Clutter exhausts you, and I am certainly am an offender on this.
A very wise woman who raised 10 children of her own and many others besides, told me this bit of wisdom. She had a wall of Delft Blue Collectors Plates which she treasured and everything else went to others.
After spending a lot of time on the road living in hotel rooms then coming home. What did I do? Everything seemed so full of everything. Did I really need this. Some things I really loved just had too much of I would put up some items and the rest (only those I truly loved) went into a box in the bottom of the closet. Then several times a year out would come the box and I would put some things away and new items would be displayed. Even this would create new positive energy in my house like a breath of fresh air.
Everything else was given away or put in a yard sale.
After I moved to the City again with only a few boxes and a dresser, within 3 months I had found everything I needed for this space, it was so easy and effortless and I got very reasonable prices.
When I moved into an apartment building this is when I ran into trouble, a tiny bachelor apartment. By this time my health had seriously deteriorated and I had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, CFS, Multiple Chemical sensitivities, asthma, just to name a few. Most of the time I used a mechanics stool to get around my apartment and to sit on while cooking and sweeping the floor. Fibromyalgia causes muscles to malfunction and I would drop a lot on the floor. I have broken huge quantities of plates, cups and glasses.
The fibromyalgia became so serious, the only thing I feared was living! This is when my space became cluttered, seriously cluttered. This is when I found it impossible to sleep at night.
Besides the health conditions , the clutter was making me even sicker.
When I had lived in a 3,600 square foot house in a suburb of Toronto everything was almost always tidy in spite of working 12 to 14 hour days. I had the energy to work these
l o o o n n n g hours.
No more. Now I have moved into a one bedroom apartment, it is too small psychologically for me. Every week I either give something away or toss into the garbage. Somehow it is still way too cluttered.
Although every time I discarded items and moved furniture around, it was like a breath of fresh air flowing through my pad. Keep only those things that make you feel good and that you really treasure. Get yourself a pair of grips with long handles to get items off top shelves and out of deep cupboards.
So, here is where you come in. Got any ideas on reducing clutter? Ideas to simplify cleaning ? Cooking methods that are simple, easy to prepare and nutritious.
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