When clutter feels suffocating: your wake up call to let go

I have had a lot of clients this past month and not one of them was immune to clutter.  No matter the job — whether building systems in a bedroom or kitchen, an office or an attic — there is some semblance of clutter to be found, and to be dealt with. And to let go of.

Clutter is suffocating.  It is defined as all the stuff you have, that doesn’t have a home, that is in the wrong spot!  Sometimes, home is the trash – but that is another story.  Clutter is a lot of things: it is stuff we need, stuff we don’t; it is sentimental at times, and has no meaning at other times.  It is overwhelming for sure.  And when it is in abundance, it can downright make ya cry.

And rightfully so!  All of that miscellaneous-ness {is that even a word?} causing your brain to try to sort out and figure out – often to no avail –  just what is going on.  It’s hard. It’s suffocating.

It’s a wake up call to let go!

There are many cliches to dealing with clutter. Marie Kondo (The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up) encourages you to ask “Does it spark joy?” and suggests you keep that which does spark joy.  I mean, otherwise, what is the point?  Because what is in your home and your life should be beautiful and evoke a good feeling.

When there is too much clutter, well, there is no room for the beauty.  It gets hidden and buried under too much stuff that doesn’t matter.

If you affirm to yourself that you do want to see and use the things that matter, that beautify your space and your life, than you have to deal with what suffocates that.

When your clutter feels suffocating it’s time to lighten your load!

That statement in itself is quite suffocating but you have to own the need to do that.

To truly cherish the things that are important to you, you must first discard those that have outlived their purpose.”

And that is where I would start.  When clutter feels suffocating you have to dumb it down, control it so it doesn’t cut off your air supply.  You need to keep it small by not looking at the whole lot of clutter.  Look at one drawer or one closet at a time. You’ll be more than well on your way to lightness.

And on your way is a good thing.  It’s better than the alternative.

Let this idea of letting go, and loving what you own, empowers you.

Let the letting go be less about what you are getting rid of and more about keeping what brings you joy.

You will be well on your way to an uncluttered life.

And breathing easier for sure.

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  • Rosemary Verri

    love it – makes perfect sense

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