Decluttering Tips & Tricks – Too Much Stuff!

I don’t usually talk about books, however one I’m currently savouring is Wayne Dyer’s “Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life – Living the Wisdom of the Tao”. The Tao Te Ching is not a quick read, although I’m sure Wayne’s thought provoking translation of the 81 verses is easier to read than the original version. But it’s a superb collection of essays on how to apply the ancient wisdom of Lao-tzu in today’s world.

This may not be your type of book, but here’s one saying from the book which I think is just perfect: Come to grips with the radical concept of “enough is enough”! So beautifully simple when you think about it…

We really do have too much stuff

But it’s not just about the stuff, it’s what happens when clutter and the resulting overwhelm affect how you feel on a day to day basis.

And not only do we already have too much stuff, we regularly go out and buy more! Now I love shopping. I don’t shop often so when I do I relish the whole experience. I am quite practical though when I shop, and I ask myself:
– Where is this [object] going to live in my home?
– Do I have room for it?
– Can it replace something that I’m tired of and ready to throw out?
– If it’s an item of clothing: do I have things to wear it with?
– Do I need it?

It doesn’t take the fun out of shopping for me, and if I love the item I’ll buy it anyway. However, I do regularly declutter all the areas of my home so I’m not really at risk of over-accumulating. But for lots of people, there comes a time when their ‘stuff’ overtakes the home and it’s no longer fun.

Here’s something for you to think about this month: if you apply Pareto’s 80/20 principle, where could this make a difference in your home, or your life? If you only wear 20% of 80% of your wardrobe how many items of clothing are cluttering your wardrobe unnecessarily? If your kids only play with 20% of 80% of their toys, are there toys you could give away/donate? If you apply this idea everywhere, and take action, you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes.

Here’s another quote I love: “I resolve to stop accumulating and begin the infinitely more serious and difficult task of wise distribution” Andrew Carnegie.

Why not have some fun with this idea, imagine your home, office, wardrobe, garage… as fabulous uncluttered areas. How would that make you feel? Think about it. And if you’re not sure what your first step should be – call me – you won’t know what a difference I can make until you contact me. Spring really is just around the corner – a decision to declutter is a wonderful way to begin a new season.

In Joy!

Angella Gilbert

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E: angella@gioia.net.nz
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