Category: Office Organizing



Desk Monitor & BookcaseOver the years as I’ve worked with clients I’ve come to learn that one of the things that people struggle most with is keeping their work space organized and clutter free.  It’s right up there with procrastination.  It starts small and then it builds into something that you just can’t seem to get rid of.  It can get to the point of you having an entire space full of clutter.  It’s definitely a formidable opponent and it will not only keep you frustrated, it can keep you from making money.

What most people don’t realize is that as the disorganization and clutter build up in the physical space, so does the energy that comes along with it. Everything is energy and clutter is no exception. If your office or work space is cluttered, you probably have client files, notes from conversations, that book that you started to or want to read, things that need to be filed, and bits and pieces of your personal life lying around in that space. What you also have present in that space is the energy that all of those unfinished bits and pieces bring with them.

Think about that for a moment. The files and notes that you have hanging out bring a stagnant energy to your space since you haven’t done anything with them. So do the books that you haven’t finished reading, and the unfinished or derailed projects on your desk. Some of these things bring other kinds of energy to your work space depending upon how they got there or why they’re lying around. Some things might be there just because you haven’t taken the steps to putting them away. No matter the reason, they bring negative, heavy energy to your space. The exact same kinds of energy build up in a disorganized space. When things don’t have a home, can’t be found or are lost in the shuffle, a particular kind of energy comes to the space.

Your office is your profitability space. This is the space that you come to daily to make things happen. This is the space where you create your products or programs to serve those you are here to serve. This is the physical space that you operate from to live out your entrepreneurial dream. Doing so becomes difficult when your space tells you that you can’t. You work on that new program or event, putting the best of your efforts into it. Sometimes you struggle with it due to the energy in the space. When it’s finally done, somehow it’s not what you intended or not as successful as you thought it would be. If your office is disorganized or cluttered, the space dictates that you can’t use it as you’re attempting to use it. The energy in the space doesn’t allow for you to create your profitability from it.

If your bottom line isn’t looking quite like you want it to, look at your office space. Is it disorganized or cluttered? When you look around do you see a well-organized space that works for you and supports you? What kinds of things are piling up? If you see that your space isn’t allowing for your profitability it’s time to shift the energy in your space. Start by putting away the things that are out of place. If your space isn’t supporting you, start to think about how it can be changed to help you be more productive and hire a professional to help you if necessary. Shift the energy in your space so that it allows you to build your business from it. The energy within it dictates your level of profit and your growth.

 


This is the final post in this series.  To continue looking at your connections to clutter, let’s look at the spiritual connections that exist between you and your environment.  Everything is energy including the clutter in your space.  We know that like attracts like.  Clutter attracts more clutter.  The more clutter you have in a space, the heavier or more negative the energy, which impacts you.  This is the energy that will keep you from being productive in a number of ways.

That energy will blur your vision, keep you confused mentally and keep you from moving forward in life. Everyone has their own personal path; a reason why they are here on the planet, or life’s purpose and when there’s clutter we are detoured from that path because it becomes difficult to connect with our Higher Self or Higher Power.  When we hold on to things we stay connected to the past.  The things you hold onto hold the energy from past relationships or other situations, and you stay there in that space unable to connect on a spiritual level or to move forward on our path.

When you clear the clutter from your environment, you call back to yourself the parts of your spirit that have been attached to them and attached to the emotional needs and the memories associated with those things.  You bring yourself powerfully into present time.  Your energy, instead of being dispersed in multiple unproductive directions, becomes centered and focused.  You feel more spiritually complete and more at peace with yourself.

As you attempt to clear the clutter from your environment, take a look at the spiritual clutter in your life.  What things need to go so that you can clear the clutter?  If you really want to get rid of the clutter once and for all, start with you.


Previously, I talked about the physical and mental connections between you and your environment.  Here, I’m going to address the emotional connections.  Now, you may not think about this area of your life being cluttered, but how many times have you known people to walk around with unresolved emotions?  What happens at the end of a relationship?  Usually there are things that remain unfinished, unsaid, and plenty of emotion as well as the baggage to go along with it.

At times it’s not a relationship that’s ended that leaves us cluttered emotionally; it’s the existing relationships—the vampires, draining relationships, and the abusive ones as well.  They are all forms of emotional clutter.  If there is enough of it and if it remains for long enough, this emotional clutter will flow over into your environment.  If you’re dealing with a cluttered environment, take a look at your inner circle and see who’s present.  It may be possible that there are some people in your life that need to be removed.  If that’s the case, start thinking about the process of letting them go.  Remember that just like the clutter in your space, people can contribute to our emotional clutter and the longer they’re present, the more space they take up.  Be careful about who you allow to stay and occupy space in your life.  It’s important to keep your emotional space clear, so that your environment can stay clear of the clutter.


Continuing with this series, there are physical, emotional, mental and spiritual connections between you and your environment.  Here, I’m going to address the mental connections to your environment.  When we look beyond the physical clutter we can begin to see the connection.

Now let’s look at the mental perspective.  Clutter accumulates in physical spaces when mental clutter begins to accumulate.  The mental clutter is the result of stress, related emotions and minor or major shifts or changes in life.  When we’re cluttered mentally, we find it difficult to focus, we’re not clear, and can feel mentally weighed down and drained.  Our thought patterns represent what the physical environment looks like.  When you free yourself of the mental load; remove the blockage, you pave the way for clearing your space and become clear again mentally.  When your mind is clear, your environment is clear.  Likewise, when your environment is clear your mind is clear.

Before you get ready to roll your sleeves up and clear the clutter from your space, take a look at what lies beneath.  What’s going on with you mentally?  The mental clutter is what has the clutter present in your environment.  If you really want to get rid of the clutter once and for all, start with you.

 


Your surroundings and belongings say a lot about you.  They even tell stories about you.  We’ve all heard the saying,”You are what you eat.”  The same is true about your environment.  You are your environment.  Your environment speaks volumes about you; tells the truth about you.  Look around your office space and note what you see.  Is your desk a disaster, so full of paper and other things that you can’t see the surface or find anything?  Perhaps you have more things than you have space for. Your environment is directly connected to what’s going on with you physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.  It’s your reflection.  If your environment is cluttered, you have to look at what’s going on beneath the surface and address it to get rid of your clutter once and for all.

On the surface, spaces get cluttered because things aren’t assigned a home; because people shop without a list or without thinking before they buy; can’t decide whether or not to keep something; keeping things because they have a monetary or sentimental value attached to them.  In working with people, I have found that those dealing with clutter have had something happen that starts the process of things accumulating and when they get to the point of being serious about getting rid of it, they are ready to get to the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual things that are present and cluttering their lives.  When the internal connections are addressed in the process of getting rid of the clutter, it’s possible to get rid of the clutter and keep it away for good.

As I mentioned, there are physical, emotional, mental and spiritual connections between you and your environment.  Here, I’m going to address the physical connections.  When we look beyond the physical clutter we can begin to see the body and mind connection.  Let’s look at how clutter relates to the physical body.  Often when you have clutter you’re also dealing with health concerns or excess body weight, which has you feel the same way the clutter does—drained, no balance, heavy and wanting to get out of your body.  In a cluttered space there is no real life present, there is limited movement or it can be difficult to move about the space, there is no balance, and walking into the space can make you feel uncomfortable or wanting to leave the space.  For some, the clutter is a way of protecting themselves, just as excess body weight can be a form of protection.  Getting to the root cause of the physical body issues is key in being able to get rid of the clutter in your environment.  Weight loss or addressing health concerns opens the door and motivates you to get rid of clutter permanently and decluttering an environment clears the way to weight loss or resolving health issues.  Additionally, getting rid of the physical clutter can cause lifestyle changes.

In my next post, I’ll share the mental connections to clutter.

 

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