The RadioDana Diaries

Diary Entry #4: "Bee Organized:" Why Clutter is Slowly Killing Our Soul....

February 09, 2020 Dana Wright KMBZ Season 1 Episode 4
The RadioDana Diaries
Diary Entry #4: "Bee Organized:" Why Clutter is Slowly Killing Our Soul....
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The RadioDana Diaries
Diary Entry #4: "Bee Organized:" Why Clutter is Slowly Killing Our Soul....
Feb 09, 2020 Season 1 Episode 4
Dana Wright KMBZ

I read a jaw-dropping article a few weeks ago in the New York Times. It was called, "The Unbearable Heaviness of Clutter." I love that word. Heaviness. Because that is what clutter has always felt like to me. The very SIGHT of crap in my house gives me anxiety. My brain is wired to NEED order on the main floor of my home (we'll talk about the basement storage room later...) Wadded up laundry on the floor makes me agitated. An overflowing trash can? Agitated. Kids' books and papers and jackets and shoes on the floor? Agitated. Everyone in the family KNOWS this about their crazy Momma. They have grown up surrounded by storage bins and custom cabinets because cabinets hide the CRAP that I can't stand to look at. I NEED ORDER. (Now, you may be wondering, is the crap INSIDE the closets and cabinets 'in order?' OH HELL NO, I'm not THAT crazy). When I was little, we had a dark, wet, dank basement filled with...clutter. I remember the car was filled with...clutter.  We're not talking "Hoarding" episode-level clutter, but enough clutter that it made me uneasy at a very early age. As an adult, then, I became a compulsive "thrower-OUTER."  If my children didn't make it by hand?  I toss it. If my grandmother didn't knit that baby blanket? I toss it.  If Kris has a shirt with a hole in it?  I toss it.  Then set it on fire.  Then toss it again.  I HATE CRAP. It feels GOOD to me to donate, to throw things out.  My mother? Oh, dear. She is a beautiful, loving complete opposite of her daughter. She is a supreme gatherer of STUFF. My mother has never met an amazon purchase, QVC line, or Blue-Light Special she didn't fall in love with AND order in triplicate. I cannot count the number of times that beautiful soul will send me something in the mail and say, "Now Dana, don't throw that out!" Once, she sent me a shirt from a Goodwill store in Topeka. I gathered 3 bags of donated stuff and RE-donated it. It ended up BACK in the Goodwill store in Topeka. You can't make it up... which brings me to Diary Entry Number Four. Did you know, according to researchers, clutter can actually cause stress and anxiety?  I'm NOT CRAZY!!!  THIS IS SCIENCE, PEOPLE!!!!  In this week's episode of The RadioDana Diaries, I am so excited to introduce you to the WONDERFUL world of professional organization. Did you know there are SEVEN types of clutter personalities? And there are only TWO rules of organization? Those are just a few of the gems you will hear in Diary Entry Number Four:  "Bee Organized:" Why Clutter is Slowly Killing Our Soul... ENJOY!  xoxo - Dana

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I read a jaw-dropping article a few weeks ago in the New York Times. It was called, "The Unbearable Heaviness of Clutter." I love that word. Heaviness. Because that is what clutter has always felt like to me. The very SIGHT of crap in my house gives me anxiety. My brain is wired to NEED order on the main floor of my home (we'll talk about the basement storage room later...) Wadded up laundry on the floor makes me agitated. An overflowing trash can? Agitated. Kids' books and papers and jackets and shoes on the floor? Agitated. Everyone in the family KNOWS this about their crazy Momma. They have grown up surrounded by storage bins and custom cabinets because cabinets hide the CRAP that I can't stand to look at. I NEED ORDER. (Now, you may be wondering, is the crap INSIDE the closets and cabinets 'in order?' OH HELL NO, I'm not THAT crazy). When I was little, we had a dark, wet, dank basement filled with...clutter. I remember the car was filled with...clutter.  We're not talking "Hoarding" episode-level clutter, but enough clutter that it made me uneasy at a very early age. As an adult, then, I became a compulsive "thrower-OUTER."  If my children didn't make it by hand?  I toss it. If my grandmother didn't knit that baby blanket? I toss it.  If Kris has a shirt with a hole in it?  I toss it.  Then set it on fire.  Then toss it again.  I HATE CRAP. It feels GOOD to me to donate, to throw things out.  My mother? Oh, dear. She is a beautiful, loving complete opposite of her daughter. She is a supreme gatherer of STUFF. My mother has never met an amazon purchase, QVC line, or Blue-Light Special she didn't fall in love with AND order in triplicate. I cannot count the number of times that beautiful soul will send me something in the mail and say, "Now Dana, don't throw that out!" Once, she sent me a shirt from a Goodwill store in Topeka. I gathered 3 bags of donated stuff and RE-donated it. It ended up BACK in the Goodwill store in Topeka. You can't make it up... which brings me to Diary Entry Number Four. Did you know, according to researchers, clutter can actually cause stress and anxiety?  I'm NOT CRAZY!!!  THIS IS SCIENCE, PEOPLE!!!!  In this week's episode of The RadioDana Diaries, I am so excited to introduce you to the WONDERFUL world of professional organization. Did you know there are SEVEN types of clutter personalities? And there are only TWO rules of organization? Those are just a few of the gems you will hear in Diary Entry Number Four:  "Bee Organized:" Why Clutter is Slowly Killing Our Soul... ENJOY!  xoxo - Dana