I recently watched a documentary on clutter. First of all, I must admit that I was pleased that I don’t have the level of clutter in the houses that were shown. These were typical American homes; however, these weren’t hoarders, just the usual clutter that we’ve probably all seen. You know, where you can’t walk anywhere except in the ally-ways that have been made. None of these houses looked like that. So, they weren’t talking about the extreme clutter. Just the mostly normal amount of clutter that most families live with on a daily basis.
However, while I was watching the documentary I was wondering what the effect on people is from just having the “normal” amount of American clutter. Some of the information that I found includes weight-gain, stress, sleeping problems and anxiety. This I can believe, since even though I don’t have the amount of clutter I saw in some of those houses, I do have more than my fair share – and it drives me crazy.
While I have no ambition to become a minimalist, I do want to stream-line my life. I know that I’ve got too much. Who really needs thirty or so journals? Well, apparently, I do, since I keep buying them. Or how about twenty or so plastic and stainless steel drinking bottles? Yes, even though I’ve gone through them, gotten rid of a bunch, somehow, I’ve managed to end up with more of them. Seriously people? Do we really need more?
So, my project for the next few months so going to be getting rid of the clutter. Have you done this? How did it work out for you? And, if you accomplished this goal, have you seen any differences in how you feel? Let me know in the comments below.