Bea Boomer’s Wellness Project – Day 36 – 3/25/15
According to the Gone-ta-pott website, the 4th week of March is National Clutter Awareness Week, and March 25th is Letting Go of Stuff day. (Looking for fun and weird holidays, many of which you didn’t even know existed? Look no further than Gone-ta-pott.)
Bea is going to celebrate this holiday by de-cluttering her home office. (This may take more than a day, however). She’s a big believer in clearing out the clutter – a few years ago, she actually wrote a song about how clutter was driving her crazy! Her house is relatively organized, but her office? Not so much.
Her computer desk and the area surrounding it are filled with manila folders, half-read books about health and wellness, research notes, scraps of paper with ideas scribbled on them (that’s what happens when you get an idea in the middle of the night and have to write it down somewhere!) There’s a table in this room, covered with more books, papers that haven’t been filed in her filing cabinet, magazines, photos to be scanned . . . . oh yea, there are also cobwebs. Bea only notices those when her hubby points them out.
It drives her crazy and clutters her mind – and with a cluttered mind, she can’t get anything accomplished. It also seems like the older she gets, the more she wants to simplify her life – she notices that there’s a lot of stuff in her house that she doesn’t even use!
Decluttering for vital aging? Yes m’am. “They” say (the experts, that is) that organizing your space can also help your mood and your mental health. Take a look at this article for some tips on how to declutter not only your personal space, but your mind as well. (Life Organizers is a pretty cool site: it provides a ton of organizing advice, tips, checklists, etc.
Some scientists state that clutter can negatively affect focus and concentration.
On the other hand, some argue that people with messy workspaces may simply be more creative than their neater neighbors.
What about you? Do you like to surround yourself with stuff, or do you prefer to de-clutter?