Monday, June 23, 2008

Curse of untidiness

A recent article points to DNA as the reason behind clutter in our modern world. The theory is that we humans have a genetic predisposition for clinging to our belongings. Every Mommy knows this especially applies to children who want to hang on to every Kids Meal toy you just happen to collect on those trips to the drive through. My oldest son recently sold several bags of those said treasures for 25 cents at our last garage sale. It was all part of our family's attempt to declutter with the news a third little boy would soon need to fit into our house. We went about going through our belongings and soon learned we were storing way too much of the American dream.

Old furniture, clothing, even a cat litter box graced our driveway when the early bird shoppers descended on our little mercantile. You know that old saying, "One man's junk", well we had some junk for all to peruse. We sold old college furniture, a roll of plastic, and anything taking up our much needed space for no reason. Even my six-year-old got into the mix with his own sales table and his carefully sorted and packaged toys priced and marked. They sold like hot cakes.

Throwing a yard sale was a good first step toward bringing our clutter under control, but isn't it hard to say goodbye. Goodbye to old memories, goodbye to the "stuff". I seem to have an emotional attachment to my belongings and I find I am not alone. Apparently many of us find it hard to get rid of our belongings and we are running out of room to store our treasures. Over the past three decades the self-storage business has been the fastest growing slice of the commercial property industry in the US. Statistics show there are almost seven feet of self-storage for every American. Talk about leaving a foot print.

Enter here the clutter calvary. Those people who are gifted in organization and know how to help you live a simple stream lined existence. Certified Professional Organizers, will work with any individual who wants to be more organized, by assessing, with them, what space and stuff they are dealing with, what they want it to be like, and what has kept them from being able to achieve their own personal utopia of order. The National Association of Professional Organizers currently boasts 3,900 members, who, for an hourly fee, help their clients begin to conquer their inner messy monster. They will come into your home identify areas for improvement such as disorganized filing systems, closets, cabinets, and that dreaded junk drawer. There are even 12-step support groups such as Clutterers Anonymous or Messies Anonymous one can join for support and advice. According to Messies Anonymous, I am a sentimental messie. One who keeps items for sentimental value. O.K. I'll buy that logic and apparently keep it, grow fond of it, and store it in my closet.

1 comment:

Cindy said...

Hey Heather...I just noticed your blog posted on Facebook. I enjoyed reading your posts. I'd never heard of the "dry drowning." How scary! Thanks for sharing.

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