Tag Archive: Clutter



WomanandFlyingPaperThis is a repost from earlier this year, but given the conversations that I’ve been having lately with people, I think it’s relevant.

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; keep things because they have a monetary or sentimental value attached to them. In my interaction with clients I have gone beneath the surface and found that those dealing with clutter have usually had something happen that started the process of clutter accumulating.  Beneath the surface lies the truth about you and your clutter.

There are physical, emotional, mental and spiritual connections between you and your environment.  The same is so when it comes to a cluttered environment.  When we look beyond the physical clutter we can begin to see the connection to the physical body.  So just how does clutter relate 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 the key to 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.

When you 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.

Then there’s the emotional connection to clutter.  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, but 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.

Finally, there’s the spiritual connections that exist between you and your clutter. This area is extremely important, as spirituality is at your core.  You are a spiritual being having a human experience.  Everything is energy, including clutter.  We know that like attracts like, therefore, clutter attracts more clutter.  The more clutter you have in a space, the heavier or more negative the energy, which impacts you directly.  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 and 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 you are detoured from that path because it becomes difficult to connect with your Higher Power or Creator, and your Higher or Spiritual Self.  When you hold on to things you remain 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 your path.  The clutter leaves you in a place where you have absolutely no freedom, which is completely opposite from the freedom that is inherent within you as a spiritual being.

Before you get ready to roll up your sleeves and clear the clutter from your space, take a look at what lies beneath.  What’s going on with you physically, mentally emotionally and spiritually?  There is so much more to clutter than meets the eye.  Many people think that clutter is only stuff that needs to be removed or put away, and wonder how it could be so difficult to get rid of, but don’t be fooled.  It really isn’t that simple.  You are your clutter and if you really want to get rid of the clutter once and for all, start with you.

If you’re ready to ditch your cluttered work space, join me for my live clutter workshop in September 2013, It’s Not About The Paper: The Truth About ClutterIf you’re not local, you don’t have to miss out.  Register for the It’s Not About The Paper: The Truth About Clutter Virtual Event.

 


Veggies-HeartShapedMost people think that clutter is just what they see before them, but one truth about clutter is that there is much more to it than meets the eye.  Clutter always stems from something within and many times, is related to your physical health.

Clutter can be a constant challenge and keep you from being productive. You might have drawers in your office or larger parts of your office that are cluttered. You might even clear the space and have the clutter “sneak up” on you again, leaving you wondering why you can’t get rid of it.  When dealing with clutter you have to stop and ask what’s in the background that has our lives so cluttered.  There are other things that come into play when it comes to clutter and the true reasons for clutter lie beneath the surface and some have connections to our physical body.  You can’t clear the clutter by focusing on your “stuff”.  How many times have you eliminated that pile, the overflow in the closet or even cleared the clutter from an entire room only to have it come back to haunt you, making you feel as though you just can’t  conquer the clutter?  When this is the case, chances are there is something else running in the background that has you not able to let go of your clutter.  Addressing the surface reasons for clutter won’t work for you in this instance.

When you look beyond the surface you can see how clutter relates to the physical body. Often when people have clutter they’re also dealing with excess body weight, which can have you feel the same way the clutter does—drained, no balance, heavy and wanting to make a change.  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.  Excess body weight and clutter are both forms of protection.  People keep both hoping to cushion themselves against some of the things that life brings their way.

If there isn’t excess body weight, there is usually something else going on with the individual physically either in experiencing some of the things I mentioned or perhaps the individual having some health concerns. People hold onto clutter to fill a void and eat for the same reason, and don’t see the connection between the two.  The excess weight becomes a burden just as the “stuff” is a burden.

The body becomes cluttered and leads to negative impacts on your health that get more complicated as the stagnant energy accumulates. That’s usually the point when people start to take medication to remedy the problems, which truly does not help. Case studies have shown time and time again that when you being to remove clutter from your environment, the physical body makes a shift as well, with the removal of excess weight and health issues.  In turn, when you being to address clutter as it relates to your physical body, it becomes easier to remove the clutter from your space and keep it from returning. The clutter stays away when the root cause is addressed, so when you begin to look at the reason for the extra body weight or health issues.  When those are uncovered and addressed, not only is the physical body able to shift, but so is your environment. To get rid of clutter for good, you really have to look beneath the surface and remedy that clutter and only then can you clear the clutter in your environment and be rid of it and its negative impact on your health for good.

 


We all know that the days are winding down fast and the new year is right in front of us.  At this point you might be thinking about things that you haven’t accomplished this year, wishing that you had done more and realizing that it’s time to get it together.  Time to get organized so that you can focus on your business instead of wasting your time.  Speaking of wasting time, did you know that on average, people spend anywhere from 1.5 to 2 hours every day just looking for things?  It’s true.  That wasted time adds up fast and can cost you money too, but it doesn’t have to.

If you’re in a place where you’re wishing you had done more this year and maybe trying to get just one thing completed before it’s all said and done, you know that you don’t want next year to be an instant replay of this one so it’s time to set yourself up for success.  Get rid of the clutter in your office that’s taking up space and blocking the energy in it; get your office organized so that you can find the things that you need without wasting that 1.5 to 2 hours every day looking for them, get rid of the things that don’t work and set up systems that make things work and support you.

To help you get started, let me give you a few steps that will help you get rid of the clutter in your space:

  • Visit the spots in your office where things seem to land automatically.  Usually it’s your desk, the tops of filing cabinets, tables and other flat surfaces.  Flat surfaces are the number one spot for things to automatically land and accumulate.
  • At each spot, grab everything that’s out of place and go through it piece by piece and determine where it needs to go and put it away.  If it’s a file, put it back in the filing cabinet.  If you have business cards from an event that you attended, clip them together and put them aside to enter into your database and put away the books or other items that are just sitting around.  If something doesn’t already have an assigned home, set it aside for the next step.
  • Go back to the things that you set aside yesterday from your first action item.  These are the things that don’t have a home.  They don’t have a home because you haven’t designated one for them.  Today, create homes for the things that don’t have them.  Take some time to think about where each item should go.  Make sure that the homes you assign make sense.  Most will be obvious, like if it’s info for a new project or client that doesn’t have a home, create a file and get it in the filing cabinet.
  • Now that your space is clear, create the habit of putting things away on a regular basis.  This means that you start putting things away after they’ve been used or at the end of your work day. If your day ends at 5pm, then stop at 4:45pm and get the books, files and other items you used during the course of your day put away.  If there’s something new that you acquired that day, assign it a home and get it put up.  This is also a good time to look at your agenda for the next day.  Leave your workspace in order, especially your desk.  When you return to start your next day, you enter a clear space that is ready both physically and energy-wise for you to work. Keep this up until it becomes a habit for you. If you have to set reminders/an alarm for yourself until you build the habit, do it!  Keep your space clutter free at all costs.

Right now (Nov 2012-Jan 2013) I’m having a 28 Day Get It Done Challenge to help you get your office and business in order and get you ready for the new year.  Dump the clutter, tame the paper tiger, create business systems that will support you and be ready to take on 2013…all for a VERY minimal cost.  Click the following link to get all of the details and sign up!  http://doitintimediva.com/28daychallenge.

 

 


Those plagued by clutter continue to surround themselves with stuff to keep away some sort of pain.  The clutter allows those people to manipulate their feeling joy and they care more about that feeling that they associate with the things they acquire.  When they’re not in the process of acquiring things, that feeling disappears and they begin to feel uncomfortable, feeling the need for that fix.  That is how it becomes an addiction.

When that feeling comes up it’s easy to think that you want the thing that you’re looking at in the store, but it’s not really the item that you want, although you think it is and you’ve created reasons about why you need it or what you could use it for.  What you’re looking for is that fix; the feeling that you get when you acquire something.  You’re looking for the sense of happiness, pleasure, etc that you think having the item will bring you. You’re flying high off those feelings when the truth of the matter is that the  sense of happiness and pleasure is false.  You only feel it in that moment and after you acquire the thing that you think will bring you some pleasure, the feeling fades away.  Your high is gone and deep inside you the real things that are eating at you are still there.  Those real or true feelings are usually fear, sadness, or some other downer emotion and they aren’t going anywhere until you deal with them.

The only way to deal with those emotions is to start looking at why you’re addicted.  What are you trying to protect yourself from?  The roots of your clutter lie within you.  If you’re familiar with me you know that I teach that clutter has mental, emotional spiritual and physical connections, and it’s those areas that you have to delve into to get to the real reason you can’t get rid of your clutter.  Clutter has to be cleared from the inside out.  When you begin to physically clear your space, you can start getting to the root cause of your clutter; to the root cause of your addiction.  When you clear the space without dealing with what’s going on inside, the clutter returns to your space for you to deal with all over again.

When you deal with the real reason for your addiction, you begin to heal that place within you that is experiencing pain and feeling the need for the addictive behavior, which allows you to be able to let go of the excess in your space and no longer feel the need for that false sense of happiness.  As you let go of the excess in your environment, you let go of the emotions that are eating away at you causing your addiction, leaving you with a decluttered environment, and free of the mental, emotional, spiritual and physical clutter that plagues you.

 

 


When it comes to getting and staying organized one challenge is the #1 culprit, paper, also known as, the paper tiger.  This is true for both home and work environments.  If you’re challenged with clutter, look at the clutter to see what percentage of your clutter is paper.  Of all the things that can possibly clutter any given space, paper usually paper comes out on top, not that it’s a good thing.

The paper tiger comes about for several reasons: people keep documents that are no longer relevant or that they don’t need, they don’t have a system in place for dealing with paper or their filing system is inadequate and usually they aren’t aware that paper falls into one of three categories-action, reference or archive.  No matter what your challenge is, there is a simple process for getting and keeping control of your paper.

If you’re like most, you have stacks of paper.  Get yourself out of the overwhelm conversation and start by dealing with one stack of paper at a time.  Go through each one piece of paper at a time and determine the following:

 

  • Is it relevant; do you need it?  Can you get the information again, perhaps from a book or online?
  • What’s the worst thing that could happen if you got rid of it?
    • If it’s no longer relevant, get rid of it!
  • If it is relevant, what needs to happen to it?
    • Does it need to be filed?
    • Do you need to take action on it?
    • Does it need to go to someone else?
  • Sort  the paper  into separate bins; one designated for each of the three options
  • Once that stack is sorted, move to the next stack and continue until you’ve worked your way through each
  • Next, take action on the items in each bin
    • Do the filing
    • Take action on items that require you to do something
    • Delegate the items that need to go to someone else

Finally, to keep the tiger from becoming untamed again, set up a system to help you manage your paper and keep it under control and create new habits that support you in maintaining that system.

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