I joined (CA) Clutterer’s group last year, after many years of being in denial, but I realized that I did have a serious problem when one day I was cleaning my closets and was surrounded by clothing, and other things that caused me to become overwhelmed, and I just began to cry. I never realized how much “stuff’ I had, and when I saw just some of it all spread out, I realized there was a serious problem, only getting larger if not dealt with with some structured method, and changing my thoughts about stuff in general. I have purged many things, clothing and household items over these past months, with high and low times of enthusiasm and hopelessness. It is not an easy process, many thoughts and emotions arise when purging items that have been in your life “forever’ why we have them is always a big question when we finally start looking at all of the stuff…seems it has just always been there, and although we don’t really “use” it any longer, or even need it, we can’t let it go….so many things cause this problem for my husband and I. Are we hoarders? Maybe so, not only do we have our own stuff, we have our friends and families stuff as well, our house, garage and shed is full of stuff, our yard is also full. What is the solution? I find the 12 Step program for clutterer’s helpful, and I also follow some minimalism and the “be more with less” philosophy blog sites on line, they are very helpful and inspirational. Lots of good information, new ways to think about things, consumerism culture….keeping up with the Jonese’s, “don’t keep up with the Jonese’s, they’re broke” is Dave Ramsey’s quote, one very inspiring quote for me. I am a work in progress and i believe it took some time to accumulate, and will take some time to become minimalist in my life and spirit…..consistency is the key ingredient, and don’t bring more into the space. It is a lifestyle, and mindfulness about what is necessary, needed as opposed to wanted, and freedom from the bondage of consumerism, and things, debt, work and sacrificing your time to this bondage of things, stuff. Anything that is not useful is clutter. I am struggling between myself being a fashionista, and wanting to become a minimalist. Not an easy task.
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