It's About Time
Pack rat’s pledge may resonate with others
Are you a clutter bug or pack rat who has reached the end of your patience with yourself?
I'd like to share a letter from a frustrated pack rat who was intent on shedding old ways. The cry of this letter probably will be echoed in many a reader's heart.
Dear old clutter-bug-pack-rat self,
You have lived for so long collecting, holding on to, and spending a great amount of time and energy to sort, purge, organize and toss the "stuff." While you never meant to clutter up my mind and home, that has been the result.
Having so much has been counterproductive and a real drain on my time and energy. It has prevented me from living freely and nobly.
I've had enough of living this way, so I choose to release you, my former clutter-bug-pack-rat self.
I choose a life that has a comfortable minimum of possessions and obligations. I want a home whose rooms are streamlined and simple, yet comfortable and inviting. Wherever my gaze rests, I want to smile with acknowledgment that these things around me are my favorite things.
My home will be low maintenance, leaving me more time for those things I really want to do. Sorting and purging old stuff is not among the important things in life. I want to be free of old things so I can live in the present.
What am I willing to change? I am willing to:
1) get rid of unnecessary and unloved items,
2) devote consistent time to simplifying and decluttering, even if only 15 minutes a day, and
3) stop buying unless it's something I can't live without.
I will not hoard and clutter up my house and closets but will share my substance with others.
When I bring a new item into my home, I will get rid of something old. I will allow myself to keep my "treasures." I will not be emotionally attached to things, but rather cherish the memories and let the item go.
I have closed a chapter in my life. I have turned a page in my life's book. I am a new person who lives a simplified, streamlined life with those things I love, need and use.
I will love the new spaciousness of my rooms, closets and home. I will love spending newly found time with people and activities important to me.
I will love this new, free life of mine!"
Could you identify with this cry for freedom?
Whether your frustration is with pack rat behavior or a persistent bad habit, why not put your thoughts and goals on paper as this pack rat did?
In doing so, you'll be crystallizing your thoughts, dreams and intended results. Diligence can bring it into reality!
See you in two weeks!
"It's About Time," by Ruth Wong
, owner of Organization Plus, runs the fourth Friday of each month. Contact her at "It's About Time," care of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 7 Waterfront Plaza, Suite 210, Honolulu 96813; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org