Peter Walsh who is the mastermind behind the show Clean Sweep on TLC has written a book to help people live clutter-free lives titled "Lighten Up: Love What You Have, Have What You Need, Be Happier with Less.” Clutter goes a step further if you watch any of the proliferation of shows about hoarding.
When the stuff starts coming out the seams of a house, you know there's a problem
Hoarding doesn't have to be messy, it can be in the form of piles of books...
...or rows of cans.
Hoarders, Animal Hoarders, Buried Alive... I find these shows disturbing so I don't watch. I may be the only person not watching though, their ratings are through the roof. Does that apply to anyone in this house...uhh, no! If you rang my doorbell right now, I might not be dressed for the day but I can tell you for certain that my house would be clean. That's just how I roll. I just don't go to bed unless it's picked up, not spotless eat-off-the-floor clean, but the kind of clean that is ready for company. It's not cluttered...but it is stuffed. I need this book. He said most of us are guilty of buying too much. Your downfall may be clothes, or shoes, or maybe you are like me and like linens. Oh how I love good sheets and towels. There's nothing as good as crawling into bed on smooth sheets, rich in thread count and silky to the touch. And don't get me started on tablecloths, napkins or pillows. Yep, I have a problem! I have dishes for summer, winter and holidays, dishes for the boat, glasses of every shape and size, flatware for a small army. I have officialy ran out of room to store any more, so I've solved that problem...I'm passing some on to daughters!
Hoarding must start like this, a love of things. The need for plenty in our lives and somehow it just goes haywire. So, I've been purging, slowly but surely the closets are getting pared down, the dishes will be shared and my car has almost forgot it's way to Tuesday Morning. Almost...
The bad news is that Ross Dress for Less is opening soon. I'm in big trouble!
*The word "later" is the best friend of clutter. ~Peter Walsh