De- cluttering your home is therapeutic for the mind and soul
the past week, I met this very interesting, overseas-based Guyanese woman. I tried to capture much of some aspects of our discussion. We both agreed that the summer season was coming to its end and the mixed weather of sun and rain will be approaching.
Events such as the new school year, higher levels of academic pursuits, graduations, Diwali, and even the December holiday preparations come to mind. For many of us, this seasonal change marks some movement from the exterior world to the interior one. In my friend’s case, after having spent much of the past couple of months working in her garden and enjoying outdoor activities, she will definitely need to give some attention to the inside of her home.
She told me that she likes to approach this exercise with a positive attitude rather than as a chore, and she has developed a little game to help her to do that. The first thing she does is arm herself with paper and pen and go from room to room, identifying the area or areas that need(s) to be addressed. She will take stock of the areas that need attention, as well as how she can make her home more comfortable and better organized.
From the discourse, my good Readers, I got the impression that she was particularly sensitive to those places, which seem to draw clutter, such as the counter where the mail gets dumped. I assured her that I knew what she was talking about. Areas such as the garage, closets and storage spaces need to be addressed regularly and that usually entails a little cleaning and de-cluttering of the things she no longer needs. Afterwards, she decides if the unused items were destined for the garbage, a friend’s or neighbour’s custody or the outdoors.
Next, she said that she would address that which she has named “her problem areas.” These areas for whatever reason -- be it lack of space, bad habits or a mixture of both -- seem to be eternally cluttered and messy. She wrote down what she thought was the root of these ‘clutter’ issues and then begin to brainstorm how she could resolve them.
For example, in the case of the unsightly pile of mail, she may opt for a trashcan and file folder. That way, when she brought her mail in from the mailbox, she can go through it immediately dropping junk mail, circulars and envelopes into the trash and filing bills and other important mail in the folder to be dealt with later. Another solution might be to switch monthly utility bills - GPL, GWI and GTT - to electronic bills and avoid the paper bills altogether.
In any case, these are some of her ideas and thoughts about the de-cluttering and re-organization of homes. She said to me that she anticipates that after completing this exercise, comrades, which may take a few weeks she is hoping that she will have such a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction that will motivate her to do more on home improvement. And best of all, she said it made her feel better about returning to the inside as the more wet season begins.
I hope you will take some time to go through the Weekend Mirror newspaper to see what the week holds for you. Best wishes for a wonderful week as we transition into a new season!
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