De- clut­ter­ing your home is ther­a­peu­tic for the mind and soul

Weekend Mirror - - CHILDREN’S CORNER -


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!

Happy 67th An­niver­sary to the Peo­ple’s Pro­gres­sive Party (PPP). Re­mem­ber to pur­chase and read your copy of the Mir­ror Newspaper and tune to Free­dom Ra­dio, stream­ing on 91.1 FM in GT and its en­vi­rons, 90.7 in Esse­quibo and 90.5 in Ber­bice. Stream­ing on­line free­dom­ra­dio Fol­low us on Face­book at free­dom­ra­di­ogy.

Happy Her­itage Month to all my Amerindian sis­ters and broth­ers. (G. Per­saud)

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