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Clutter represents indecisions. Make a decision and clear the clutter. Unknown

Clutter is a decision we haven’t made yet. That sounds about right. If we’d made the decision about what to do with the paper, clothes, or item it would be put back where we got it, thrown out, or put somewhere for donation.

What is it about us that we don’t want to make a decision? Much of what doesn’t get looked after should be thrown out. Some of us keep magazines long after they are out of date. We get sent industry magazines we never look at. I never throw them out when we receive them? I always put them where we could look at them. We never do. A pile collects and then one of us throws them out. Wouldn’t it simplify our life if we didn’t have that pile sitting there?

I listen to people who appear to lead clutter-free lives. How do they do it? Books are my big thing and my collection is growing. I tell myself it’s for my blog, before the blog it was to gain knowledge about something, art, writing, cooking, self-help, or whatever caught my interest at the time. I love going to Value Village and peruse the used books. Buy four and the fifth is free, means I almost always can find four I want, and then I hunt for the fifth.

I tend to buy books by topic. If someone looked at my bookshelves they would see the phases I’ve gone through. One year when the Canadian dollar was higher than the US dollar art books were a bargain. I collected a bookshelf full of them; these are not books I’ve found for sale in used book stores.

Clutter is the physical manifestation of unmade decisions fueled by procrastination. Christina Scalise

When I learned that some authors use Tarot cards to help build their plot lines I bought Tarot books and Tarot cards. I’ve bought writing books over the years. My son talked to an author in Indigo last weekend. The author told him the writing book that impacted him the most was On Writing by Stephen King. My son picked up the author’s debut novel The Actor by Douglas Gardham and Stephen King’s book for me.

I started reading The Actor it seems worth the read, maybe even a book club pick. I didn’t have the heart to tell my son I already own a pocket-size copy of Stephen King’s book but the copy he got me is so much nicer, larger, with a bigger font, and easier to read.

Finding a home for my books is not yet a problem. I may have to start editing and return some of them back to Value Village for someone else’s enjoyment. I have books I’ve moved down to my art studio that I should go through. Many of them are candidates for Value Village. Something I should do before New Year’s.

I love having books at my fingertips that help me in my art, writing, and life. If there is something we need to know there is likely a book that will help us figure it out. Will e-books replace physical libraries? I think it will be hard to find the information we want in e-books. That might be prejudice on my part; it might be easier to find what we want in books accessed by a computer.

Our computers can become as cluttered as other parts of our lives, but we don’t notice it at first glance. For those of us who have a clutter problem, we will likely always have a tendency to not make the decision that would lead to no clutter.

It is my experience that once we allow one piece of clutter it attracts more, and more, and more. It’s like trying to eat one potato chip, or one peanut. If we don’t eat any, we can be successful, but if we allow ourselves to eat one, we allow ourselves to eat more.

Is our life filled with unmade decisions? Are they showing up as clutter?

Clutter isn’t just the stuff on the floor. It’s anything that gets between you and the life you want to be living. Peter Walsh

Self-reflection is the first step to decluttering because it’s not about the stuff. Unknown

Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein

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It’s All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff Paperback – Nov 6 2007

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