Australian Health Today - - Contents - By Han­nah austin

the best thing about mov­ing house, al­though it can one of the most trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ences to go through, is the feel­ing you get when you fi­nally throw away those things that have been sit­ting around with­out a pur­pose. An old lamp, a bro­ken side ta­ble, a chipped vase, or even old shoes and clothes, clear­ing out an old garage or shed can be self-in­vig­o­rat­ing. Throw­ing out old shoe­boxes filled with mean­ing­less pa­per re­ceipts from 2010. Clear­ing out un­used, out of date pantry items, old socks with holes, ragged, worn tow­els. The list goes on. The good news is that you don’t have to move house to de­clut­ter your home.

What makes us keep things we no longer need? The na­ture to pos­sess more rather than less, the urge to buy un­nec­es­sary items, the con­tri­bu­tion we make to land­fill and our car­bon foot­print is get­ting larger and larger. For those of us that re­cy­cle as much as pos­si­ble, good’o to us, but the fact re­mains, most of us suf­fer from an ill­ness called, ‘Ac­cu­mu­late More-itis’.

I re­cently went to visit a friend I hadn’t seen in a few months be­cause she was re­cently made re­dun­dant and had more time to or­gan­ise her life in be­tween jobs. I was taken aback with the trans­for­ma­tion she made. With less money, and more time, her home had been trans­formed. With un­clut­tered clean lines, min­i­mal fur­ni­ture and dec­o­ra­tions, I must say I felt a sense of calm­ness and com­fort in her new space. She had thrown away (or given to char­ity) most of her stuff and was not im­pulse buy­ing any­more. She even looked health­ier. It was a les­son to be learnt. Less clut­ter, less debt, less clean­ing time, more money and en­ergy to live life. Sounds ap­peal­ing.

Many of you by this stage will be­gin to feel anx­ious, over­whelmed and ex­hausted al­ready

by the thought of what lies ahead. De­clut­ter­ing your home means de­clut­ter­ing your life as well (I’ll come to that later). But, you’ll be sur­prised to know that there are fun and cre­ative ways that your de­clut­ter jour­ney can take you. By the end, you’ll want to jump up to the stars and yell with glee at the feel­ing of ac­com­plish­ment and light­heart­ed­ness you’ll feel. I kid you not!

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