Declutter Your Life and Home Support Group (Meetup group for Napa, California) has now evolved into a new Facebook group -Â Clutter Clear ‘n Organize Support Group
This second meeting heralded 8 cluttered declutterers for an informal chat and discussion over the process of clearing, sorting and organising their personal living space.
Linzi Martin, a professionally trained space clearing and clutter clearer, initially introduced the group and asked everyone where they were in the process of de junking and their thoughts and feelings on this.
Some key responses:
* I’ve an emotional attachment
* Can’t seem to get rid of it (junk, clutter)
* I can’t seem to achieve a lot
* I’ve boxed the stuff up but just not taken the final step to get rid of it
* I don’t want people over to see what I live like
* Feel stuck
* As an empty nester and a mom I’m emotionally attached, a bit of a horder
* Every item you own has a story
* I’m loosing motivation
* Hidden clutter
* Reducing my clutter and reducing my debt
* I live with other people’s clutter around me
* I can’t turn down anything free if offered to me
* Every room has clutter
* Buy books, read them, yard sale them
* One thing in, one thing out
* Only buy what I need
I think we all agreed that there has to be benefits to clearing out your stuff, to be motivated sufficiently to start, keep going and finish.
An idea suggested by Linzi, in order to help in the process where there was a ‘heavy energy or emotional attachment’ was to consider the boxes or stuff being lightweight, easy to lift, to let go.
Try to separate yourself physically from the clutter so creating a distance and therefore mentally and even emotionally being more able to consider your options of what to do with the items.
Simply put … Keep. Clear. Not sure
A useful acronym W.A.S.T.E. can be applied to almost anything you are considering as clutter or not.
(source: Dummies Guide to Organizing)
W = Worthwhile
Q do you really like the item, it is important?
A = Again
Q will you use the item again?
S – Somewhere else
Q can you easily find the item or information elsewhere, is it elsewhere?
T = Toss it out
Q Will anything happen if I toss it out?
E = Entire
Q do you need to keep the whole thing?
Attention Cluttered De-Clutterers Join the new FaceBook groupÂ Clutter Clear ‘n Organize Support Group