Post by sunshineshouse on May 22, 2012 10:17:48 GMT -5
Aside from the almost ever-present bruises from knocking into something, I have also fallen through the floor of my attic (hung on by a leg to a rafter) and stepped on a nail in a board under leaves in my cluttered side yard. Of course in both instances I was working on CLEARING the clutter.
I've only gotten various cuts and bruises over the years; but I tend to be a bit clumsy, and I'm sure that I would've gotten many of them without the clutter! The injuries I've had over the years (ex: twisted ankle from stepping off the sidewalk while walking the dog, banged-up shin from falling on a steep hill while outside, etc.) have mostly happened outside of my house. I do have 3 long, thin scars on my arm, though, from scraping it on an air conditioner (which was not in a window at the time, but in my kitchen on the floor). Luckily they're on the outside of my arm, or they'd look like I had cut myself on purpose, because of their shape. I was surprised that they scarred because they weren't bad cuts. The 3 cuts didn't happen all at once -- it took me that long and those many injuries to figure out that I better find a better place for the air conditioner!
Mostly though, I think the clutter in my house has been protective! Because of it, I walk more slowly and carefully. I have some clutter on the stairs which I know people say is dangerous, but the only time it's been an issue has been when it's been cleaned -- then the kids, instead of walking down the stairs holding the railing as usual, tend to walk down faster, and often slip with their sock feet on the carpet! Because of the kids, I do keep it as safe as I can, with paths. But those shopping bag handles -- I've gotten my feet caught in those, too!
"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing; the next best thing is the wrong thing; and the worst thing you can do is nothing". -- Theodore Roosevelt
"The cost of a thing is the amount of what I call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run." -- Henry David Thoreau