Person to Person: Cleaning Up Clutter Can Make Time For Relationships

By Judi Light Hopson, Emma H. Hopson and Ted Hagen
Tribune News Service

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) People good at de-cluttering their homes and offices say that too much “stuff” can bog down your life. Below are a few tips to begin the journey of reclaiming your space.

Tribune News Service

Do you feel sad because there are people you don’t have time for?

Maybe they include your aunts and uncles, whom you’ve not visited in five years. Or, maybe you haven’t seen your old college pals since 2005.

As you look at your schedule, you might scratch your head trying to figure everything out. Why don’t you ever get around to penciling in activities with people you really miss?

One good reason is that anyone who is not well-organized will end up wasting a lot of time.

Cleaning up your life, quite literally, will open up mental energy and help you focus and work faster. You can then use this time to plan activities with those who matter to you.

People good at de-cluttering their homes and offices say that too much “stuff” can bog down your life.

“This bogged down feeling of having too much to do, with no energy to get organized, forces us to crawl through life at the slowest speed,” says a friend of ours who teaches classes on getting organized. We’ll call her Marian.

Marian says she’s worked with clients who haven’t really cleaned up their homes in a decade. “This is a dangerous way to live,” Marion insists. “Piles of stuff make you feel you’re way too far behind to enjoy seeing your friends on the weekend.”

She goes on to say that many of her clients, who receive five weeks of coaching on how to de-clutter, are too ashamed to invite anyone over to their houses.

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