While we may excuse our clutter as a lack of storage or being too busy, its threat to our life’s priorities is greater than most of us realize. We try to dismiss it as no big deal - a mere inconvenience - when, in fact, it is robbing us of the valuable time and energy we should be leveraging toward more productive purposes.


Are you one of the millions of Americans who made a New Year’s resolution to lose some weight?


It wouldn’t be a surprise to me if you were. Studies show the single most popular New Year’s resolution is the quest to lose weight. It is followed, of course, by other popular resolutions like: to start exercising, to get organized, to quit smoking, to pay off a credit card, or to tackle the next big adventure on one’s Bucket List. Dumping that freeloading boyfriend and finding another job have to be somewhere in the mix too.


Two years ago, my wife and I went to one of our favorite restaurants to celebrate Valentine’s Day. You know, one of those upscale places with white linen tablecloths, lots of forks, sparkling stemware and penguins as waiters. In anticipation of a larger crowd than usual, the restaurant had set up quite a few extra two-tops uncomfortably close to each other. It was one of those situations where you find yourself so close to the other tables that you can’t help but make eye contact with the folks seated next to you. This leaves you to wonder all kinds of questions about proper etiquette. Do you greet them? Give them a head nod? Ignore them in some code of silence out of respect for their privacy? It ranks right up there with all the social awkwardness of an elevator.