A few weeks back, I contacted Kathi Miller, otherwise known as The Clutter Coach, to see if she could possibly lend some guidance. I felt I needed to seek a guru of some sort, and with a nickname like Clutter Coach, I was certain she could help. She invited me to come to a presentation she was hosting on “How to De-Clutter Your Life” and it took place this morning at the Greendale Library.
I imagined I’d be one of five ClutterHearts attending the seminar. We’d all shuffle in, disheveled and in sweatpants, find seats sporadically around a table, maybe even start to cry at one point, but I was wrong. I was welcomed into a large room full chairs that filled up fairly quickly. The people filling the chairs weren’t crazy looking either, they looked creative and cultured and I was the only one disheveled and in sweatpants.
Kathi went over an abundance of information and I found myself anxious to get home and put her advice to work. Man-o-man, do I have so much to tackle, so many habits to dissolve, I just don’t even know where to start. I want to use the motivation I obtained this morning to create this new lifestyle for myself NOW, but I can’t. I’ve got places to be. My hope is that it doesn’t wear off by the time I can get to it.
Kathi advised that we live our lives like a novel, one chapter at a time and only keep stuff that you need for your current chapter. I’m looking around, and I can’t tell where one chapter ends and a new one begins. I think maybe I’m not even participating in my own novel; I’ve set the book aside and am just trying to organize enough so I can finally enjoy reading it. That can’t be good.
She asked the class what we would do if we were told we only had six months to live. Everyone gave the same answer: travel and spend time with family and friends. She pointed out how no one said they would spend it organizing or running out for a pair of boots we don’t have yet and we all laughed. It just goes to prove that what truly makes us happy does not live within the realms of our “things”.
She regularly teaches classes on de-cluttering through the Greendale Recreation Department and you can also hire her to personally come out to your home or office to assist you.
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Maybe if I can’t get it together and make this happen for myself, I’ll have to get her over here. If you were a ClutterCoach, what advice would you have to offer the ClutterHearts of the world?