Around the House

Chain Reaction

How Making One Change Can Bring On More Changes

It never fails. You look around your home and find clutter in places you never really paid any attention to. That clutter can be exhausting, too. The magic happens when that clutter disappears. Or, realistically, when you take a few minutes to remove it.

I recently decided to upgrade a piece of equipment in my office. The electrical plug is tucked away behind a file cabinet that is itself tucked behind a worktable.

When the new equipment arrived, I knew I had a job on my hands because I had to clear out the corner to remove the old equipment and install the new one.


On top of the requirement to move some furniture about, there was the issue of the piles of Things I Need To Do Something With.

I tend to keep a reasonably tidy workspace, but I do have a habit of piles. The problem of piles is that they can become clutter. Visual clutter. And the problem with visual clutter is that it takes up space in the room – and I don’t mean just the spots on the counters, etc. but in the room itself.

To be honest, the full job took less than 30 minutes – and that included moving things around, replacing the old with the new, and putting things back where they belonged. I also gathered the piles together, discarded what could be discarded and realized that what was left was a very small collection of things that won’t take long to deal with.

The magic happened when I looked into the corner and found room. Space. Area.

I found myself feeling a bit creative again. I found that there was room to be creative again.


If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the clutter in your home, I suggest you pick a corner, a small corner or spot or whatever, a tackle that. Set a timer for 15 minutes and see what you can accomplish in that time. Once the timer has gone off, stop, if you like, and do something else. Or, if you are inclined, set the timer for another 15 minutes and see what you can accomplish in that time.

Let the magic happen!

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