What is it about clutter that’s so irresistible?
Why are we fearful of removing the excess from our lives? What is about us that we feel we need to surround ourselves with every conceivable thing on earth?
We pursue the clutter.
It’s no longer to have a knife which we use for any and every thing that involves cutting or requires a sharp edge.
Oh no! We need a vegetable peeler for our potatoes and carrots. We need a paring knife, a boning knife, a butcher’s knife, a bread knife….
And don’t even get me started on how we entertain ourselves.
We have smart phones and tablets, laptops and desktops.
We have books, movies, internet, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and so many other ways of being sociable that my eyes get a little glazed every time I see a list… when do we find time to just … be?
Maybe the challenge for this year is to declutter.
Step away from the stuff.
Re-engage with the people around us – the ones we can see and touch and not the ones in cyberspace.
Dictionary.com defines declutter as:
1. Removing mess or clutter from (a place)
2. Organizing and prioritizing (one’s commitments, material possessions, etc.)
The producers of stuff are very good at convincing us that we need more stuff.
They tell us that our lives won’t be happy until we get this new gadget or that one.
They tell us that this new thing – whatever it is – is exactly what we have been waiting for.
But in a very short space of time it becomes just another piece of clutter stealing our space.
This year I’m challenging you to step away from the infomercials. Really. Refuse to watch them. Remind yourself that you don’t need another … whatever it is.
There has to come a point when we make a choice about what it is that’s important to us. Once we’ve made that decision we have to prove it.
What do I mean by “prove it”?
We can’t say we count family as important and approach every conversation smart phone in hand, eyes cast downwards.
At some point the people that we truly care about will realize that we don’t really mean what we say.
Let’s learn to walk away from those things that serve to cause a mess in our lives. Maybe that will start with a physical thing.
Clean out your closets and get rid of anything that you haven’t worn in a while, remove those things that you will never ever wear.
There are so many persons who could benefit from your generosity.
Maybe it’s more about the activities that we cram into every second of every day.
Remove those activities from our fringe hours that do not edify and choose instead to invest in those things that have a more lasting impact.
Give yourself breathing space.
Don’t clutter every moment of your life – leave some time to just do nothing. You’ll be glad you did.