Hi. I want to share an article written by Maureen Anderson about how her teenage daughter, Katie, discovered Clutter Busting. It’s an inspiring article about how de-cluttering can change your life:
Ever witnessed a character transformation?
If you need a gift idea for the person who has everything — and I mean “everything” more literally than figuratively, here — I have a suggestion for you. Introduce her to Brooks Palmer.
Darrell and I had fun helping Katie move into her first apartment last summer, and we have Brooks to thank for how smooth that transition was. The place is beautiful, but it’s small. It’s very small. Her residence hall life at NYU was expansive compared with this apartment, and she needed to pare down for life to work.
But how? Katie “loved” her clutter. She found it soothing. It’s one way, maybe the biggest way, we were different. But Kate also has an open mind, and I asked if she was open to what Brooks had to say. She was. After reading one of his books she couldn’t wait to give me this report…
I feel enlightened. I don’t know if I’ve ever been able to relate to you as much as I do right now. Seriously. I’m sitting around daydreaming about things I can get rid of. Can you believe this? This man is a genius. I am excited to clutter bust. All I can think about is how happy I’ll be. I have a new lease on life and I haven’t even started.
And so it began. The next report was even better…
I started yesterday and I went on another binge just now and I’m almost worried about the euphoria I feel. This isn’t even remotely close to bad. The best part is, the more caught up I get, the easier it is to make cuts. I’m glad I’m not one of those people who worries about turning into her mom, because if I did I’d be screwed. But I am not and I am becoming free.
The most difficult part of being a parent is watching a child suffer. I was sure the move would be painful for Katie because she’d have to pare down. But thanks to Brooks it was not only not painful, it was exhilarating.
Katie travels so much lighter these days. She’s smarter with money because she realizes how quickly most things become clutter. And her rapid-fire and oh-so-sweet transformation reminded me the best present you can give anyone is, as they say at NYU, an education in possible.