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Spring cleaning

Do you feel that your life is just a little too cluttered?
I find clutter comes in a wide variety of forms and can slowly accumulate over time and often times show up when I least expect it.
And I have a theory, which is probably not too original.

I think people do not even realize this is part of the reason that they feel as though they don’t have “enough hours in the day” is due to disorder and disorganization. If you are feeling stress, your clutter definitely is not helping.

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You don’t have to look much further than your email inbox to see an example of what I’m talking about. When I have 50 or less emails in my Inbox, I feel so much better than when I have hundreds. Heck, I know some one who has at least 5,000 in their Inbox (and most of those are unread. That sounds awful.

While clutter doesn’t sound much by itself, it might not seem like a big deal, but it steals our most precious and valuable commodity, our time. It’s a manifestation of chaos, and we have no choice but to roll up our sleeves and tackle this issue.

Stop the Mental Clutter

Wake up, stop what you are doing for just a second. Take a close look at not just your tangible items, but what you are thinking about and what’s going on in your head. In my opinion, the worst kind of clutter is the kind that happens in our minds.

Think about all of the outdated ideas and memories that are sitting up in your brain, because those are hurting your productivity and happiness. Once you can clean the corners and sweep those up, it will be one of my smartest moves that we make.

Do you have self-defeating thoughts?

It is important that you identify them so that you can start moving towards letting them go. And if you don’t, then you only have yourself to blame.

Eliminating Physical Disorganization

Finding physical elements may be harder than it might initially seem — as that clutter does sneaking up on us.

If this describes your situation, you can be very sure that it is causing you a good deal of lost productivity. But where do you begin?

First and foremost I suggest that you buy into the idea of how you pack before going on a hike (or the airport, for those who do not hike much). Pack light and unloading the excess baggage of your life.

The next step is going room-by-room and taking note of objects that serve no purpose, are no longer used or are in your way. I’m not just talking about if you can see the floor in your room, but so much more. Is your garage too full to park your car(s)? Can you move around in your attic?

You’d be surprised how much distracting junk you have lying around. When you are trying to focus and achieve your goals in life, this “stuff” can truly interfere.

After all, even if you are successful, tackling the largest decluttering job first will leave you feeling quite exhausted and may prevent you from moving forward.

Track Results

If the steps that you’ve taken have indeed removed mental and physical clutter, you should be able to achieve more in a given day. More importantly, you should also notice that your stress levels are dropping.

If your mission has not reduced your stress levels, then perhaps you had very little mental and physical clutter to begin with and congratulations are in order. Another option is that you still have work do it on your decluttering.

Don’t forget though, this is not a one time weekend project. Staying on top of clutter is a permanent “side job.” The bottom line is that periodically you’ll need to invest the time to make sure that clutter isn’t sneaking its way back into your life.

Once you’ve removed excessive clutter from your life, you will not just have more time, but you will also have a sense of accomplishment and experience a boost to your self-esteem.

If you want to make a great, zero-cost investment, declutter your life today.


1 comment
  • jzs2013fog
    jzs2013fog | October 15, 2014

    Just going through the “Make It So” part of this, but first it required “Make It What???”. Done. It took someone else’s perspective to give me some “okay, maybe I don’t need these 241 printed articles anymore.”
    Once my mindset changed, it changed with a vengeance. Like Brian Tracy said, “If you want something different in your life, you’ve got to become someone different.”
    My decluttering so far: 3/4 of my clothes, 50% of my books (buying digital, and only keeping what’s hi-val), all the mags, 1/3 of kitchen & cooking stuff.
    Why? Getting ready to do a lot of traveling, and see I can be as or more effective as an inventor and entrepreneur from anywhere there’s a decent Internet connection, if my personal infrastructure is streamlined.

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