How Clutter Control
Most people have significant misconceptions about how
clutter control affects them....literally in every area of their lives.
Most of us lead lives with too
, too many obligations, too
many activities, too much information, too many emails, text messages
and voice mails, and way too much stuff.
When we wake up in the morning, we
often feel like we’re already behind
because we are so overwhelmed.
Whether you have jam-packed drawers or attics, cluttered closets,
unwanted gifts you have been given by people you love, things you have
been saving ‘just in case’
or for when your kids grow up,
a basement of
unfinished projects, or expensive, beautiful things that you no longer
use, all of this stuff is no longer serving you.
You may break out in a cold sweat at the very thought of someone
dropping in to visit…or maybe it takes you a stressful two weeks just
to get ready for planned company.
And when you’re a small business owner or entrepreneur, you may also
have clients that you don’t really like working with, piles of papers
covering your desk
, overflowing or disorganized filing
lots of business building books, tools, and programs that you no longer
use – all this stuff is no longer serving you, either.
And that’s because when
something is no longer serving you
person you are today (and the person you want to be tomorrow), it is
actually holding you back from becoming that person. In that case,
every single time, it is clutter (and for most people, it’s about 75%
of what surrounds them.)
For specific reasons about the benefits of clearing clutter, check out why
In other words, the cost
Clutter Is Not Always Obvious
You may also think that clutter is obvious, like piles of junk in the
attic or stacks of untidy boxes in the garage or hundreds of newspapers
covering the floor of the living room.
And yes, I certainly consider that clutter.
But what I’ve often seen is that
the most impactful
clutter is invisible
. It may be organized
beautifully. It may be expensive and have sentimental value. It may
once have held a place of great honor in your home or your business or
in your heart. Yet
it is still clutter, even though it doesn’t have a big yellow sign on
it that says ‘I am clutter.’
It may be friendships that no longer support you, even though they are
nice, loving, caring people.
Clutter may be activities that you no longer enjoy, but you continue to
do because you have 'made a commitment.'
In many cases, the clutter is non-tangible, like being on a committee
that you used to love, but now completely drains your energy. Or a
hobby that doesn’t give you that zest for life that it once did.
means that when something is no longer serving
you and the person you
(and the person you want to be tomorrow), that clutter control is
actually holding you
back from becoming that person.
Even see how
clutter chases money away
. Or learn about clutter
And in that case, every single time, it is clutter. To have
clutter control, you need to learn to let go of each time.
Types of Clutter
things you have
things you do
people you spend time with
clutter that accumulates in your body
5. Mind Clutter:
things you think
(see an example of emotional
Clutter: your level of energy and connection
So for clutter control, understand the types of clutter and
how they are impacting you...you'll be much more motivated to clear it
For more information on how clutter affects you: