Time management tips help us manage everything else that spins out of control. It’s essential. Because what we don’t manage will end up managing us.
That’s certainly true of clutter that tumbles out of your closet, off your desk and into chaotic piles. Unnecessary objects take time to acquire. You busy yourself with sorting and re-sorting what you’ve collected. And then you need to clean, store and ultimately let go of all this clutter.
Would you like to simplify?
Well, it’s simple to simplify. And these 3 tips make it much easier to clear clutter, even if you’ve struggled unsuccessfully for years. Think how delicious it would be to have a more spacious life! The time and care you put into simplifying gives you more time, and more space to care for what you truly care about.
So, let’s start.
1. Get Grateful.
Clutter starts with pain. Recent studies pinpoint a portion of the brain that registers actual pain from two dissimilar sources:
- The physical trauma of cuts, burns and scrapes and
- The loss of possessions you value
To compound the challenge of downsizing, each time you handle an object, you intensify your attachment to it.
No wonder it’s so hard to let go!
So to prepare yourself to sort and toss, cultivate an aura of gratitude and pleasure to overpower the pain of forfeiting a possession. Because after all, what you are letting go of isn’t truly something you need, is it?
“The best stuff in life isn’t stuff at all.” Graham Hill
Each time you inwardly clench as you clean out, take a few moments to relax. Recall 3 things you feel grateful for. Allow that glow of abundance to suffuse your being. And with that sense of inner wealth, gently part with the object you no longer need. Thank it for its past role in your life. You’re moving forward now.
2. Appreciate All of You, Mistakes Included.
Feeling grateful for your actual self provides a foundation for sound decision-making. That means you forgive yourself for impulsive purchases of clothes you hardly wore, books you never read and magazines that pile up in the corner. Instead, conduct a quick survey of each object you struggle to part with. Ask yourself what led to getting and keeping this unnecessary acquisition:
You had your reasons. What can you learn from this? Let the lessons take the place of the clutter. And let your compassion add to your gratitude. Gratitude that you care enough about yourself to accept your humanity and to proceed unencumbered.
3. Enrich and Enlarge.
Appreciate each step as you clear your clutter. And recognize how you are enriching yourself this very moment, even as you part with possessions you’ve clung to for years!
Start clearing some small yet significant place. Protect it in the same way you protect the new self you are creating. Each day, gradually enlarge this oasis of calm. Thank yourself! Notice when you draw a deep, relaxing breath of satisfaction. This is your simplicity surfacing!
You’re accomplishing great things. At the same time you’re creating clearer space, you’re muscling up your decision-making capabilities. You’re developing clearer priorities, which in turn generates a stronger sense of self. So as you progress, you’ll feel an enhanced desire to engage in what truly matters.
Now, what is your next step to make the very most of your time?© Copyright 2013 Paula Eder, Ph.D.