De-cluttering is so important. We all tend to become overloaded, overstuffed and over-burdened with a lot of things both tangible and intangible Every now and then we need to stop, pause, take control of what we are really carrying and what we ought to let go.

I work best in clean, de-cluttered, organised spaces. I hate clutter. I do not like 'too much stuff'. (The only exception to this being books--but they too have to be neatly stored and organised).

Today I decided to de-clutter one of the cupboards in my kitchen which had been screaming for attention but which I had been ignoring due to the whirlwind book tours. (For  pictures from the Chennai launch--I was the lady in red that evening :)--click here)

I came across this brilliant article on decluttering the kitchen:

I followed all that the article said and my de-cluttering project was a super success.

Here is what it looked like before:

I would, all the time, put off de-cluttering it because I truly would not know where to start. But today I decided enough is enough and I got down to it. (The tips in the article helped immensely)

An hour later this was the result:

When I thought about it, I wondered why I did not do it earlier. It would have taken me just the same amount of time.

Then I concluded that what I really needed was the 'trigger' (The article was my trigger)  and  an 'explosion point'. The point where I couldn't take the clutter anymore. The point where I said "Enough. This has to be fixed and fixed now."

I guess this is really important in our relationships too.
We need to recognise how much is worth holding on to?  Are your relationships accumulating a lot of clutter? Are you going  to reach an explosion point?

Think! (This might be your trigger)

And till you reach a conclusion--there is always the kitchen cupboard to de-clutter :)


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  1. Nice...:)A simple experience/household chore conveyed a great message...True that Ma'am...All we need is a start or an intent and the rest we have is something like a clean cupboard.Whether it's a cluttered cupboard or life cluttered with relationships dragged just for the sake of having a relation, always complicates.Thanks for sharing this experience..Keep inspiring us! Super like :)

  2. Decluttering can be such a stress buster. Sometimes, when I feel stressed & things seem to go out of my control, I declutter my closet, let go of old unusable clothes that I no longer use. In the process I feel relieved of mental & emotional baggage. The exercise makes me feel very light & my hubby smile due to the cleanliness. But the smile vanishes as soon as I announce, cupboard looks empty, lets shop for more clothes. Poor him! Well, that's how relationships are - sweet & sour moments that make life.

  3. wow.. let me make a bee line for my kitchen, Preeti.. and you are right.. you hit the nail on the head when you say " declutter" your relationships.. only when we let go, can we usher in the new...

  4. Anonymous7:06 AM

    The space exudes so much energy, Preeti. Definitely a wonderful trigger. :) I too believe that the easiest way to achieve clarity of purpose is to chisel away the unimportant. Thanks for a wonderful post.


  5. Thinking! and it has started triggering ;)

    Nice post. :)

  6. Yes. Preeti you are right. De-cluttering is a great stress-buster. The cupboards become organised, space is being created and above all its a feel-good factor. I have 'inherited' this trait from my mom and every month I de-clutter my kitchen cabinets and wardrobe. I keep the books in an orderly manner. And believe me this regular de-cluttering and cleaning leaves very little mess.

  7. Hi Preeti,

    I realise now why I like your blogs and your writings a lot....... just yesterday I was planning to declutter my kitchen (alas! mine remained in my thoughts only), and here I see the results........ Yes, I am marching to my kitchen right now!!

    And decluttering relations........ so important, especially when I see faces, carrying the burden (clutter) of a lifetime.... just let go.... be free..... and feel light!

  8. Hi Preeti,
    Lovely article... Thanks for sharing the link...
    And I so agree with your views... Declutter and destress..... I must now do the same with my cupboard cleaning which is pending since long.. Thanks for motivating the rest of us so much

  9. with ur cupboard being well organised it will take time to figure out where the things are but with a cluttered one u know 'its somewhere here'

  10. Decluttering relationships can be tough, the pain of seperation still remains. Nice post though :)

  11. Anonymous2:08 AM

    decluttering is a stress buster and a pain to get your act right. I may declutter the roo only to find it back to square one. It's so true

  12. Decluttering or rather declogging of mind is the biggest stress buster for me ... spaces around are so manageable but managing one's mind takes some efforts ... m sure those who meditate daily or at least frequently won't agree with me but for me keeping my unstable mind focus on one point is so difficult except only when reading books which i can't put down ... n this was recently when i read 'Life is what you make it'... sorry preeti just got introduced to ur blog so u'll find posts to old blogs also ... keep doing the good job

  13. Agree. Decluttering is so very important. While decluterring the kitchen cabinet, removing the cobwebs is as important as throwing away the unwanted stuff. But when we talk about relationships, shouldn't we first try to remove the cobwebs, remove the dust, put a fresh paint, and if nothing else works, only then think about "throwing away" the relationship. "Throwing away" should be the last, last option.


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