Getting Rid of Clutter

Why is it so hard to get rid of clutter?

You know what I’m talking about, don’t you? I’m talking about all those old DVDs and books that are sitting around the house that you haven’t read in years.

Maybe you have made an attempt to get rid of these items.

But you failed, didn’t you?

Why is that?

Why is it so hard for us to get rid of clutter?

It’s difficult to get rid of these things because we are tied to them emotionally.

When you think about getting rid of that book that you haven’t read in years, you look at the book and you know instinctively that it’s part of you.

You invested energy in reading that book.

And even though it’s just a book, you remember where you were when you bought the book or what was going on with your life at the time.

In addition to that there may be lessons in that book that are relevant to your existence.

That’s probably why you kept the book.

That’s in large part why it’s so hard to let go of these things.

The same goes for DVDs.

Yes, I know, it’s just a DVD. But that DVD may be a DVD that you watched on your first date with your spouse.

Or that DVD may be a movie that you watched with your son or daughter.

The movie on that DVD may have special relevance to a loved one who has passed on.

That’s why when you think about getting rid of all your DVDs that you haven’t looked at in years you stare at them and can’t make a decision.

You are paralyzed.

I know what you’re talking about. I’ve been there, babe.

So what do we do?

At some time, some of these DVDs have got to go.

Do you even have a DVD player anymore?

And the books?

Come on now, you haven’t read those books in twenty years.

The world is moving forward. Are you going to keep those books until you die?

I didn’t think so.

So how do we get rid of all this clutter?

If you try to do it all at once, you will fail.

The way to do it is to go slow.

I want you to select out only a small number of the books and the DVDs that you think you can part with and resolve to make someone else’s life better with those items.

There are still plenty of people out there who don’t have the money to buy all these newer streaming services.

There’s still plenty of people out there who do not buy electronic books.

Many of these people are poor.

It’s a good bet that there’s a Salvation Army in your town.

The best thing you can do is take those DVDs and books and allow someone else to improve their life with those items.

Knowing that the DVD or book will go to good use will make you feel a lot better.

Also, don’t think of yourself as getting rid of these items. Think of yourself as loaning these items out to someone else on a permanent basis.

After you get rid of just a small number of these items, you will see that your life isn’t going to crash on the rocks.

When the next weekend comes you can let go of more items.

Then the weekend after that you can do it again.

And again.

In time you will see that it’s easy to declutter your life.

And that, gentlemen, is how we do that.


Archer Crosley

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