When our closet is so full we can’t find anything to wear, we initiate a closet purge.  Then, we haul to Goodwill garbage bags full of items that haven’t been worn, shoes with holes in their soles and sweaters purchased for a younger and leaner me.

One of my construction company’s warehouses was cluttered with metal drums containing blueprints. I decided the space could be put to better use and hired a service to haul the drums to a landfill.  Arguing the old drawings were of great value, the manager of our air conditioning department halted the loading of the truck .

I challenged him to find the original plans on a job we installed 20 years before and use them to develop an estimate. It took most of a day but he located the old drawings; only to discover they were roach infested, weathered and unusable.

Clothes that will never be worn and building plans that are unusable are examples of clutter—disorder resulting in confusion and  lost time.  Getting rid of clutter reduces stress resulting from chaos and frees up space that can be used for better purposes.

It is also important to purge the litter from the closet that is your mind. Hanging there are feelings of anger and resentment. Hoarding such thoughts leads to bitterness that poisons your life.  Purging them creates space for positive ideas, dreams and aspirations.

Resentment and Grudges

Resentment or grudges do no harm to the person against whom you hold these feelings but every day and every night of your life, they are eating at you.” – Norman Vincent Peale


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