I finished reading my (first) book on getting rid of clutter.
Clutter Busting: Letting Go of What's Holding You Back ~ by Brooks Palmer, 2009, self-help, 9/10"Clutter-Busting Principles" are summarized in the final chapter. I get it, I know what Palmer is saying, but can I actually use the advice?
- "Toss or give away gifts that you don't like" (p. 212).
One Christmas, I was given a pair of tall candlesticks that I'd never use. If my cat investigated them and tipped one over, she could have burned down my house. My sister-in-law saw them the next day and liked them, so I gave them to her. I'd had them less than 24 hours. Okay, I'll admit I've kept other unliked gifts, sometimes for years.
- "Most photos are clutter. You were trying to preserve a moment that felt good to you in that moment. But now it's over. You are collecting ghosts. Ghosts are dull impressions of the original event. Do you want to live among ghosts, or do you want to live in the vibrant living world? Only keep the photos that resonate with this moment" (p. 212).
- "Avoid the habit of hiding things that you don't want to look at. Even if something is buried at the bottom of a box, underneath other clutter, it still affects you. Everything you own is attached to you in a subtle way. It will drag you down" (p. 214)
- "Nothing should be under your bed" (p. 213).
- "Clutter is sticky. Look for things that have piled up or been layered together. Chances are you can toss it all" (p. 215).
- "Put nothing in storage. Storage is clutter alimony and a waste of money" (p. 214).