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Overwhelmed by Clutter? How Do You Eat an Elephant?

Don't Be Overwhelmed by Clutter

Down-sizing our possessions should take some effort on our part, but it should not feel like an oppressive struggle. Our debilitating self-talk attempts to sabotage our good faith attempts to minimalize by reminding us of the seemingly endless tasks which lie ahead. Whatever we do today, no matter how insignificant it may seem, is just fine.  At least we did something.

If all I can bring myself to do today is to discard one rusty old paperclip, then so be it. The way I see it, that’s one less item to worry about tomorrow.

What’s the best way to eat an elephant?  One bite at a time.

Onward and upward my minimalist friends!

Peace and love.

Vita Reid


About Vita Reid

"You cannot Change What You Will Not Confront." T.D. Jakes. I am a 1993 graduate of Smith College, having majored in Psychology with a minor in Mathematics. I lived in Lawrence House during my senior year. I am an ardent bridge player and soon-to-be expert. My motivation to declutter, minimalize and clean my apartment began 10 years ago when I visited my friend's minimalistic apartment in Manhattan. He owned nothing. My motivation to speed the process of down-sizing my possessions along is fueled by a desire to entertain a world-class bridge player at my home during the world games to be held at the Marriott Hotel on Market Street in Philadelphia in October 2010. Being that I will be working almost exclusively from home when my voice over career flourishes, I would like to make my apartment pleasing to my own eye. Since clutter can also be an impediment to creativity, I find it essential to rid myself of it so that I can develop more creativity in many areas of my life, including at the bridge table, my blog posts and developing creative marketing strategies for my voice over business. This blog represents a diary of my genuine feelings moment by moment as I make the transformation from 12 years of disorganized clutter to owning only the bare essentials of life. May you find a few nuggets in the writings to inspire you in your life's journey. Keeping it easy and breezy in the land of less, Vita Reid The One Minute Minimalist


4 thoughts on “Overwhelmed by Clutter? How Do You Eat an Elephant?

  1. Hey Vita….

    “If all I can bring myself to do today is to discard one rusty old paperclip, then so be it. The way I see it, that’s one less item to worry about tomorrow.”


    When focusing on minimalism, this is what you need to realize. Baby steps.

    Great job!!!

    David Damron

    Posted by ddamron44 | January 14, 2010, 11:51 PM
  2. Hi Vita! I just read your blog. I’ll be checking back with you often. You are so right. Doing just one little thing can be the start of something big!
    Take care, Beth

    Posted by afiveyearplan | January 15, 2010, 7:32 PM
    • HI Beth. Thanks so much for reading my blog. I’m going to start goal setting. For some reason, I have a difficult time doing it. I am really impressed that you have implemented a five-year plan. I think I’ll begin with a one-day plan. How’s that?

      Have a great night.

      Posted by vitalynne | January 15, 2010, 7:37 PM

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