Clearing Clutter

Everything you always wanted to know about clearing clutter but were too disorganized to ask!

The_ScreamerDo you have PROCRASTINITUS? It’s so easy to let it get out of hand; there’s so much to do. Most of us promise ourselves we’ll get to it someday, but that day never comes, and before long we’re buried in clutter. This is something I call Pile Crisis Syndrome©. Here’s how it usually happens:

There’s nowhere to put anything. There’s a home for everything.
I don’t have time. You can make time; even 5 minutes a day will help.
I’ll do it later (intentions). It’s our actions, not our intentions, that matter.
I don’t know how to organize. You can learn.

Clutter follows us into our cars, jobs, closets, desks, our relationships and every other area of our life – it sleeps quietly as background noise in our brain and undermines our thoughts. It undermines positive energy and causes stress that permeates our affairs from top to bottom. We look around and see the mess, the piles of paper, clothing, disarray, and feel overwhelming anxiety, fear and frustration. What do these feelings create? In most cases, denial, indecision and paralysis. In addition, some of us have the challenge of living with limited space. We’re out of closet, desk, drawer and cabinet space and square footage, so the piles start growing everywhere. It’s a common problem but often, quite solvable. There are actions we can take to bring balance and serenity into our environment.

Practice and patience is the mantra. Just as we manifest chaos, we can manifest order. What we think is what we are. All that’s required is a change of attitude and a little discipline, and you too can have the confidence to clear the clutter and make space for a more productive environment.

There’s a caveat to all of this: If you don’t have a file cabinet, please do yourself a favor and get one, a good one, don’t compromise. It’s one of the best investments you’ll ever make. Get one that’s well-built and has good drawer glides. Try them out and find one that feels good to you.

Remember, getting organized is a continual process. Take it seriously, and give yourself the lifestyle you deserve. For further information on how to create organizing and lifestyle systems that will decrease your stress and increase your productivity, contact Cindy Faith at Cindy@OrganizeSB.comor call 805.455.4577