8,500 things gone, only 1,500 things to go
Here it is. The real reason I need to declutter.
I lose stuff.
I’m talking birth certificates, cell phones, health records, jewellery, wallets and keys.
I even lost a child once in Hawaii – near the ocean!!! Of course, he wasn’t really lost, just playing in the shower near the park while I (fearing the worst) ran frantically up and down the beach. It was heart stopping panic as any parent who has “looked away for just a second” will attest to.
I’m sure I ruined the aloha of more than a few vacationers. And it certainly eclipsed the drama of the lost keys.
My point is, people vary greatly in their capacity to function amidst clutter. Squirrel, for instance, can handle a stash in every bowl, basket, drawer and cupboard in every room. He’s also the quickest draw of important things I’ve ever met.
Passport? Chik! chik! File cabinet.Health Cards? Chik! chik! Kitchen drawer.Cell phone? Chik! chik! Front hall table.TV remote? Chik! Chik! Couch cushion.Car Keys? Chik! Chik! Coat Pocket.
It’s impressive to watch especially for someone who is driven mad by the sight of a box full of magazines, foodstuffs, toys, bike parts and ceiling paint. To me, that’s an afternoon of sorting, tossing and wondering. To Squirrel, it’s just a box of crap where he keeps his adjustable seat post.
Irrelevant things don’t phase him the way they phase me. He’s got it all (even my stuff) mapped out in the old noggin. There was a brief phase when he tried to wean me off his grey matter by answering all location questions with the very frustrating:
It’s where you put it last.
That lasted about as long as my attempt to teach him to store his things in half reasonable combinations.
Decluttering has become a hot topic around here so much so that our kids have joined the conversation. The other morning our oldest son asked:
If Daddy’s a Squirrel, what kind of animal is Mom if she loses everything?
Being inquisitive, I googled – forgetful animal. Popular legend has it that fish take the top honours. Remember Dory in Finding Nemo: “Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.”
So, if you’re using your grey matter for something other than memorizing the location of your passport, it’s okay. Just keep decluttering. Just keep decluttering. Just keep decluttering, decluttering, decluttering.
It was Dory, after all, who found Nemo. Not bad for a fish with short term memory loss.
What I tossed today: game parts, TV, door bell, electrical face plates, hockey sticks, cloth shopping bags, posters, tent pegs, garden stakes, baby proofing supplies.