Clean It Up!
One of the things about clutter is the amazing way it has of making us feel like everything is out of control in our lives. At least, it works that way for most people. If you are a hoarder, you can stop reading now. This does NOT apply to you.
I’d like to tell you a story about a friend of mine. One of the first things she does when going on a trip is to clean her car. I mean really clean it. She vacuums, takes out the rubber mats and sprays them down at the car wash, wipes down all the surfaces, empties out the glove box and the console in between the seats. She even cleans out all the “pockets”. She then puts everything back in there that may be needed and, of course, a few extras for the trip.
There are so many uncertainties when going on a trip that when she starts out, everything is clean and she knows exactly what is in the car and where. She knows that while traveling, the family will be eating in the car. The car has a lot of extra stuff in it with luggage, pillows, maybe a blanket, and just the stuff we collect while traveling. That’s all okay. It’s to be expected on a trip, but she has to start out clean. It gives her a feeling of control and confidence at the beginning of her journey.
On our life journey, it also helps that our road is not littered with “stuff” all over the highways that we have to navigate around. It would make our trip twice as long and overall be a fairly unsafe journey. Life is exactly the same way. Physically clean your home and office. Try and have at least a little organization, and then The Five Simple Steps below should help you move forward. It’s about making life an easier path to navigate. Get the “stuff” out of your road. It’s also giving your mind a little TLC.
1. Slow down This means that you should take everything in your stride but at a slow pace such that you can organize yourself and deal with things one after another. When one is overwhelmed they tend to speed up whatever they are doing, and this definitely adds to more clutter in the mind, and therefore the first step in dealing with this would be to slow down everything you are doing. This is a sure way to reduce the pressure you are facing, which will lead to an environment that feels more peaceful in which you can organize yourself better and hence reduce the mind clutter.
2. Tune-in Another step that will go far to ensure that you de-clutter is to tune into yourself and decide what is important. When people are faced with clutter, they tend to divert their attention to several things that are outside. They do this even without noticing it since it steers them away from thinking about the clutter and the actual reasons behind it. You should therefore analyze every detail within yourself and come to the realization as to what the factors are that contribute to this clutter. It will be easier to solve the problem once you figure out what the real issues are.
3. Be honest An honest, in-depth assessment as to whether you are focusing on the right things is very important in order to de-clutter. This step is necessary so that you know the things that you should be focusing on. It is imperative that you create a list of the important things so that you keep them in perspective and make it easier to undertake them. Complete the tasks listed in your list one by one so that you complete all of them in an orderly and timely manner which will reduce stress and hence avoid clutter.
4. Get out the cutting board The things that did not make it to the important task list are the ones that contribute to the major clutter. To ensure that you get rid of the clutter, put these unimportant items on the very bottom of the list. When you get to them, just ask, “Is this really necessary? Will doing this really make a difference in my day?” Doing this will make you feel a sense of freedom and give you more control. The goal for the unimportant “clutter” is for it to drop away unnoticed.
5. Do something
As your day begins, take action with anything related to your most important priorities first thing in the morning. After a good night’s sleep, you are fresh and can tackle your list more effectively. This helps you perform these tasks properly, and by doing the most important things first is a great way to start your day that will leave you with a feeling of accomplishment.
Just a simple piece of advice that works so well. If there’s an important task on your list that you simply dread doing, make it first on your list, the very first thing after you start your work day. This gives you a sense of peace, and the dread only stays with you for five minutes in the morning versus all day when you finally do it at five o’clock in the afternoon. Putting it off gives “it” the power to cloud your whole day. Hoping these small steps each day will help you clean up your mind clutter and help you be productive and accomplish more. Your days will have sense of order and not the chaos of feeling your life is out of control. Again, just clean it up!
Written by: Faye Markert