Isn’t it time to declutter your life

Finally we have an icemaker! Just in time for the summer heat. I can easily serve cold drinks—orange Julius, limeade with a sprig of mint, ginger ale mixed with cranberry juice and delicious filtered water.
We bought our refrigerator 15 years ago and our icemaker gave out after 10 years. We decided not to have it fixed. But now after five years, it’s repaired.
There’s only one problem. I threw out the ice bucket in a decluttering binge a year ago.
It’s not the first time I have thrown out the wrong thing.
Last spring, we had a high tea for our church’s mother-daughter banquet and hats were required. But sadly, when decluttering last fall, I had gotten rid of two of my favorite hats – pill boxes from the Jackie Kennedy era.
And years ago, I gave an old picnic basket (which was a gift from my parents) to the economy shop.
Later, I saw the basket in the store window as part of a silent auction, labeled “antique picnic basket.” Obviously, I bought it back and it now is beside our downstairs fireplace.
But in spite of those mistakes and others, I was still ready to read another book about decluttering.
This time it was one that my friend Ruby gave me when she was decluttering —“Lose 200 Lbs. This Weekend” by Don Aslett. The subtitle is “It’s time to declutter your life!”
Aslett has had a 45-year career based on housecleaning and getting rid of junk.
He has written more than 40 books on the topic, many of them bestsellers. My favorite is “Clutter’s Last Stand.”
The first chapter in “Lose 200 Lbs. This Weekend” is titled “TOO MUCH.” We have too much of everything—too many clothes, televisions, shoes, books, file folders, old photos, magazines, treasures, garden tools. As a result, we build more drawers and closets and put the rest in rented storage units.
But “excess will depress,” says Aslett. It takes away our freedom. It takes our time. It takes our money. Those mounting piles of “too much” nag us and rob us of life satisfaction.
It’s a universal problem. Just look at the phenomenal increase in the number of books, programs, seminars and conversations on the topic of decluttering and organizing.
Says Aslett, there are three big things we are struggling with: (1) mental and emotional stress—clutter in us, (2) overweight worries—clutter on us, (3) our stuff—the clutter around us. This book deals with all three.
All you need is just one weekend to start, says Aslett. And when you get started, you’ll feel so good it’ll be easy to continue.
There are lots of good decluttering books that focus on the “how to”. But that isn’t what you need. After 60 or 70 years of life, you know how to declutter. What you need is the motivation and this book is a master at that.
Life is very short! You don’t want to waste your time moving clutter around, storing it, getting rid of it, trying to manage it.
So why not begin this weekend and keep at it until you have the freedom you deserve.
Marie Snider is an award-winning healthcare writer and syndicated columnist.
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