You may be asking, “How?” Well, to understand that, lets start with
I was at a seminar and the host asked, “Do you walk around your house and notice all the things that irritate you? A stain on the carpet, a broken drawer, a box that has been sitting in your living room forever, or the messy spare room. Or do you think you don’t notice it and it doesn’t bother you?”
First thing I had to do was make a list of all the things in my home that irritated me. Well, that started the moment I walked into my garage each day. What a mess, I would think, “I have to clean this up someday, just not today.” Then, I walk into the basement to go upstairs, look at the carpeted stairs have stains on them, and think, “I wish my wife would clean those.”
But wait there is more: pretty much in every room of the house something could be fixed, painted, cleaned, or just thrown out.
This stuff is buried in your subconscious and secretly talks to you every day. My favorite discovery was that I was blaming others for not fixing, cleaning, and throwing away the stuff that irritated me.
With so much on our minds and so much coming at us daily, cleaning the clutter in our lives helps us focus on the things that really matter – passion projects, family, relaxation or whatever it is that means something to you.
I would walk into my office to work on an important article, speech, something that needed my focused attention, but my mind would be looking at everything that needed to be organized, fixed, and cleaned. That great idea I was just about to focus on was being interrupted by the clutter of my office – which was now cluttering my mind.
Solution? Move, get a dumpster, and buy a really small condo.
You could do that; or you could do what I did. Get a pad, go through each room and make a list of the things that irritate you. Do the inside and outside of the house.
Trust me it feels awesome just knowing that you are aware of the things that need your attention. Then, start taking action – one item at a time, one day at a time or even one weekend at a time.
Sure, some things may require you to hire someone or you might have to delegate or ask a friend/neighbor for help, do it.
Once we started, yes this was a family project at times, we felt great.
It was such a rewarding and awesome feeling, a sense of accomplishment, etc.
And for those of you who are thinking, “I don’t have the time.” Well, you have the same amount of time as everyone else – 24 hours each day – it is your choice on what you choose to do with it.
Don’t worry, Netflix will have the new season of that show you love soon and you can catch up. But, isn’t your time currently better spent getting rid of the clutter?
Really, instead of stepping over the box just pick it up and throw it out. Most of the things don’t take long and the reward is definitely worth the extra time.
After you get rid of the clutter, imagine how much more you will enjoy your home and your time in it; and think you can do this at work, your car, etc.
Am I alone on this or can you relate? I would love to hear some success stories on how you got rid of physical and psychological clutter in your life.