Clutter Busting Is More Than Cleaning Up Our Junk with Brooks Palmer

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We all have some clutter in our lives. Whether it’s in our drawers, closets, garages, or computers, we can all do with some letting go of possessions we no longer need. Some of us put off making decisions about our “stuff” by renting storage units--Out of sight-out of mind--Or is it really? Brooks Palmer tells us that paying for storage locker is like paying “junk alimony.” He describes clutter as “Anything in your life that is no longer serving you. So that could be a tangible thing, your relationship with a person, activities that you do. Anything that is in your life that is not serving you is clutter.” Can clutter be more than stuff? Is it also a state of consciousness? How does clutter affect relationships? What can we do when someone else’s clutter bothers us? We’ll be exploring the answers to these and many other questions with our guest today Brooks Palmer. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Brooks Palmer has been helping clients clear clutter from their lives for more than a decade. He also regularly performs stand-up comedy.

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How clutter can be more than physical “stuff”
  • How does clutter affect our relationships
  • What we can and can’t do when someone else’s clutter bothers us
  • How worry and fear can be clutter
  • Why we need to be gentle and kind when we are working with clearing our clutter
  • How storage units are like expensive trash cans
  • How can we deal with inherited stuff

Host: Justine Willis Toms       Interview Date: 6/14/2012       Program Number: 3441