Quiet Quest Day 18 – Declutter


‘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.

There is:

  • 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!



3 thoughts on “Quiet Quest Day 18 – Declutter

  1. I came across your blog today and really enjoyed reading through it. I practise yoga and I find that it’s often the only time of my day when I feel calm and at peace with myself. I’m sure you’re benefiting from this challenge in so many ways. Thank you for sharing your Quiet Quest 🙂

    • Thank you!
      That was also my realization of the effects of my yoga practice a couple of years ago. I just didn’t feel great on the days I didn’t practice.
      Quiet Quest has been the perfect excuse to do a bit each day.

  2. Pingback: Quiet Quest Day 19 – Hip Opening Yoga Sequence | yoga is happiness

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