Have a Spring Fling As You Exit Your Cocoon.

Patty Kreamer

I keep looking at my calendar knowing full well that it is Spring, but it seems Mother Nature has other ideas. Regardless, it's time for a Spring Fling.

Now don't think I just gave you permission to go out and have an affair! The type of Spring Fling I am talking about involves taking the excess stuff in your life and flinging it. That's right ? flinging it!

Winter tends to keep us captive in our homes, cars and offices. We go from one to the other to the other without any interaction with the outdoors. As Spring and Summer approach, it's time to exit that comfortable cocoon. But going outdoors and enjoying nature is only a part of this exit strategy. You still have to live in your home, drive in your car and work in your office so it's time to clear the clutter that you have built up over the past several months.

Before we go one step further, let's get this out in the open:


Decision making can be difficult on a good day. The main reasons that most people collect a lot of stuff and can't let go of it is that they make decisions from an emotional standpoint vs. a logical standpoint. In other words, there is an emotional connection between the stuff and the person.

Here are some examples of Logical vs. Emotional thinking:

EMOTIONAL: “Who cares about the lost space? I could never throw away my college papers”

LOGICAL: “Those college papers are from 18 years ago. Sure, I was brilliant when I wrote them. (Man, I was good!) But even though I put a lot of effort into them, I don't remember writing them and they really are outdated. I haven't looked at them since graduation, so they can't be that important to me. In fact, I didn't even know they were here until we decided to move. How important can they be?”

EMOTIONAL: “If I donate my ‘smaller' clothes, I may not have enough incentive to get back into them”

LOGICAL: “If I get rid of my 'smaller' clothes and lose the weight that I want to lose, that will give me the opportunity to get a whole NEW wardrobe as a reward and get rid of my ‘larger' clothes!”

EMOTIONAL: “I am so sentimental that I couldn't bear to part with my grandmother's broken rocking chair”

LOGICAL: “I remember Grandma sitting in that rocking chair. It brings back great memories, but I don't need the chair cluttering up my home to remember her. The chair is not the memory; the memory is the memory. Perhaps a photo of the chair would be nice to look at from time to time to jog my memory, but I don't need the chair itself. This is the same concept as looking at pictures from past vacations and remembering the fun”

Can you see the difference in the thought process? If you find that you are an emotional decision maker, it may be time to make some changes. Adding logic is not always a natural feeling, but being overwhelmed by stuff is no way to live. You have to be careful not to attach your love to things.


As you emerge from the cocoon we call winter, take a look at your space and stuff and decide what you can let go of as you have your Spring Fling! Donate the items you no longer need or use, pitch anything that is no longer useful, and recycle anything that you feel can make it through another round. Whatever you do, just make the decision to let go of anything that you no longer love or find useful. Someone else will be grateful and you will shed the layers of your cocoon and feel free as a butterfly!

Patty Kreamer, President of Kreamer Connect, Inc., is a Certified Professional Organizer®, speaker, and author of “I Might Need It Someday”, “The Power of Simplicity”, and “The Clutter Rescue Course™” all available at www.ByeByeClutter.com.

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