Mathis talks removing clutter from home, heart

Adrienne Mathis, minimalist and author of "DeClutter My Heart," spoke to the Greystone Ladies Club on March 11 about living a clutter-free lifestyle. (Reporter Photo/Emily Sparacino)

Adrienne Mathis, minimalist and author of “DeClutter My Heart,” spoke to the Greystone Ladies Club on March 11 about living a clutter-free lifestyle. (Reporter Photo/Emily Sparacino)

By EMILY SPARACINO / Staff Writer

HOOVER – Adrienne Mathis has 45 items in her closet and knows exactly what and where they are.

A minimalist and author of “DeClutter My Heart,” Mathis talked to the Greystone Ladies Club on March 11 about adopting a clutter-free lifestyle, starting with one’s closet.

“I no longer have to think about what I have in my closet,” Mathis said. “I don’t have ‘what-ifs’ in my closet.”

Mathis, who is also a flight attendant for Delta Airlines, said she started down the path of becoming a minimalist when she realized the clutter she had accumulated in her life was holding her back.

“For me it all started with a lot of clutter, depression and discontent,” Mathis said. “I spent 20 years of my life searching for happiness in all the wrong people, places and things. Now, I have more control over my life.”

Mathis said eliminating clutter requires a person to change his or her mindset.

“You have to get it out of your heart, mind and thoughts,” Mathis said. “Subconsciously, when you buy stuff, it’s yours and your mind is thinking about it. The things you own end up owning you.”

For more information about Mathis and “DeClutter My Heart,” visit adriennemathis.com.