Overcoming the Chaos

the best type of life is the simple life, with as little amount of clutter as possible. but this type of life, while simple, is not easy. everyone’s life will have some mess and some clutter at one time or another, but those who want to control and subdue it have to have some structure and organization to deal with the chaos.

i’m a recovering mess-addict. i actually come from a rather messy family with mild hoading tendencies who haven’t seen the light yet. my mother will hate that I am revealing this to you. we often hosted visitors from near and far to come to our house for dinner and conversation. they thought we were so clean but usually we kept our messes hidden in various places in the house known as the closets and bedrooms.

some people are clothes-addicts or shoe-addicts. my family are tech-addicts with significant cord clutter. you see, we grew up on computers (nerds!). we had computers in our house before other kids had computers. we each had our own computer before it was commonplace for households to have more than one computer. it’s crazy how much outdated technology has cluttered their house.

i know there’s worse out there…reality tv shows display people’s hoarding behaviors to remind recovering mess-addicts like me to never go back to the old ways. but i’m afraid one day the family might turn into one of those crazy hoarder families. it’s unhealthy to live in chaos.

i’ve battled with siblings and parents to get their messes under control—and lost. so in the life, marriage and apartment, SimpleGuy and i share, we feel we need to avoid the messy, cluttered life that my family experiences, starting with the mantra “don’t go to bed with a mess around you.” no doubt SimpleGuy’s clothes pile is a daily challenge. so is the sink full of dishes that i sometimes wash at 11:30pm right before going to bed. i’m definitely still recovering from being a mess-addict; it takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears to keep up the uncluttered life.

here’s what we’ve given up:
1. no accumulation of junk mail piles
2. no food left out (except fruit that is ripening)
3. no odds and ends pieces of tupperware and plastic containers
4. no accumulation of mugs, glasses, plastic cups from hotels,
5. no piles of receipts (more on my organizing system later)

it’s totally liberating! try it out.