Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Hi Fellow Clutter Free Friends of the Future!

Did anyone make any progress over the past weekend on a task? I have heard from a few of you that you have begun to set new habits! Remember, the clutter didn't accumulate in one day so you can't expect to get rid of it in one day! Dedicating just 18-20 minutes at a time; that should be possible for us all every day!

In his book Outwitting Clutter that I passed around at the meeting, author Bill Adler reminds us that the stress-free goal that we are seeking by un-cluttering our lives should not be diminished by the way we reach that goal. We should not drive ourselves to burnout with an all-or-nothing, perfectionist attitude but rather we should get something out of the process. He suggests looking of the process of de-cluttering in a positive light. "Outwitting clutter puts you in a zone of reflection, self-awareness and purification." He goes on to say, "Decluttering needs to be done at a calm, steady pace. Let yourself enjoy the act of decluttering. Don't look at outwitting clutter as a chore, but more as a way of ascending to a better state of being." (pg. 6)

If you don't buy into that concept, he also offers the following: Use the process of decluttering as a form of exercise. "Incorproate large, sweeping body movements whenever you can. The more moving the better." (pg. 7) I would add that a few trips up and down the stairs, if you have some, can burn a few calories as well. Just don't hurt yourself in the process; you don't want the positive experience of de-cluttering to be associated in any way with pain!!

So you see, we can improve the quality of our lives through working to achieve a clutter-free environment. Keep up the good work and don't forget to share your successes with the group on this blog and/or at the next meeting at 7:00 p.m. on July 2nd at the library.

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