Steps to Success: Cleaning the Clutter


Clear ClutterEver feel like you have too much stuff on your plate?  Can’t find that piece of paper with that important name on it?  Find yourself procrastinating because your desk is too messy or your home is too cluttered and therefore it’s a grand ole excuse to not do those things you really would like to do?  Or maybe it’s a hidden clutter that no one else can see, but it lurks within.

Clutter.  Ugh.  What a bothersome nuisance; always getting in the way. 

A case of acute clutter can be easily forgiven and liberating when a vacation to a fun destination beckons or an important social gathering trumps the task of cleaning your room, but chronic clutter can invite disaster.  It can also invite dust, bugs, icky stuff, and you could get sick from the physical clutter in extreme cases.  Visually, the clutter might also ware and tare at your mind and your mood.  Too much clutter can lead to irritability, depression, frustration, the boo hoo hoos and even party pooper mentality. No one wants that!

Wouldn’t it be nice to be clutter free?  Imagine a desk so clear of papers and dishes and miscellaneous gadgets that serve no purpose to your goals that you had written down on that one piece of paper that is now somewhere buried beneath all the rubble.  Remember when you had that space?  Remember those goals?  How’s it going for you?

Well, dwelling on the messiness is never any fun and there’s usually not much benefit to doing that.  Unless you enjoy spending time with Debbie Downer or you even like Being Debbie Downer – It’s Clean Up Time.  Clean up time does not have to be as daunting as we sometimes make it out to be.  It can be FUN.  Yeah, I said it.  Try it out for yourself.  Okay, maybe FUN is not the right word, but it can be fulfilling and give you a sense of great accomplishment and who doesn’t enjoy that kind of feeling?!

ClutterSo whatever your clutter:  messy kitchen, atrocious desk, an embarrassing purse gone a-wall or a refrigerator with missing foods you swore you just bought, and oh what is that smell???  Or maybe your mind is cluttered with too many goals and too many activities to juggle.

I have no special way or method that works best.  My suggestion is to just dive in.  Pick one area that you need to de clutter and go for it.  Perhaps pick a small task so you can acquire that sense of accomplishment to propel you to attack another clutter zone with your cleaning enthusiasm.  OR take on that bigger pile and that entire room and make space for your success.

Tom and I have a TWENTY SECOND RULE: (Internal voice with tail between my legs)… “okay, I’ll do a better job at following this rule.”   It takes just 20 seconds to put away the jacket or to wash that dirty dish, but it takes more effort and frustration and burden to throw the coat on the chair to collect with other coats that had been thrown down or multiple dishes to overflow the sink only to have to assign precious time to go back to cleaning up all these things later on.  Can’t you afford the initial 20 seconds?

Whatever is in the way of your success, holding you back, making excuses, cluttering your visions and your home, you owe it to yourself to clean it up and care for your space.  It’s a job we all have, yet we never applied for and we don’t get paid for… well, we do get paid… in the form of our sense of wellness and success, and peace of mind.  How do you want to pay yourself?

“Never again clutter your days or nights with
so many menial and unimportant things
that you have no time to accept
a real challenge when it comes along.
This applies to play as well as work.
A day merely survived is no cause for celebration.
You are not here to fritter away your precious hours
when you have the ability to accomplish so much
by making a slight change in your routine.
No more busy work.
No more hiding from success.
Leave time, leave space, to grow.
Not tomorrow!”
Og Mandino

Cheers to clearing your clutter and making space for your successes!


About Author

Kathleen Crandall

Hello there! Kathleen Hilker Crandall Speaking! I work as an Independent Pilates/Yoga teacher and Massage Therapist in Austin, Texas. Check out our Service Page for more details on what I offer. I truly love the work that I do and am glad to share with others what I have learned! Move Well. Eat Well & Nourish to Flourish :)

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