I have really enjoyed reading the book by Peter Walsh entitled Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?: an easy plan for losing weight and living more (Free Press 2008). It has many tips and ideas that can empower you to clear clutter from your life.
In the book the author proposes “clutter principles”. One of those principles is “live firmly in the present, not the past or the future.” It asks the question: Are you holding onto things you don’t use and if you are why? Do you have more stuff than space?
You have the space you have. If your house isn’t welcoming because it full of stuff, you won’t spend time there and you can’t expect to enjoy meals there. The author states “You must respect the limits of the physical space that you have because if you don’t the space can’t function and your vision is lost.” The author further states ” “You can’t lose weight if your home is out of control.”
If you are holding on to things you don’t use or don’t love, figure out why. Is it the memory, was it a gift or does it represent hope, guilt, or fear? If you don’t love it or use it, it has no place in your physical space.
What one thing can you get rid of today that you don’t love or use?