Less clutter = easier to organize
Easier to organize = fewer things lost/ruined
Fewer things lost/ruined – fewer things bought
Fewer things bought = less money spent
Less money spent = more money in pocket
More money in pocket = options
Options = Freedom
Freedom = Being happy
There, a logical argument that less clutter leads to being happy. There might be some fallacies in my logical process (I’m not Spock, after all – I SO WANT TO SEE THE NEXT STAR TREK MOVIE!!!!!!), but personal experience is proving this every day in my life. The fewer things that I have to manage, clean, look for, or replace, the more time I have to do things that are more important to me, which makes me happy.
However, this last week has shown me how beneficial a clutter free (almost, but not quite, minimalist) life can be. I hurt my back suddenly on Wednesday morning. It was so bad that, when I couldn’t get in touch with the chiropractor, I decided to sit outside his office until he could squeeze me in (he fit me in quickly). He asked me what my pain level was. I do horribly with this scale – I’m just not used to it. In my mind, I assume it works like this:
10 = Crying hysterically
9 = Crying
8 = Wish I could be shot and put out of my misery
7 = Unbearable
6 = Bearable
5 and under = Suck it up, no need to go to the doctor.
So I told the doctor an 8. But he was rather disappointed when, after working on me, I said my pain was still at an 8. He said my pain level should have gone done. He didn’t realize how broad a category 8 is in my mind. Everything in my life is an 8 on a scale of 1-10. (The last repairman that came to our house said that I would get a follow-up survey regarding his visit, with a scale of 1 to 9, and if he got anything less than a 9, it was considered a fail. I really liked him, so I gave him a 9, but I wanted to give the survey company a 0 because I HATE surveys, and I certainly hate rigid surveys that lock me into an answer…I digress)
That pain stayed at a level 7-8 for 3 days. To be honest, it still hurts. But, if I stay completely still on the couch and don’t get up except for bathroom breaks, I make faster improvement. This means that I have to rely on my 2 children and husband for everything…Dear, could you: get my ice pack, refill my water bottle, get me an Aleve, make supper, bring me a pillow, help me off the couch, hand me the remote, bring me the phone – really the requests have been endless, and my family has been so helpful and sweet during this.
Back to the clutter thing – when your husband is looking for a spatula so he can grill supper, and you can’t turn around to look at the kitchen, it’s VERY HELPFUL to be able to say over your shoulder 2nd drawer next to the stove. When he’s looking for jello for dessert, I can say Pantry, third shelf, right hand side in the back. Unfortunately, this only works if both husband and wife count the shelves from the same direction (the correct way is to count from the top, ahem). I’ve had to rely on my family to do all my housework in addition to their chores and job. I am pretty independent, and much prefer to take care of things myself, but I am so thankful to have children who are old enough to cook and clean, and pull me up off the couch! And having a clutter free, easy to manage size house (900 square feet) makes it easier for my children to step in too (which eases the guilt of asking others to do EVERYTHING for me while I sit on the couch doing NOTHING!)
So I think I can add to the list that less clutter = faster healing from back pain. It’s only logical.