Declutter Your Life
Imagine this scenario. It’s Saturday evening. Friends are coming over for a get-together. Busy with preparation, you rush around to make sure all is perfect.
It’s been a while since you’ve had anyone over. Life has been busy, and you hadn’t even noticed all the clutter lying around. With little time to spare, you quickly shove everything into the closet.
You don’t want anyone to see the mess, so you hurry to conceal it. Rather than clear it away, it’s shoved to the side. Thankfully it’s hidden behind closed doors. When out of sight, it’s out of mind. But, is it really?
Items hidden in the closet are less likely to be removed. Out of view, they’re easily forgotten. If clutter isn’t consciously cleared away, it builds up quickly. More and more comes. In need of space, it’s shoved in the closet and piled on top. Eventually, every closet is full.
Rummaging through closets to find basic items is mentally draining. It’s hard to remember what’s there, let alone find what you’re looking for. Rather than search aimlessly, it’s easier to run out and pick up things you don’t really need. Thus, you end up with more and more clutter.
Why keep shoes you never wear, hold on to clothes that don’t fit or keep books you never read?
Busyness is similar to physical clutter. It builds up quickly. The tendency is to push things to the side. Task piled on top of task makes it hard to find time for important things in life.
Confusion opens the door to fatigue and frustration. If not cleared away at onset, it builds up.
If you want to be the best version of yourself, keep mental and physical clutter to a minimum. It simply weighs you down.
Make a conscious decision to live a life of balance. Creativity flows naturally when free of clutter. It does nothing more than drain energy and take up space.
Live a life free of clutter to make room for the best version of yourself.
Take an honest assessment of how you spend your time.
Make a list of priorities.
Start by clearing away physical clutter. (Clothes that don’t fit, shoes you don’t wear, books you never read)
Next, clear away mental clutter. (Busyness, stress, worry)
After clearing away clutter in your life, there should be extra space.
Now, block off time to do things you've put off for a long time. Start with small steps and be consistent.
It’s great to free up mental and physical space, but be sure you have something positive to fill it with.
As a result and goal-driven person, you understand how quickly tasks and responsibilities pile up. You also understand how busyness drains mental and physical energy. I bet you’ve even made more than your fair share of attempts to find balance.
Knowledge is great, but it isn’t always enough. You’re certainly not lacking motivation. If it was simply a matter of willing yourself into balance, you would already be there.
You’ve come this far because something about this message resonates with you. You have no problem piling task on top of task. After all, everything seems important. Yet, busyness leaves you with little to no time and energy for yourself.
An investment in yourself is always a great use of your time. It benefits you and those you care about. If you take time to declutter your life you just might make time for what’s important.
Make room to do what you love, love what you do and live a life of purpose.
If you’re ready to invest in yourself, let’s talk.
Julie Barbera, author of the forthcoming book, Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection
“Treasures Are Right Before Our Eyes, yet Many Miss Gems Searching for Pearls at the Bottom of the Sea.”