A favorite phrase of people lately is “life happens.” Life, in fact, is exactly what happens while we ‘re making our plans for the future. Before we have our plans set in cement, it seems our life situation has changed — and so have our plans.
You can make a case that this is precisely what happens when it comes to our possessions. “Clutter, from here on out called muck, happens.” Look around you. It’s hard to believe at some point that your house was empty — totally empty, to be redundant! What would happen now, if someone told you, that you had to leave it all behind. How would you react?
Could you, in fact, willfully walk away from all your material possessions right now?
That question is closely related to the one so many like to ask of people. If you were stranded on a desert island with only one item, what would it be? Obviously, it couldn’t be that hand-held mixer you use once every six months for your smoothies.
And you probably wouldn’t take your vacuum cleaner. Or even your reading lamp?
But would you take that stack of papers over there that you promised you’d look through one day? Or could you choose only one book from that pile you have sitting by your bed?
Get the picture? Our lives are filled with material items –very often material items that we seldom, if ever, use.
But you already are well aware of that. My guess is that you, like hundreds of thousands of others, are suffocating in a houseful of clutter.
This article is not intended to be a commentary on how materialistic our society has become –and in turn how tragic that is. This article, though, is about the slow . . . incremental . . . nearly unnoticeable way we do accumulate material things and how that affects our home organization and our happiness.
And how we can –when we’re ready emotionally and physically–begin to clear ourselves of some of the possessions we neither use nor need.
But in order to effectively clear that muck and clutter out of your house –and hopefully keep it that way for more than 24 hours (which by the way is a serious challenge for some people . . .) we need to know a little bit more about our relationship with “change.”
You see, the more things we hold onto, and have, in our environment, the more resistant we become to change. We get ‘stuck in our muck’ so to speak. All of the clutter and surrounding us creates inertia and a feeling of being stuck, both physically and mentally.
I witness this effect over and over again with my clients. They have so much clutter in their life, that they simply give up trying to make any type of positive change. They also have so much stuff in their home that they have stopped taking time for fun and relaxation because they feel they should be doing something about the state of their life. If you find yourself nodding your head as you read this, you might be stuck in this same vicious cycle.
The good news is that a seemingly small shift in your environment will always lead to larger than life results. If you feel stuck, go through your house and simply begin adding space wherever you find clutter. If you are laughing right now because you have clutter everywhere and have no idea where to start, don’t worry. It doesn’t matter where you begin, simply begin right now. At the end of an hour, take your excess muck to your closest donation station and get it out of your life. You will fill a strong sense of satisfaction. I guarantee it! This additional space will give you more energy and then magnify into more clarity, energy and you will create momentum to move you towards your goals and dreams.
Try it. You have nothing to lose and, if nothing else happens, your home will look better than it did before you started!
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