The Story of Clutter

Star Tribune, 11-07-09

by Kim Ode

It starts with one box.

Because that box is handy, you stack another one on top of it. Some letters spill to the floor, hidden by a shopping bag set down, just for the moment, because you had other things on your mind.

That bag ends up behind other bags. Every day there's mail.

Fabric and patterns for a swing project overwhelm the dining room table. You know this isn't right, but where to start?

Next weekend's chores turn into next months's, and then a year has passed. Floors and tabletops disappear beneath every good intention. What was once a cluttered nest has hatched into an overwhelmint albatross. Yet you need these things, all of them - for your hobbies, for the dog, for the future.

That box is in here someplace.

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