Clear Away the Clutter!

31 08 2012

I’ve created a problem in almost every room in our home. As I put the laundry away, I swear “stuff” has multiplied in drawers, cupboards, closets, shelves, and even corners. I admit it. I have a hard time getting rid of things that I feel are still useful, whether I will use it again or not. One day I or someone I know may need it. Aaarrrggghhhh!

I usually am annoyed by one closet or cupboard that I mentally stew over in my mind until I tackle it. I will clear everything out, throw a few pieces away that have become trash, attempt to glorify the somewhat valuable items by offering to others to cherish, and then organize what is left and put it back. Yeah, it is neat and tidy, but most of the things will not be touched until I clean that corner again in a year (or, more likely, five years.)

Ironically, I’ve learned I also have clutter in my mind. Just like the physical things, there are corners of my mind where I store old ideas, feelings, and perceptions. These thoughts can resurface, when I let them, and, if positive or negative, can change my mood in a heartbeat. I can step on the scales to weigh myself, someone can say something nice or not to me, or I can listen to the news and those old thoughts take over. I have a tendency to let them repeat over and over, which only gives them more and more power. If they are positive thoughts or feelings, it is not a problem. But if not, look out, the downward spiral beings.

Most of the time, the perceptions are ones that I have created. They are not reality. I let my expectations or judgments take over and they get out of control seeming to be more real. When I catch this happening, I release those thoughts and remind myself of something I am thankful for or relive a moment that made me feel happy. With repetition, I can easily bring up those feelings, clearing the negative clutter.  I am not saying I will never be unhappy again, but the majority of the time I spend feeling good for all the things I am thankful for, regardless of how small.

Now, back to my closets… gradually, I am accomplishing those corners of chaos. I feel lighter with every positive thought and each thing that I let go of. Clearing the mental, as well as the physical, goes hand in hand. My new mantra is “less is more.” Our home and my mind are a work in progress. And hopefully, someone will be kind enough to let me know if the TV cameras from “Hoarders” show up!

Tammy’s Challenges

Mind: Get outside and enjoy your surroundings. Nature does wonders.

Body: Drink a glass of water before each meal and snack.

Soul: Give everyone you meet a compliment. It can be a smile, a flower, a gift or anything that comes from your heart.

I would love to hear from you.  Contact me through email at and Facebook at TammYoga and Twitter @TammYoga.







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