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What Baggage Are You Carrying Around?

Lorie MarreroThis month at Connections for Women we are talking about freedom, and when I think of freedom I think of travel. Even just the ability to travel is a certain degree of freedom, and when you are roaming around the country or the world you feel liberated from your usual schedule, the majority of your normal responsibilities, and the maintenance of your possessions. I love how hotel rooms have only exactly what you need in them and nothing more. All you have to worry about is the baggage you are carrying with you.

When you hear the word baggage, what comes to mind? “Baggage carousels,” “checked baggage,” “baggage claim…” and even “emotional baggage” might be popping into your mind. What feelings does the word bring up for you? For many people it’s a feeling of encumbrance, of being burdened. Why is that? Because anything we carry with us has to be monitored, hauled, maintained, and stored.

In this great journey of life, we are all carrying some physical baggage and are storing it in our homes, apartments, and even external storage units. Do a mental scan of your physical baggage, your worldly possessions… upstairs, downstairs, in basements, in closets, in cabinets. As you picture it in your mind, does it feel like it’s serving you, or draining you?

What baggage do you want to carry around in life? Do you want to be that stereotypical frowning, fussy lady in the movies who has bustling porters with carts carrying all of her trunks full of clothing, or the free-spirited traveler with a simple suitcase or backpack and a smile?

This summer take some time to liberate yourself from some of that baggage. As the late George Carlin famously said,

“A house is just a pile of stuff with a cover on it. You can see that when you're taking off in an airplane. You look down, you see everybody's got a little pile of stuff. All the little piles of stuff. And when you leave your house, you gotta lock it up. Wouldn't want somebody to come by and take some of your stuff. They always take the good stuff. They never bother with that cr*p you're saving. All they want is the shiny stuff. That's what your house is, a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get...more stuff!”

We can help you liberate yourself from your stuff with expert advice to get you “unstuck,” at ClutterDiet.com. We are the affordable option for getting organized with the pros!

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Certified Professional Organizer® Lorie Marrero is the author of The Clutter Diet: The Skinny on Organizing Your Home and Taking Control of Your Life. She is also the creator of ClutterDiet.com, an innovative program allowing anyone to get expert help at an affordable price. Her organizing books and products are sold online and in stores nationwide. Lorie has been a spokesperson for Brother label makers and FedEx Office, and she is a sought-after expert for national media such as CNBC, Family Circle, WGN News and Woman's Day.

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