Get Rid of Clutter & Organize your Life for 2014

Do you live with clutter, or do you collect???


Ah, the New Year 2014, a time when we express our gratitude for all our gifts & challenges of the previous year.

Get rid of clutter and organize your life for 2014

Does this photo make you feel comfortable or anxious? Photo credit: Photograher Hans on

I have been one of those people who accumulates possessions until all their living space is used up.  I ask myself, all the time… “Am I a clutterer or a collector??”

A huge clutching anxiety comes over me as I try to get rid of clutter. I still need that great jacket with the football shoulder pads, hoping they will come back in style. Sometimes a naughty thrill comes through as I toss out pictures & love letters from old boyfriends.

Again I ask myself…”Are you a clutterer or a collector?”

I have been dedicating some time this month decluttering my own home. It has been totally cathartic, emotional, and a wonderful  blessing for all my memories & experiences. As you may or may not be aware, two years ago, my very special life partner, Charlie passed away. I really didn’t come to a point of grieving, letting go or even accepting that after 24 years, he was not walking through that front door. I cared so much that it felt like I could bleed to death.

Finally, this week, I was finally able to start my journey of healing & letting go, always loving, never forgetting and having peace in my heart.

Where does clutter come from anyway? Why is it so hard to get rid of it? How do we get so emotionally attached to this stuff!?! How can one person give it all away, leaving no clutter behind, while another can live surrounded by all his or her stuff. In fact, I hate house cleaning. Just like Erma Bombeck says, “my idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance”.

I have searched everywhere for the perfect solution to remove my clutter, but nothing made a mental connection, until suddenly, I got it! On the radio someone asked if we are prepared for the big one, an earthquake? OMG, in my vivid imagination, the clock is ticking & what do I do? Curiously, I discovered the psychology behind clutter.

Clutter can cause unwanted stress. I can’t take it with me. Stuff can be replaced, however time with family & friends and the peace that comes from having an organized space cannot. Make it a goal to organize your life for 2014! So here’s an idea…make “cash from your trash.” Garage sales, eBay, Craigslist, consignment stores, recycling, used book stores & newspapers (classifieds) can be great ways to unload some clutter and add to your bank account. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure!

In the end, it doesn’t really matter whether you are a clutterer or a collector, just look for the humour. It’s your home and you need to feel comfortable there. Recently over heard at a local auction house…”A clutterer is poor. A collector is rich.” It’s all a matter of perspective – I would love to hear yours: Please leave a comment below & tell me what you think!

Carell-Ayne Whalen is a professional home stylist & stager in Victoria, BC who helps her clients declutter their living space to bring back, peace, clarity & productivity. You can learn more about her here:

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