Freedom from Chaos
This may surprise you… but, clutter creates chaos in our lives! Are you surprised? It’s so true! Keeping stuff around that we don’t need or don’t use impacts both our personal sanity, relationships, resources and the world around us. Look at this list written by designer Christopher Thomas:
Do you relate to that list? There are many things that we could all do without! So, how do you discover what is creating chaos or clutter in your home or office? Here are several suggestions to help you find freedom from the chaos and get to busting clutter:
MAKE A LIST
Start observing what you use on a daily basis… computer, shoes, glasses, appliances, sofa or favorite pillow are a few good places to start. Make a list of what you use. This list will soon reflect what is valuable enough for you to invest in, keep [and what you shouldn’t be spending your money or time on].
NO MORE “KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES”
Comparison and envy often fuel a distorted view of what we already have. Stop looking at what others have, be thankful for what you have and give what you don’t need others.
We use a lot of energy trying to keep up with all the excess we have in our homes. Consider the impact your purchases and waste have on Earth may make your choices at home, and in the store, a bit easier.
CURB YOUR CLUTTER
Look at what things you use the most and what you spend your most time doing. Those two things will indicate where you should focus your time, energy, money and space. Also, don’t forget about the hobbies you enjoy! Making what you enjoy a part of your priorities will improve your quality of life.
CUT THE CLUTTER
Do you have freedom from what may be causing chaos in your life? Here are several suggestions for gaining freedom from your chaos:
- Give to friends or others in need
- Donate to charities, schools or churches
- Sell on Craigslist or to a consignment store
- Fix broken things or throw them away
- Practice not buying things that are not on your priority list in the first place
The simple way of finding freedom from chaos: identify and get rid of useless things and stop buying the kinds of stuff you wind up tossing.
RESOURCE: Christopher Thomas
Nationally recognized certified organizer, speaker and author, Kathy Jenkins is dedicated to helping her clients simplify their lives by reducing clutter, organizing their homes and offices, and managing their time. She is the President of Come To Order, a professional residential organizing company based in Richmond, Virginia. For more tips, click here to follow Kathy on Facebook.