Simplicity is defined as freedom from complexity, intricacy, or division into parts (Merriam-Webster.com). When it comes to clutter and trinkets in our lives, I hardly believe that lack of such clutter would therefore equate to a lack of complexity or intricacy. However, I do understand that many beings in this world cannot part with clutter. Does it make us feel more complex? Or intricate?
There have been numerous studies performed on the human brain, and the negative effects of clutter. Now we know human beings are vastly different in their intention, drive, and purpose . . . but this I can only assume is true: no one loves sifting through piles of junk to find something. No one loves a heaping bin full of nonsense on the kitchen counter. "Where are my keys?" "Have you seen my phone charger?" "Do you know where I put that receipt?" Can you say STRESSFUL?
There are two major steps in organizing . . . one step is to:
Make the space appealing - make it functional, and make it meaningful.
The other more important step is to . . .
Decrease clutter! Cut out items that are not used, or hardly used at all. For each item you are considering, take time to really think of why you hold on to it: was it obtained during a happier time in your life? Did someone you love give this item to you? Do you like the item, but have no place to put it? All of these questions will further your ability to analyze and rid yourself of excess household items.
Your task for this week: start with window ledges. And tops of dressers, or cabinets, or the top of your toilet. Is there clutter sitting on top? Are there bins full of more clutter, stacked on top of your window ledge, or your toilet? Do you need those items on display? Feel free to sift through items, and get RID of the trinkets, clutter, and junk!
Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. -Albert Einstein-.