of something—clutter.
If you’re like me, you collect items without meaning to—artwork from your kids, endless amounts of coupon flyers, to-do lists galore, clothes you’ll never wear again—ever—but you just can’t justify throwing out.
Then, come those days. Those days when you can’t stand one more second of it. Those days when all you want is to clean and get rid of the clutter.
These days are my wonderful, calm, peaceful husband’s happiest days. On these days I’ll often catch him whistling a happy tune as he carries bags to recycling, and overflowing bins to donation centers. And you know what…? When I’m through, I feel better too.
My youngest daughter, on the other hand, has hidden boxes and bins everywhere, and those boxes and bins are crammed full of every tiny scrap or memento she’s ever collected. She thrives in clutter. Helping her clean her room takes Ujjayi breathing and acceptance, but today I drew the line when she wanted to save a used band-aid.
When I get rid of the clutter, I feel better and yes, more in control. I see peace and order. I feel open to possibility, not confined by obligations. As a writer, my brain is often swarming with multiple thoughts and stories—but even the best writers say they can only write one idea at a time. So, without even realizing, you declutter as you write. You choose those thoughts you need to express immediately, the rest wait patiently for their turn at the keyboard.
Organization is instinctual. Maybe that’s why we feel so much better when we do it. I just cleaned my closet—donating clothes, replacing old hangers with new—and when I was through, all I wanted was to sit in the peacefulness I had created. Maybe that’s why I love walking into a newly staged display at Ikea—everything is orderly and welcoming.
So what is it about organizing that makes us feel…blissful? Is it control? Is it peace?
For me, I feel freer and happier once I’ve gotten rid of the clutter. And all aspects of my life are better because of it.
So next time you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, try getting rid of the physical clutter in your space. See if you feel better, and let me know how it goes.
And today, Mind Body Green has a beautiful blog post on getting rid of clutter. Here’s the link. Definitely worth the read!
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