Here’s a very insightful email I received recently from an Australian woman called Nadia, who has kindly given me permission to publish it. She says:
“As part of my work I repossess properties for financial institutions when the owners can no longer manage the mortgages. It’s not a pleasant job but I do it with as much care and respect for people as I can.
A few weeks ago I had to repossess a huge house. Never in all my years have a walked into a property where every room was partly renovated with bare wall boarding and plaster….and crap from ceiling to floor! There were 6 bedrooms, 4 lounges, 3 bathrooms – all full of boxes of old clothes, papers and everything. Then there was the back yard, a triple garage with two carports and piles of pipes, timber, rubbish, old rusted everything. It was oppressive and deeply sad. The man’s girlfriend of 3 years said she didn’t even know there were 3 more bedrooms upstairs because she could never get past the piles of junk!
It struck me then that I have never repossessed a home which has been clutter free, tidy, in order, dusted or appeared happy to be lived in. The clutter in the house mirrors the clutter in every part of their lives, they are overwhelmed with debt and totally incapable of mentally climbing past it. How could they get any better when they come home and live amongst floor to ceiling clutter?
There are of course people who have well kept, clutter free homes who suffer property repossession. They just seem to deal with things differently. They have usually contacted the bank to make payment arrangements, or listed the property for sale at the earliest chance, or re-financed. If it does come to eviction, the property will be cleared and vacant before the day of recovery.”
It comes as no surprise to me to hear that forced repossessions all have some degree of clutter, although this is the first time someone in that profession has written to tell me their experience of it. As I explain in my book, clutter begins as a symptom of what is happening with you in your life and then becomes part of the problem itself because the more of it you have, the more stagnant energy it attracts to itself. No matter how tough life gets, you’ll have a better chance of weathering the storms if you can nip clutter in the bud before it accumulates to an out of control level.
Copyright © Karen Kingston, 2011