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There’s a Lesson Hidden Under All This Clutter…

December 8, 2006

clutter.gifA group of my SAHM friends and I are reading The Worn Out Woman by Dr. Steve Stephens and Alice Gray. This week’s chapter was on simplicity. It talked about the hazards of having clutter:

  • physical clutter (material possesions or “stuff”)
  • emotional clutter (unresolved issues, worries, etc., feeling out of control)
  • mental clutter (information overload, too much on your mind)
  • spiritual clutter (unrecognized/unconfessed sin)

The authors say (and rightly so, I believe) that in simplicity there is peace. In clutter, there is stress. It isn’t healthy for us to have any of the types of clutter listed above.

So I’ve been pondering this clutter vs simplicity concept this week. And as if the first reading wasn’t enough, the following showed up in my inbox, courtesy of The Organizer Lady (like FLYlady but with a lot less email):

“The house is the woman’s larger self.”

Women have a special personal relationship with their houses. They use it to show their tastes,interests, and personalities. The problem comes when our house does not match who we know or want ourselves to be.

Nonetheless, rightly or wrongly, each aspect of your home is a reflection to others of who you are. Others relate to you through what they see when they come into your house. Your surroundings affect you too. When you live in your orderly, organized, and eventually beautiful house, you feel a sense of completeness and peace you cannot feel when you live in clutter.

One of the most satisfying parts of getting the house under control is that we are then able creatively express who we really are in the house — both to others and ourselves.

I think she’s right, too.

So, over the next few weeks as a blissfully slow eBay period hits, I am going to do some serious decluttering. Wish me luck — it’s a monumental task!

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