"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."



('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)




Saturday, February 20, 2010

Tidying up


I'm visiting Dad this weekend and, as he is suffering from a cold and chest infection, he didn't feel like going out today, so we set to on the piles of paperwork, unread stacks of magazines and numerous unsolicited catalogues and other advertising rubbish that continually flows through his letterbox.
After working from 9.30 this morning until 5pm, with a half hour break for lunch, we had it more or less sorted. Mind you, I did have to sneakily remove a few items which had been on the 'uncertain' pile, but then, as I pointed out, if you decide to keep things 'in case they might come in useful', you  are placing an added burden on yourself. You either have to find somewhere to put it, or having decided that the object will be useful, you are then obliged to find a use for it, thus creating extra work for yourself. Far easier, quicker and more satisfying  just  to chuck it in the bin or recycling box.
Then you can sit back and enjoy the experience of tidiness and space. There is nothing like de-cluttering to give that sense of satisfaction!
Are you listening to me, Keith? Make sure NASA is suitably de-cluttered by the time I get back!
I have always wanted a minimalist look in my home.
I'm still waiting...

4 comments:

Yorkshire Pudding said...

It's only human to have a certain amount of clutter around you. The never-ending issue is trying to strike the right balance. This seems to be a big part of most people's lives. I am one of those who will from time to time have a mammoth clearout and sort-out as happened in our spice cupboard last week. I am mistrustful of those whose personal spaces are always immaculate and orderly. This is unnatural.

Jennyta said...

No, I can't agree with you YP. In my case, I can actually feel myself becoming irritable when surrounded by clutter, which I define as too many things in too little space. Unnatural I am, then!

flightplot said...

I agree with you as I've always been a minimalist! Flghty xx

Jennyta said...

Hurray! An ally at last! :)

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