Clear the Clutter (2010 Goal)

One of my goals for 2010 is to remove a lot of the clutter around the house. I have always been a very organized person, but tend to “collect” more things than I need. Over Christmas vacation I began cleaning out boxes and shelves and began getting rid of a few things.

While cleaning out my e-mail, I came across this article from Valorie Burton on clearing the clutter.

Clutter is one of the greatest thieves of clarity, focus, energy and productivity – and it has a tendency to creep up on you. Have you ever noticed how much easier it is to get things done and think clearly when your environment is free of clutter? Enlist the help of your family, co-workers, or employees to clear clutter at work, home and in the car – the three areas where you spend the majority of your time. Most importantly, schedule some time in the next seven days – even if it is only 30 minutes – to clear your clutter! What specifically should you clear and why?

1. Stuff you don’t use anymore.
Are you holding on to things you don’t use? Look around your office, home and car. What could you give away (if it’s in good condition) or throw away (because it’s broken or in bad shape)? Many people hold on to things out of fear that they will need them in the future. It’s a fear of not having enough. Don’t allow that fear to cause you to clutter your environment. Be willing to let go of things when you no longer need them or use them.

2. Projects you are procrastinating on.
You may not think of it as clutter, but that old to-do list that keeps rolling over in your head everyday is clutter for your brain. Either drop the projects, complete them now, or give yourself a new and reasonable deadline.

3. Too much stuff in too little space.
If you are one of the many who crams everything into your space, it’s time to make room in your environment. From your desk at work to your bathroom counters, overcrowding your space can leave you feeling mentally overcrowded. Psychologically speaking, when you make space in your environment, you make room for more of what you want in your life.

4. Mess, junk, and stuff that is in disarray!
When things are completely out of order, it is more difficult to plan, strategize, think or take action effectively. Before ending your day, take five minutes to put things in order – at work, home and in your car – so that you can start fresh the next day.

5. Things you don’t like.
Is there anything in your car, home or office that you simply don’t like? Your environments should inspire you, not depress, frustrate or irritate you. Make sure your environments are filled with the sites, scents and sounds you love most.

Copyright (c) 2008 Valorie Burton. All rights reserved. www.valorieburton.com

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