Finding time to deal with clutter is often a matter of learning to let go. It’s a challenge, and at the same time … it’s very doable. The key is to figure out what works for YOU!
That’s because, just as we are all unique, so is our relationship to whatever clutters up our lives. The nature of your clutter may also change over time, as you evolve and grow.
For some the main clutter issue may be paper or clothes or knick-knacks … while for others it might be unread e-mails … or worries. Needless to say, a solution that helped you cull your sweater drawer may not help when it comes to cutting down on your overflowing To Do List!
But whatever your clutter issue may be, once you name it and decide to do something about it, you are halfway home.
The next step is to give yourself a small, concrete goal that involves letting go of some aspect of your identified clutter. The key words here are small and concrete. Is there ONE THING you can let go of right now?
Give yourself an achievable goal – and then validate your success. Once you get moving, watch the changes and celebrate as your momentum builds.
And if you get stuck somewhere along the way, pause and reflect. What has you snagged? If you’re not ready to let it go, that’s okay … but work to make it a conscious choice, rather than something that just “happens.” If your task feels overwhelming, focus on each small step, not on the whole.
© Copyright 2010 Paula Eder, Ph.D.