Clutter May Be the Death of Us

Freedom of Less Series, Part One

Death by Clutter

Have you ever looked around your house and thought, “Where did all that clutter come from?”

I sure have.  Like most Americans, I have far more “stuff” than I need.  Like, waaaaay more… Except for books.  I definitely don’t have enough books yet.

Some days, it’s just too much.  I come home from work and there are a bunch of items on the counter, the blankets and pillows are all piled on the couch in a tangle, the bed is a mess of laundry, and it seems like every horizontal surface has stuff on it.  Not important stuff.  Just stuff.

It’s a little insane, actually.

I’ll admit I have a really hard time getting rid of things.  I’m frugal by nature and often find myself thinking – “Oh, I shouldn’t toss that, I may need it sometime!”  or, “If I donate that, I’ll have to buy another one when I need it.”

This allows me to justify hanging onto ALL. THE. STUFF.  And then I come home and the house is so messy I can’t just relax and enjoy my evening.  It’s painful.

And it is harmful.

Studies have started to reveal that clutter is bad for us.  All that extra stuff that you don’t know where to put – that stuff is causing stress in your life.  And, if you somehow missed the memo, stress is bad for you!

Children who have too many toys tend to be fussier, have a harder time focusing, and often ignore the majority of their toys in favor of TV or other electronic entertainment.  I read the other day that America houses about 3% of the world’s children and that the 3% of kids who live in America own more than 40% of the toys in the world.  I have no idea what percentage of those toys are rarely if ever touched, but I would venture to guess it’s a lot.

So, what do we do?

Throw it all away!  I’m kidding – sort of.  But, at the same time, I’m totally NOT kidding.  We’ve come to a place where America needs a culture shift.  America (and by definition each one of us) needs to reevaluate what’s important.  Is it really necessary to have more things than you have room for?  Is it really worth having half your possessions in storage, just in case you need them again?

The Freedom of Less

There is something terribly hideous about the loads of “stuff” that clutter up our homes.  I’m coming more and more to realize that this is not the life I want to live.  I want to change my life to be something more beautiful every day.  What does that look like in the long term?  I don’t know!  But I would like to let go of more clutter and embrace the beauty of organization and the freedom of less.

How about you?  What could you have less of?

Join me over the next few weeks as we explore this concept of the “Freedom of Less.”  Let me know what areas of your life are painfully cluttered and where you need to find freedom!

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This easy to make rustic barn door is beautiful and easy to make! I love this for a touch of fixer upper style. Farmhouse is my favorite.

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Dia de los Muertos Sugar Cookies and Military Care Package #25

Sherry’s favorite – Dia de los Muertos Sugar Cookies for Military Care Package #25 @ The Monday Box

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Lacie’s favorite – DIY Halloween BOO Kit @ Gluesticks

This sweet potato goat cheese appetizer is beautiful and easy to make!

Debra’s favorite – Sweet Potato Goat Cheese Appetizer @ Cooking on the Front Burner

Monster Cookies

Donna’s favorite – Frankenstein Cookies @ Growing Up Gabel

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Fall Cleaning and Organizing Tips and Tricks

Fall Cleaning and Organizing Tips and Tricks

Wow, it’s already mid-October…I have no idea how that happened!  The past few weeks have been insanely busy as I’ve been building up a new position at work and put together a huge event.  Unfortunately, that means I’ve been a little absent over here in the blog world.

Today, I’m happy to share some fall cleaning and organizing tips from Zowie Ashton, a freelance writer who owns a small business in London.  Zowie is passionate about home improvement, cleaning, and organizing.

When you’re finished reading Zowie’s great tips, scroll down to check out this week’s Funtastic Friday Link up!

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My Favorite DIY Fall Decor

Fall Decor

My Favorite DIY Fall Decor

My favorite season is whichever one we happen to be in at the moment!  I’m always excited for a new season to arrive, and really sad to see it go (except maybe Winter…).  This means that while I’m really sad that summer is coming to an end, I am also looking forward to Fall.  Fall decor is definitely my favorite.  I love the bright, earthy colors, and the rich, warm tones.  I love leaves and pumpkins and scarves.   Continue reading →

The Best Ever Homemade Fresh Salsa

A Taste of Summer

Fresh Homemade Salsa

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Summer isn’t complete without fresh homemade salsa… in fact, I could literally live on homemade salsa. My hubby thinks I’m crazy because I will make a giant batch of salsa and eat The. Entire. Thing. All by myself. No sharing.

The Best Ever Homemade Fresh Salsa

He’s ok with the no sharing part because he doesn’t like fresh salsa, mine or anyone else’s. However, he does think I’m nuts because I will eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For days.

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Getting Organized for Fall + Funtastic Friday 140

Fall Organization Tips

Getting Organized for Fall

Fall is almost here and with it a new season a new need for getting organized.  Every time the season changes, I find myself looking for ways to make my life more organized, productive, and less stressful.  Here are six ways to organize your life as fall approaches.  Do you have some other ideas?  Scroll down and add your link to this week’s Funtastic Friday Link Up! Continue reading →

The Importance of Great Sleep Habits for Health and Wellbeing

The Importance of Great Sleep Habits for Health and Wellbeing

I’d like to introduce you all to Elly McGuinness.  Elly has written extensively in the health and wellness field and she is passionate about sharing her love for building healthy habits every day!  I’m excited that she agreed to pop over here to the Reflecting Beautiful Blog and give us some great insight on how to build and maintain healthy sleep habits.  Thanks for sharing, Elly!

The Importance of Great Sleep Habits for Health and Well-being

Sleep is an area that is often overlooked when it comes to improving health and well-being. Many people focus solely on nutrition and exercise, without fully appreciating the benefits of regular, good quality sleep. Pressures and habits of modern society often result in people choosing to fit more into their day. This can mean less sleep time, which can have a whole host of consequences. Continue reading →

Funtastic Friday 137

Funtastic Friday 137

Thanks for stopping by to check out this week’s Funtastic Friday link up!  We’d love to have you share your blogs with us!  This summer has been busy with work, but I’m excited for an upcoming change in my job position that will hopefully free me up to focus on the blog a little more!  The next few weeks will be packed with family and friends visiting, and a wedding to attend.  And then summer is ending…!

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How to Rock Your Own Cold-Brew Coffee

For the Love of Coffee

It’s no secret.  I’m a coffeeholic.  I love my morning cup of joe with a passion amounting to ridiculousness.  My husband knows that the surest way to get me out of bed is to tell me that there is a fresh cup of coffee on the counter or a fresh pot brewing.  Some mornings, he’s nice enough to bring it to me while I’m still in bed, just to get me to wake up. Continue reading →