Is Clutter Your Enemy?

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Clutter comes in two main forms: Mental and physical (the stuff around you). Both hold old energy and can keep you from being clear about your goals and the steps you need to accomplish them.

Getting rid of clutter in either form can be challenging, and you might not even realize you have mental clutter. Pay attention to your thoughts: Are you focusing on what you want to achieve? Positive thoughts about your past? Uplifting projections about your future?

Or are you replaying the argument you had (or want to have) with your spouse or your boss? Are you worrying about whether you’re going to get fired? Your thoughts create your future: What are you creating?

Pay attention to what your thinking, and come up with a phrase or a silly word that will help derail your mental clutter.  (It’s easier to think of something new rather than just stop thinking about the undesired thought). “Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better” (the Coué method after Émile Coué) is a good one to try (it’s tous les jours à tous points de vue je vais de mieux en mieux in French, by the way).  For a single word, Rumpelstiltskin is pretty silly, as is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

As for physical clutter, if you’re continually rooting through papers to find something, or if all of your horizontal surfaces are covered, you probably have a clutter problem. Have a closet full of clothing you haven’t worn in three years? Clutter. A refrigerator filled with expired groceries? Clutter (and bacteria!).

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Start with the room where you spend the most time and sort everything you aren’t going to need within the next week into boxes. Label the boxes so you know you can find things, then store the boxes (garage, attic, mini storage). No, this doesn’t completely get rid of the stuff you’re not using, but it’s easier on your psyche than just tossing everything out. If you haven’t used whatever is in each box within a year, strongly consider tossing it out.

In this way, you can have space that is clear and fresh, and you can concentrate better on what’s important to you.

Do you have mental clutter? Physical clutter? What are you going to do to clear that away?


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