Another Perspective on Clutter

I was driving down Montvale Road in Woburn this morning, and I realized something: the pavement was clear and empty. Oh, there was a single sneaker sitting by the curb (how does that happen?), but otherwise, not a thing. I don’t see a lot of big empty spaces in my line of work, so I got to thinking about this one. In a “first world country,” we pay people through our taxes to remove roadkill, litter, and snow from our roads. This way, we can safely get from points A to B, with a minimum of thought or effort. Now imagine if the roads on, say, your morning commute, were as obscured by junk as your house has clutter.* Your car might not be able to get through at all. My car could (hooray for four-wheel drive!), but it would be hazardous and require extra effort. Generally, people would be swerving, trying to avoid crashing into each other, skidding, possibly puncturing our tires, and traffic would be horrible. If this were the case on a national scale, how could we function? This is a way to think about the ways in which your clutter is preventing you from getting where you’re going. This may be on a strictly physical level (can’t eat at the kitchen table because it’s full of stuff) or a more metaphysical one (how are you blocking your own path?).

Okay, I’m off to continue the seemingly endless Photo Organizing Project with a client in Reading.
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*If your house has very little clutter, you can stop reading now, but send the link to someone who needs it!

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