by Susan McCarthy
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Everyday practice: Remind yourself that the challenge in decluttering isn't the stuff but the decisions you need to make about the stuff. Decision-making is draining so give yourself extra time to complete tasks, particularly in the beginning.
You stand in a room with your clutter pressing against you (literally or figuratively). You don’t know where to start. You chastise yourself for letting things get so out of control. You feel tension in your neck and realize that your shoulders have inched their way up toward your ears. Your hand, clutching a trash bag, is sweaty. You are overwhelmed.
And, you aren’t alone.
When people talk about their clutter, they talk about how overwhelmed they feel. Why? Clutter is a visible, tangible to-do list waiting for us to act.
When you pick up an item, do you think,
By decluttering, you are telling your stuff, “I’m not going to do that.” Each time you make that decision, you eliminate a bit of that feeling of being overwhelmed. When you clear your clutter, you scratch those undone tasks off your to-do list. You create space for the life you are living now, not one that existed in the past or that you fantasized about living someday.
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Susan, chief (and only) organized squirrel at A Less Cluttered Life, pursues learning, practicing, and sharing information about the everyday habits that can lead to living a better life.