I picked up the book, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin by chance. I was going on a cruise with a friend and popped into Costco to pick up a book or two. I could not put this book down!

One thing she said struck a chord with me, “Household disorder was a constant drain on my energy.” When my house is out of control with clutter I find that, more times than not, I simply want to curl up on the couch and watch tv. I have little to no energy and I tend to get nothing done. I am choosing to let my clutter rob me of the joy and happiness I desire.

Rubin suggests there are different kinds of clutter: nostalgic, conservation, bargain, freebie, crutch, aspiration and buyer’s remorse. For me, my problem usually comes in the form of conservation and aspiration clutter. I am frugal and find it hard to let go of “useful” items or items I have “plans” for because I would hate to pay for something twice. Understanding why we hold on to things helps us come up with specific strategies for our unique organizational challenges.

For Rubin, she decided to start in her closet. As she writes, “I went straight to the festering heart of my household clutter: my own closet.” It is important to determine where to start when looking at your organizing challenge. I believe that many people struggle with clothes clutter, believing that more is better. When in actual fact, more is often not better. I have found, as did Rubin, that having fewer items, but those that fit and look good, is much better!

Finding the freedom from clutter is possible! Often, when I have tackled a closet, I find I have more energy and am able to tackle some of the more difficult organization tasks ahead of me.

If you find yourself lacking the energy to clear the clutter in front of you, I am here to help. Contact me today.

Source: Rubin, G (2009). The Happiness Project. Toronto, ON: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.