Clutter be gone

Sometimes I just get the urge to purge. That dresser drawer that won’t close because it’s stuffed to the gills, but you find yourself tolerating it way too long? The countertop filled with little papers? That basket of folded laundry that never quite made it up the stairs?

Clutter symbolizes an unmade decision. We look at something, stuff it away or drop it on a surface somewhere and label it in our minds as ‘to be handled later’. Clutter is the physical manifestation of procrastination, items in various stages of decision-making (or not).

One way to combat paper clutter is to keep a recycling paper bin outside. Before the junk mail even enters your house, you’ve tossed it. Or open your mail over a trash can.

The change of seasons is a great time to evaluate your closet. As you move warmer clothes to the back and bring forth the warm weather ones, ask yourself how often you wore that neon sweater from Aunt Betty. I eliminated three bags full of old clothes that I’ve had since the mid-90s. It felt delicious to bless them as they went into the bag. “Thank you. You no longer serve me. Fare well and blessings to you!”

If you have a hard time letting go of things in your life, try to let go of a few physical things. Notice how liberated you feel as you open your closet to fewer things and more space. It is one simple pathway to joy!


  1. deanna mcneil

    April 27, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    I have discovered the joy of tossing cluttering too but never thought to bless clothing as I donated it. What a good idea so that it reaches the right person at the right time.

    1. powerofslow

      April 27, 2010 at 3:19 pm

      Absolutely, Deanna! There is freedom in the clearing of things.

      Just today I tossed those three bags, blessing them as they fell into the void of the donation bin. Wherever they land, they have served me well. It seems only right to thank them for taking me this far.

      Best to you!

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