Monday, August 19, 2013

Color Me Cluttered!

What's all this clutter, you ask?  Why, it kinda looks like KardKorner headquarters!!!  But, really, I need all this stuff!  Believe it or not, I know what's what here...truly I do!!!  

Do you ever find yourself in the same boat?  No, no...we're not off to Snake Island again-I mean in a state of clutter!  Well, confessions will set us free (for those of us who will actually admit it)!

I was nosing around on the internet the other day, looking for other signs of clutter, and visited a site called, where I gained a bit of insight on the subject.

Below are listed the 4 main categories of clutter as written by 
Karen Kingston, author of  'Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui'.

1.  things you do not use or love
2.  things that are untidy or disorganized
3.  too many things in too small a place
4.  anything unfinished

A show of hands...guilty as charged above?  Me too!

Further digging on the subject brought me to a definition of 'clutter' as wikipedia sees it.  One view is, 'A confusing or disorderly state or collection.'  Someone else said, 'Clutter can be a result of a mental road block, designed to keep you from having an organized life.'

But, Albert Einstein, the father of modern physics, thinks that clutter is okay.  He said,
"If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, then what are we to think of an empty desk?"

Albert Einstein's desk at Princeton

Cool, huh?

Is there an upside to untidiness?

Recently, at the University of Minnesota, a study was done, regarding clutter.  Much to the surprise of the researchers, it was found that a little clutter MIGHT bring out the freshest and most creative side of you.
Well, that's refreshing to know, isn't it?

Another finding was:  "A less than perfect work environment can make a person more likely to think 'out of the box', or at least above the horizon of those neat people in the office."

And another:  "Orderly environments would encourage adherence to social convention and overall conservatism, whereas disorderly environments would encourage people to seek novelty and unconventional routes."

So, after the research team, headed up by psychologist Kathleen Vohs, lead author, challenged themselves, it was deduced that, in actuality, 'the environment doesn't create something that isn't already there.  However, to the extent that you are creative, it pulls it out of you."

But, it is a fact that Einstein was right, too!  We know he was no neat freak!
But he did make PI...didn't he?

"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking
that we used when we created them."
~Albert Einstein

~NO...Don't tell me!!!  This isn't KardKorner Headquarters is it?  If I de-clutter, will I lose something in the process?  Probably!  Actually, I'll probably throw away old notes, and things that I'll never use again.
  And, then, I'll be sorry!

OH, What the heck...tell me to GO FOR IT!!!

Thanks so much for coming by...I am delighted to see you!  Don't forget to sign in!  LOL!
I'm looking forward to the hot summer winding has been a bit cooler in the Lone Star State...only in the upper 90's instead of low 100's.   School will be starting within a week or two-I'll have to slow down and watch for the school buses, maybe even leave home a few minutes earlier to BEAT the bus to its stop!  We had a fund raiser in my office and donated cash for back packs and bought school supplies for needy children.  What a good feeling that was.  Everyone was so generous, and, I'm sure those students will be excited to see their new school stuff!

And, really-I just threw all of that stuff on my desk just for this post....really???

I'm leaving you with safe, love and laugh! ♥


  1. Am showing this post tithe husband ... A minimalis. I think better when it is cluttered.

    1. Hi Nancy, I gets my adrenalin up, sorting thru the clutter to look for something you just KNOW you kept for future reference! Thanks so much for coming by...take care!♥

  2. Howdy, Suzanne! Mrs. Shady and I are the Odd Couple. I'm a borderline neat freak and she's the queen of clutter. I swear if she sees a square inch of horizontal space somewhere in the house she'll find a way to cover it with something that doesn't belong. It drives me batty (ratty?).

    I can't think at all if my desk has any clutter on it. I'm not exactly Mr. Monk but I'm pretty close. I actually feel better when I throw things away. It's like pruning an overgrown bush or hedge to restore its original form and beauty and promote fresh growth.

    Golly, if your temperature hits the upper 90s then you have it worse than I do. I can't wait for summer to end but it'll take at least two more months before we will start to get any real relief from the heat and humidity. There have been many warm and muggy Halloweens over my way.

    All of the schools are back in session here in Central Florida. Please drive carefully in the morning because you never know when a kid is going to dart out in the street. It feels good to help the needy and I know your donations to underprivileged school children did the community a lot of good.

    Good night to you, dear friend Suzanne, and enjoy the rest of your week!

    1. Well, I managed to scrub the stamp off of my hand tonite! And, you're correct Shady, the 90's temps are smoldering and stuffy! But, we've only had about one and a half weeks of 100° so far, phew! And, the last two Halloweens have also been warm and muggy on this side of the map too!

      I do have some Monk qualities, also, as I have to touch everything I pass along the way, but I try to be nonchalant about it. Yes, a little clutter gives me some stability, and I look for those small areas where something will fit just right! haha! If I come across something I don't immediately need, it goes to the bottom of the pile, and waits its turn to come back up to the top!

      I promise I do heed school warnings. I only have to pass thru one school zone, and after a few years, I am now on waving terms with the bus driver! It seems that the summer has flown by fast this year! Thank you so much for stopping by Shady. Take care, will see you soon!

  3. Hi there Suzanne. You ARE silly! That was so good to collect for the needy children. They certainly need it. We are so blessed with our grandchildren. I'm afraid that I can't stand clutter!! I'm with Shadykins on this one. Hubby on the other hand will leave paperwork all over the place if he could get away with it! Take good care of yourself over there my friend.

    1. Hello Thisisme. My office does a lot of fundraising for the benefit of others. We also hold an event for the animal shelters too, collecting supplies and food for them! It really makes me feel good. Yes, our grandchildren are the best! And, I'm so glad they have us to share their personalities with. I don't know if Shawn thinks we're quirky or not, but he sure seems to get a lot of laughs when he's with us!

      Well, I get my clutter picked up...everything nice and neat-then, a little later I really get involved in a project, and, here it comes again! It just creeps up on me, drats! But what a fun subject to write a little bit about.

      Thank you for coming by, you're looking so chipper these days, it's nice, and I know you're loving your beautiful weather! Have a good evening/day-I'll see you soon! ♥


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