While watching a video about clutter management, I heard a woman describe her family’s habit of bagging up all of their clutter and hiding it whenever someone came to the house.
They hid their reality in a room named: The Overflow Room.
I can’t stop thinking about this phrase. (To see the video, click here.). Keeping a room available for hiding sacks of chaos is not a good use of living space, will not solve the problem, and — let’s face it — will most likely encourage more clutter.
If a glass is overflowing, we stop pouring and tip the glass to remove the excess.
If a home is overflowing, the solution is the same.
Obviously, this takes time and commitment, and we can’t actually tip our homes like we can do with a glass, but the solution still applies: stop pouring and remove the excess.
This year, in addition to the new adventure of writing this blog, I started a small business to help people simplify and declutter their lives. I have always found it a rejuvenating and satisfying experience to make something better and simpler…but not everyone does!
Some people are so resistant to this kind of activity, they can hardly believe that anyone would enjoy it.
I do enjoy it!
Shortly before I officially started the business, I helped a friend make her long abandoned home office usable once again. She felt so uplifted by the result that she wrote a blog post (One Day My Soul Just Opened Up) about the experience of clearing out her office, and why it made such a difference in her life. Months later, I also helped her with her closet and she created some video blogs, both from before the process, and during and after the process.
Organizing and simplifying are completely normal activities for me, but there are so many people with Overflow Rooms and other much more serious problems who struggle with it every day. It can be a very emotional experience for people to face up to these kinds of issues.
If you have a problem like this and you think you need some support to deal with it, get support. If you are too embarrassed to ask your friends or family to help you, hire an organizer.
Start now. Make space for your life!
P.S. You can contact me privately through acleansurface at gmail dot com if you need help in the San Jose, CA area, or even if you just need to talk to someone.
* The fabulous photo above is a close up of a framed Marilyn Monroe portrait I have in my home.