In her New York Times Bestseller The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin starts her year-long Happiness Project with a focus on vitality and a plan to boost her energy. One of the things she tackels is her clutter, noting that “Household disorder was a constant drain” as well as acknowledging the “psychic clutter of loose ends”. She proposes 8 types of clutter she finds daily in her life. How many sound familiar?
nostalgic clutter – relics from an earlier life
conservation clutter – useful things that are useless to you
bargain clutter – unnecessary things “but they’re on sale!”
freebie clutter – gifts, hand-me-downs, and giveaways
crutch clutter – things we use but really shouldn’t (we all have tee-shirts like this)
aspirational clutter – for all those things we’ll get to someday – yeah, right!
outgrown clutter – those things that were useful once upon a time but not anymore
and my favorite
buyer’s remorse clutter – really, do you feel less guilty if it’s stuck in the back of a closet?
I think these are awesome ways of thinking about the clutter we accumulate. I’ve got all of these – how about you?