Introducing Throw Out Thursday

Throw Back Thursday is so overrated. What? You’re not sure what I’m talking about? Well, it’s a Facebook thing. Folks post pictures of themselves or events from back in the day. Sure, it’s sort of fun. I enjoy looking at the photos as much as the next gal.

But I decided I wanted to create something different. I thought a simple change in the preposition from “back” to “out” would do the trick. As a professional Junk Thrower Outter, it gives me great joy to see people ditch the shit that no longer serves them. So, Voila! Ladies and gentlemen, I give you:

 Throw Out Thursday!

Every Thursday, I’m going to deliver a single item for you to pitch, throw overboard, trash, relegate to the refuse heap, donate to a dumpster, well, you get the idea.

I’m not just talking about parting with the “skinny jeans” that have been lurking in the back of your closet for the past two decades. Or the lidless Tupperware collection that spills out from your kitchen cabinets.

If you’ve followed me at all, you know I teach there are three types of clutter: home, head, and heart. It is these three areas I will suggest you give the heave-ho to on Throw Out Thursday.

Oh, my friends. We all have SO.MUCH.DAMN.CLUTTER! And I am convinced the only effective way to clear this clutter is to throw it out, either physically or figuratively.

You know what the home clutter looks like: a closet stuffed with clothes you no longer wear or shoes that don’t fit well. The video tapes and VCR player collecting dust in a cabinet recess. A garage bursting with broken bicycles, a canoe that “just needs a little patch”, and the Y2K freeze dried food supply.

I will address head clutter pragmatically. Short of giving you an “off” switch like the character Data on Star Trek-Next Generation, I will address settling the thoughts, bouncing around in your head like ping-pong balls. We will not talk about time management per se because the problem isn’t management, it’s the fact you have too many demands on your time. And like the golden rule of organizing, don’t organize clutter, you don’t manage an over-scheduled schedule. You clear some space.

I will challenge you to throw out disorder in your home and throw out the socially accepted (and congratulated!) tendency to spin multiple plates simultaneously.

Decision fatigue. It’s real. And it’s a sign that your head is cluttered. Yup. I’ll talk about this and then offer some very practical tools to help mitigate this.

I will challenge you to ditch the soul sucking activities that clutter your calendar. Or the coffee dates you feel obligated to show up for or the excessive time spent on social media. And then there’s that old favorite pastime of humans everywhere: time spent reliving offenses from years ago.

Regret and worry need to get kicked to the curb too as they steal from us the joy of the present moment. This sort of clutter is an especially wily thief!

Heart clutter needs to be handled with great love and self-compassion, and I will address this accordingly. Heart clutter refers to unprocessed trauma that leave you stuck in patterns that no longer serve you. And while it would be nice if one could just dump that into a dumpster and be done with it, it’s not that simple.

Ditto for behaviors like people pleasing, second guessing, and chronic worry. (Or am I the only one who struggles with this?) So, I will offer suggestions on how you can implement simple strategies to unclutter your heart.

So, where is all this fun going to happen? Over on my Facebook page, Unclutter Your Life with the Zany Sage. The columns will continue here but if you’re looking for weekly suggestions with actionable suggestions, it is on my FB page.

If you’d like more content, sign up for my very occasional newsletter on my website, www.theresalode.com.

Meanwhile, I will see you here in a few more weeks. Thanks for being a reader. Drop a comment below if you’re interested in hearing about a particular area of uncluttering or organizing.

Theresa Winn Lode loves helping people clear the three types of clutter as a Certified Life Coach and Professional Junk Thrower Outer. She is presently accepting organizing clients in the Scottsdale/Tempe area. Coaching or virtual organizing is available via Zoom or carrier pigeon. (You must provide the pigeon.)

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