I’ve been thinking and reading a lot about clutter lately.
When I’m not vigilant about nightly pick-ups, my house quickly decomposes into a cluttery museum of stuff. And when that happens, it starts to feel a bit like the walls are closing in and I can’t breathe.
It dawned on me a few days ago that I have experienced this kicked-in-the-gut feeling before. When we were in debt.
As you know, I hit an emotional rock bottom with our finances about three years ago. I’d had enough of not being able to breathe and so we did something – something HUGE – about it. We changed our lives.
I’m ready to do something HUGE about our clutter. The irony of our oh-my-gosh-didn’t-we-just-clean-so-why-is-there-stuff-EVERYWHERE problem is that I’m actually not overly attached to the… stuff. My husband and my kids – that’s another story. But for me, I think my primary challenge is the upkeep.
Whatever the problem, though, I’m sick and tired of being a clutter ostrich. So, I’ve picked up a book called, It’s All Too Much, by Peter Walsh. The subtitle of the book is “An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff”. That’s gotta be a good sign that I’m on the right path, doesn’t it?!
I’m hoping It’s All Too Much will do for our clutter what The Total Money Makeover did for our finances. I’m a quarter of the way through the book, and so far, my big take-away is his question, Does your house feel like home?
Answer: Not quite yet. But we’re going to get there!
Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be sharing some of what I’m learning from Mr. Walsh and examining how living within your means can refer to more than just finances. Next week, I’ll be starting in the most logical place for this blog: An organized pantry.
I’m hoping we aren’t alone! Do you also struggle with clutter? Are you also realizing that clutter in our homes can be linked to clutter in our finances?