Unncessary Clutter Series – Part One

Accumulation of unnecessary clutter creates literal barriers to a rewarding life experience. Following the passing of my father, this fact suddenly became my reality. Up until the acquisition of someone else’s lifelong collection of stuff, the accumulated Kee’s family collection of memorabilia was treasured and appreciated. Since acquisition overload however, possessions have been transformed into unnecessary clutter. Slowly but surely over the past year, yard sales, donations and such have put a dent in our collection of things. However, with a constant stream of toddler toys and necessities entering the home, it is time to focus efforts more effeciently. In order to avoid being weighed down by material burdens, eliminating clutter has become a Kees family priority.

Purging excess belongings is not an easy feat, however it is a necessary one if you do not want to be bogged down by “stuff”. As our family works on eliminating unnecessary clutter, I encourage your family to join us. This series of posts will provide you with resources, suggestions and hopefully inspiration to become clutter free.

Suggestion

Begin by evaluating what area’s of your home seem to attract clutter. As you begin to eliminate the excess “baggage”, partialize your goals into manageable objectives. Rather then trying to get rid of all clutter, start by focusing on either a specific space (i.e. office) or on a specific type of clutter (i.e. paper work). By partializing, you will create an objective that is easier to accomplish, in shorter period of time. You will feel rewarded once the objective is accomplished, and success will provide you with confidence that the remaining tasks are not insurmountable.

Resource

Clean Sweep is a Discovery Station production which presents a team of organization and design experts who come to rescue people who have accumulated too much stuff and need help reducing clutter. Watch one or two episodes and you will certainly come away with some ideas and inspiration to get you started.

Inspiration

You are not alone. The Kees family is working on reducing clutter too. By partitializing it was relatively easy to reduce the clutter. Since Christmas brought many new toy’s into the home, I selected toys to be the first type of clutter to reduce. By separating the toys into three categories; 1. Keep 2. Donate 3. Trash I was able to significantly reduce clutter. Additionally, some of the toy’s we kept were stored away. Children become overwhelmed with too much stuff. By rotating the toys available to them to play with they will appreciate what they have more and chances are when you break out a toy they have not seen in awhile it will seem like Christmas all over again.