After many years of working with clients I have noticed one fundamental thing; those that have deep relationships with things often go through the five stages of grief as they go through the process. Do you remember this concept? Denial, Anger, Sadness, Bargaining and Acceptance. Sometimes we loose them for a period of time during this process because the emotional upheaval is just too difficult. I want to share a colleague’s perspective on this process and how it relates to grief. Read the re-posted blog below from Courtney Carver of Be More with Less The Five Stages of Clutter. Maybe you’ll recognize yourself in one of these stages.
The Five Stages of Clutter
|Posted: 11 Apr 2013 07:44 AM PDT
If you’ve ever thought about decluttering and then stopped, or started actually decluttering and then stopped, you might find some aha moments below. Think about these words the next time you dust a vase with no flowers, spend an entire weekend at Target or Home Depot, or try to fit into a pair of jeans that will not zip.
Depending on where you are in your be more with less journey, you have either said some of these things, or will say them soon.
This may sound similar to the 5 stages of grief, but it is in no way meant to diminish grief or other emotions.
Clutter is a problem before you ever recognize it. Often heard in this stage …
When you finally feel trapped by your stuff, it will piss you off. Often heard in this stage …
When you start to picture your stuff in the perfect organizational system, you are bargaining. Often heard in this stage …
Boxing up your useless stuff is the first step and it feels so good. Every box out the door creates more space. You feel lighter. You can breathe. This stage has its own mini-stages ranging from slow and steady to everything must go. Often heard in this stage …
Every little thing that you let go of creates space and time that you didn’t know existed. Minimalists claim that freedom is the number one benefit of simplifying their lives. Often heard in this stage …
If you find yourself desiring freedom but you are still bargaining or maybe you are ready to take action but are too overwhelmed to know what to do first, let us help. The journey of 1000 miles starts with one step.