Was it a new year – new you? Or have all the crazy fruitcake fuelled ambitions of the new year fizzled into naught? Never fear, there is still more time to do all the things!
Decluttering is a project that can loom large or small. From a single drawer to an entire house and garage, it can be seen that things expand to fill the space available – if you let them.
It can be an emotional process. Things that you collect on holidays, presents, books – all these things grow into your very soul, binding you to them with ties that are far stronger than their monetary value. This bond is invisible to outsiders, where the attachment to a cracked vase is out of all proportion to its value.
But we all know the saying habits are at first cobwebs, then cables. So too is the accumulation of things, and their burden on the heart and mind. Not for nothing has Marie Kondo taken the world by storm – the freedom that less possessions brings is worth the task of decluttering.
While this may not appeal to some, the hard facts are that you cannot take it with you – leading to the harder fact that someone else will have to deal with it all. Having had to clean out several houses after relatives had passed, I know it can be a dirty, exhausting job, full of guilt, loss, frustration and attachment. The precious, the worthless, the dusty, the family heirloom – all may well end up in a dumpster. To others, a pile of stuff even with family associations is a big dirty job. By the end of it, even the memory of the person is tarnished.
So make it a habit to keep the clutter down. Day by day it can be done. Throw out rubbish or things that are broken. Follow the one thing in, two things out policy. Buy less, do more. Spend money on experiences, on travel, charity donations and time with friends and family, not tethered to material things. If you have loved an object too long and too well, maybe it is time someone else also has a chance to enjoy it.
Cindy Tomamichel is a multi genre author, with her SMP series Druid’s Portal a time travel action adventure romance set in Roman Britain.
Short stories of fantasy, scifi and romance can be found on her website, where she blogs on aspects of world building.
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