How do you feel around clutter?
My wife likes to shop at Ross as she finds some really good deals on clothes there. She likes me to go with her when she shops, and I often do. But I have a really, really hard time going into Ross. Our Ross store is jam packed, has narrow aisles, and usually has merchandise strewn everywhere from customers that don’t place things back neatly.
Clutter isn’t really about the look of things, it’s more about the feeling.
When I go in that Ross I get an icky feeling.
Have you ever been in a place that gives you that feeling?
Compare that to a museum. Museums have stuff inside, but that stuff is neatly ordered. And they have lots of open space. I always get a feeling of peace in a museum.
Think for a moment of the places that give you that feeling of peace.
Where is the one place this sense of peace would benefit you the most? I’ll give you a hint, it’s somewhere you spend a majority of your time. If you guessed work, then your working too much. 😉 The answer is your home.
What steps can you take to transform your home into a place of peace? What would it take to create a feeling of peace in your home?
Do you need to get rid of some things? Do you need to organize some of the things you have? Can you open up some spaces by reducing the amount of furniture? Can you create more space in your closet by reducing the amount of clothing within?
You can create a center for peace in your life. You can transform your home into your own personal sanctuary.
It’s not hard, it just takes a little time and a bit of effort. You’ll have to make many decisions. Some decisions will be very difficult, but by making them now, you begin a new path into the future. A path where your home is a place of peace.
I know you can do it. I’ve been where you are now. I’ve lived in a cluttered home. I used to have papers everywhere. I had junk covering counters, tables, and floors. One day, it just clicked. I have the power to change my life and craft it into whatever I want it to be.
So do you.
Start today. Take one item and trash it. Go through one drawer and declutter it. Open one cabinet and remove duplicate and unused items.
Focus on one small area. The smaller the better. You can only have big successes if you first create a series of small successes.
If you are at home as you read this, stop for a moment. Stand up, look around the room, and pick up one item of clutter and throw it in your trash can. Ignore recycling, donating, and selling for a moment and toss it in the trash. It’s important that you take the first step and not get bogged down in the details of where it goes. You have time for the details later. Right now I want you to get started with that first item.
Did you do it? Good. Think of that single item. Ignore everything else for now. How did it feel to release that item from your possession? It felt good. That is the first step to your freedom from clutter.
After you finish reading, decide what your next step is. A drawer, a table top, a small section of your kitchen counter. Plan on attacking that cluttered space. Do it now if you have time. Schedule it in your calendar if that helps.
If you need help, seek it. I am here to help. I offer Clutter Coaching. I can help you anywhere in the world over the phone or through Skype, FaceTime, or Google Hangout. I have helped others just like you, and I am really looking forward to helping you.
I even offer a free hour of coaching. That hour isn’t a sales pitch, we’ll actually discuss your specific situation and create a starting point for your declutter plan. It’s also your chance to ask me questions. Believe it or not, nobody has taken me up on my free hour or coaching yet. I want to reiterate, the free hour is not a sales pitch, we’ll jump in and get your started with decluttering, or get you unstuck if you’ve already started and gotten stuck. You can book your free hour of Clutter Coaching here.
If you prefer to work face to face or want some more physical help, contact a professional organizer in your area. If you are in the Orlando, Florida area, you can contact me for help. If you are in Austin, TX, contact Megyn of Unstuffed. Megyn is a frequent commenter here and was featured in a recent Rethinking The Dream Chronicles. If you are near Adelaide, South Australia, contact Rebecca of Clear Space. Rebecca is a reader of this blog and a frequent contributor to our Facebook group.
Our Facebook group is another option for seeking help. Our membership is growing rapidly, and we have members at all stages of decluttering and downsizing. Our group is what Facebook calls a closed group, meaning your Facebook friends don’t see any posts made inside the group. It’s the perfect place to seek help in an loving and caring environment.
Today in the comments I’d like to hear the cluttered places that make you feel uneasy, and the decluttered places that give you a feeling of peace.