In an effort to align myself with the familiar strain of “out with the old and in with the new” I became a cleaning demon. My goal was to hone in on just the area of my office. It soon became an all-out assault on my home. Garbage day was Monday so I figured I would get as much done before then.
My journey began on New Year’s Eve about 3:00 p.m. Tentatively I sat in my office chair and began asking myself did I really want to take on this task. After a few minutes of contemplation I decided to plunge in whole-heartedly.
I am a person who does not function well with clutter around me. It is so easy for me to be distracted. Perhaps it wasn’t that much of a concern for me because a lot of accumulated papers were safely hidden behind desk drawers and other storage pieces where I did not see.
As weird as it might sound, I put things in the middle of the room on the floor. And why do I perform this strange ritual you ask? The answer is because by putting things in the middle of the floor, I am forced to deal with each item individually. It is at this point that I can decide what things I can finally throw away or keep. It amazed me how much unnecessary things I still had around. Things like old receipts, bills that had already been paid and just a variety of miscellaneous things that no longer served a purpose. I was so sure that I had gotten rid of those things before we moved into our home 7 years ago. Apparently that was not the case.
While others were probably out partying in the new year, I was immersed in a private celebration of my own. Before long I had several things ready for the shredder and recycling piles. When it was all said and done I had collected several bags of garbage from throughout the house.
But my efforts paid off in a big way. When I was at the midpoint of my clutter-free project, I noticed a red basket sitting against the wall in my office. It has been there for as long as I ‘ve lived in the house. There were pencils and other office supplies in it. I had no need to really take anything out of it. But since I was methodically going through everything, I picked each item up to see what I would keep and what I would dispose of. After a few moments my eyes landed upon two bills-one was a $20.00 bill and the other a $10.00 bill. Hey I was rich!!!! Heretofore my efforts had yielded me a sum total of two pennies. Upon finding this I think I was in shock for a few moments.
That revelation gave me just the motivation to keep trudging ahead with a determination to get rid of all those things that had been hidden for so long or had no more purpose for me.
I am now sitting in a more organized and clutter-free office. No, I haven’t found any more money but a goal was finally realized. My intention is to do a better job in getting rid of things in a timelier basis. I don’t want to be bogged down any more.
As I think back upon this experience it is a good reminder to get rid of the things that hold you back. If something isn’t good for you, let it go. Remove that albatross from around your neck and fly free of any encumbrances. That can relate to habits, things and people, too.
So here’s a hearty cheer for a more-clutter-free you. You might be amazed at what you discover too!!!