The Status Quo of Clutter

After two months of focusing on clearing out the hidden storage areas of my house, I’m quitting for a while. After all, it’s not my life’s work. I confess to you that I had dragged out containers and files and left them scattered all over one room until I couldn’t stand it any longer. So, guess what I did. I just stuffed all that into a closet for another day. Yep. That’s the real world. At least, it’s my real world.

For the next few months, I’ll try to operate on the one-in-one-out rule. Whenever I bring something new in to my house, I’ll get rid of something of equal size, maintaining the status quo of clutter.

My dear friend and poet from Kansas City, Barbara Rhodes, wrote a poem that appropriately closes out this topic.

I  find that if you get rid of stuff

(those pesky odds and ends),

 you see what really matters in life

and not superficial trends.

One thing you need to remember though;

old pictures are priceless and dear.

They remind you of times and people you love

and the reason why we are here.

Barbara, you are so right. Thank you. I’m moving on to think about the people I love and the reason why I’m here.

This week, I’m visiting some dear friends of 35 years who now live in Virginia.

Maybe you would like to comment on the value of friendships in your life today.


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9 responses to “The Status Quo of Clutter

  1. I find that old friends are hard to come by.

    • I know what you mean, Mike. It takes effort to maintain friendships, especially long distance. But, look at us. We haven’t talked for a long time, but now we’re back in touch after–what–since 1975? I’m looking forward to our visit this spring.

  2. gregpare

    Well said ladies. As a financial coach I see people spending way too much money on stuff. That creates financial stress which causes relationships to suffer. Good reminder!

    • That’s right. One thing I learned is to think carefully before you buy something about how you’re going to get rid of it. Because, eventually, you will want to get rid of it.

  3. Pam Kingsley

    What I find wonderful, at this stage in life, is that technology not only helps us stay current but gives us a chance to embrace the past as well as the future. Finding old friends and acquaintances via facebook; learning about the world around us; gaining knowledge as we gain year…AND, discovering new ways to save pictures, videos and thoughts–sharing them around the world by the click of a button. Each of us sheds our “stuff” in ways we can accept. Sometimes, shedding becomes easier if we can capture and preserve the things we know, how we have lived, those we have loved and our hopes and dreams through technology…not through clutter.

  4. Brent Wendling

    Hello, Alice, Being a part of your blog is excellent. Clutter has become a way of life, it seems. Retirement has brought this to the forefront. I hope you have a safe and satisfying trip. Brent

    Sent from my iPhone

  5. Shirley Jetzke

    We are finished with our clean up and clean out,right ? Oh good! Having just lost a dear friend, I must admit that sooner or later, we all must pass that way. It makes me aware that,not only should we cherish and nuture our friends, but we must make sure that they know we feel that way about them. Friends are like precious jewels. When we find them we want to care for them and never let them go.

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