Happy second day of June!
For the next 10 days, I will be sharing some simple ideas that you can put into practice into your life. They will take 10 minutes or less and will help get you more organized, and bring a little more simplicity to your life – if you keep an open mind and give them a try.
Let’s start now, shall we?
Day One: Consider: What kind of clutter do you have in your life?
Clutter comes in many forms, fashions, shapes, and sizes. Clutter isn’t just piles of paper or lots of junk (though it can be). Like any project, getting your life more organized will be easier if you take a little time to think things through and do a little bit of planning. Here is a list of things that might be cluttering your life (some things can be in multiple categories):
- Stuff – physical things piling up all around you. Can sometimes get to the point where it blocks your movement – and your progress.
- Paper – work related, kid related, bills, old projects, receipts, etc.
- Negative relationships – people you know you don’t want to spend time with, but do out of a sense of guilt/duty/responsibility/manners. People who waste your time. People who bring nothing but negativity to your life.
- Over scheduling – busyness can be a kind of clutter. Filling your schedule with activities, especially ones that you could easily remove from your schedule, can easily run you ragged. If you do a lot but feel like you haven’t accomplished much, you are probably dealing with this kind of clutter.
- Current clutter – things you are dealing with now that are invading your space – mail, library books, CDs, clothing, new purchases or other things that you haven’t put away yet.
- Old baggage – outdated, worn out, unused stuff. Could be a variety of things – old paperwork, broken toys, toys your kids have outgrown, clothes that no longer fit. Do you have trouble letting go? Are the things you are holding on to considered to be memories of the past that you aren’t ready to let go of yet?
- Mental clutter – I believe that often times mental clutter and physical clutter can be closely tied together. Regardless, mental clutter can take the form of lack of focus and clarity, “brain fog,” being sidetracked constantly, etc.
Take a little time today to think about the kind of clutter you are holding on to. Which area do you want to control? If there’s more than one, that’s fine, just think of what is most important for you right now. What will make you feel more at peace with your life? You can just think about this if you want. If you process things by writing them down, make a list or write in a journal. If it helps you to talk things through, call up someone you trust who is a good listener. They also might be able to provide some additional insights.