‘Outer order contributes to inner calm’ – Gretchen Rubin.
This statement could explain why I feel a sense of hysteria come over me every time I open a drawer, wardrobe or the door to my sunroom in my home. All are filled with junk, mess and clutter.
I am using my quiet quest today to deal with what I try to avoid on a daily basis by just closing the drawer, wardrobe or door and pretending that the chaos I just witnessed is not there.
In her book, The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin describes several varieties of clutter and I am guilty of consuming and keeping them all.
- Nostalgic Clutter –souvenirs, cards, my children’s baby clothes etc.
- Conservation Clutter – I have a heap of bottles and jars sitting in the pantry that I always intend to use but never do.
- Bargain Clutter – buying and keeping stuff I don’t really need but do because it was discounted so heavily at the time of purchase.
- Freebie Clutter – Useless bits and pieces but I keep it telling myself it would be wrong to be wasteful and just get rid of it.
- Aspirational Clutter – Things I have bought or held onto because one day I believe I will get around to doing it (e.g. the boxes of scrap material that I am going to sew into lovely baby clothes).
- Outgrown Clutter – I need to accept that the pink cargo pants I wore every day up until 10 years ago no longer fit me and I am never going to wear them again.
- Buyers Remorse Clutter – I keep it despite it being useless to try and justify the absurd amount of money I spent on it.
According to the ancient Chinese art and science of Feng Shui, an accumulation of clutter can significantly impact your health and well-being which comes as no surprise as my energy levels instantly deplete when I’m around it. Maybe spending 30 minutes de-cluttering will infuse some much needed energy into my day!