Monday, March 17, 2014

Over Stuffed

Stuff creeps into our lives and multiples.
Where did that pile of clothes, books or rocks come from?
How did the desk, kitchen table or counter become so cluttered? 

Our homes overflow with:
  • Pantries filled with enough food to feed a family for 6 months
  • Tools we don't use or that don’t work
  • Toys – drawers, shelves, boxes overflowing with toys
  • Supplies for projects gathering dust
  • Clothes we have not fit into for a long time
  • Multiples of reading glasses, scissors, nail clippers.... yet where is one when needed? 
An over abundance of stuff zaps our energy, clutters our space and confuses our thinking.  Yet we struggle to let stuff go.  Even the stuff we no longer use or like -- can cling to us.

Instead of letting things go we tend to stuff our stuff into drawers, closets, and storage sheds.  We purchase plastic containers and pretty boxes for keeping stuff, not because we use it, but because we are not ready to let it go. 

We know what to do.  Some of us have:
  • Worked with a professional, friend or family member to help us organize
  • Read books to re-organize home or office spaces.
  • Read articles in magazines and on the web to support de-cluttering
  • Watched Clean Sweep, Clean House and Hoarders on TV
We may know what to do and yet struggle to do it, even when we see our stuff robbing us of:
 time, productivity, creativity, connection with others and peace of mind. 

Can we learn to let go of what no longer severs us with ease? 

This is the goal of a 4 – part Clearing Clutter Workshop,  I am piloting at Oro Valley Public Library. 

Part 1:  Clutter: Awareness
Tuesday March 25th 9:30 – 11:00am

Part 2:  Clutter: Acceptance
    Tuesday April 1st 9:30 – 11:00am

Part 3:  Clutter: Adjustments and Actions
Tuesday April 8th 9:30 – 11:00am

Part 4:  Clutter: Invisible Clutter
    Tuesday April 15th  9:30 – 11:00am

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