Clutter is something that we all have to deal with from time to time. Whether it’s in your space, on your To-Do List, or in your mind and heart, clearing out that clutter is one of the surest ways I know of to decrease stress and increase your efficiency and effectiveness.
Clutter comes in many forms. There’s the physical, concrete clutter that can make our spaces feel chaotic and out of control. There’s the task-related clutter that can make us feel overwhelmed and unable to start. And then there’s the clutter that can take over our minds and hearts, when we have too much to remember, or maybe unprocessed feelings that haunt and distract us.
All of these things drain energy, deplete creativity, and make it very difficult to focus and get things done.
So, would you like to change that for yourself?
Clutter and Weeds
Imagine your space (or To-Do List or heart) as a garden. Are your flowers or vegetables thriving? If not, take a look at the soil around them. Do they have room to grow or are they being choked by weeds?
You’ll quickly realize that weeding helps. And just like your garden plot, your time and your space are finite. If tasks or objects or feelings that don’t really serve you are taking up space, there is always going to be less room for the things you value and want to see grow.
Clutter and Weeding
But how do you make room? Especially if your clutter is really taking over!
I know that it can be a daunting challenge, but go back to the garden image. You probably don’t have time to dive in and weed your whole garden at once. But you can definitely do what most of us would, and divide it into sections so you can clear out a piece at a time.
When you take on your clutter that way, I promise you’ll see visible results and feel the rewards right from the start. The key is to begin with a manageable piece – say a countertop or small bookshelf.
If it’s your To-Do List that is overwhelming you, try letting go of one or two unnecessary tasks.
Once you’ve de-cluttered one thing, that gives you a feeling of satisfaction which can help fuel your next de-cluttering effort.
Chipping away at the clutter creates more time and space for what you truly value and for YOU! I think you will be amazed to see what emerges – because clutter doesn’t only clog your space and your time … it also clogs your creativity, your energy, and your confidence.
As you let go of your clutter, whether it’s in your bedroom or on your To Do List, you will find that your energy is freed up in all sorts of new and exciting ways!
© Copyright 2013 Paula Eder, Ph.D.