“Many wealthy people are little more than janitors of their possessions.” ~ Frank Lloyd Wright
This quote has always fascinated me…I don’t know what prompted Frank Lloyd Wright to make such an observation, but I have to say, Frank, I am in total agreement with you on this one.
While we’re not wealthy, we are fortunate to have enough money to buy everything we need, plus a lot of what we want. And in 50+ years of living, we’ve accumulated a lot of … STUFF. I know this because it took 2 trucks to deliver all our STUFF to our new house on Thursday. There is so much STUFF filling our garage, guest room, living room and dining room that you can’t walk through them.
Online organizational coach FlyLady (aka Marla Cilley) offers good advice to people like me who are living in CHAOS (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome) because their homes are too cluttered. She has an interesting acronym for STUFF: “Something That Undermines Family Fun.” People who have a lot of STUFF spend way too much time trying to deal with their STUFF, and too little time with family, friends, and all the interesting things life has to offer. So what do you do if you’re drowning in STUFF?
First of all, she says you can’t organize clutter – it has to go. Her advice is, if you don’t use it or love it – get rid of it! And if it seems too overwhelming FlyLady says, “Know your limits and do a little each and every day. Before you know it, your home will be de-cluttered and you will have your life back.”
What an opportune time for us to apply the “use it or love it” criteria…in the process of unpacking our moving boxes, we will be touching everything that we own. I am going to make my best effort to divest ourselves of the junk we have been dragging around for 30 years or so…I don’t want to end up spending my life as the janitor of my possessions!