All of us can be adversely affected by clutter in our lives—I believe that it creates ‘stuck energy’. Don’t you love that feeling of lightness when your desk is clear? Or when you’ve cleaned out a drawer? Or sorted through your email inbox? When you de-clutter life, doesn’t that also de-clutter your mind?
As my New Year project, I’m going to do some de-cluttering. I’m looking forward to a fresh, sparkly new year in an office and coaching room that looks and feels equally fresh and sparkly.
I’m going to shred things. I’m going to let go of all those bits of paper that I’ve been holding onto ‘just in case’. I’m going to neatly box up all my financial records to go in the loft—legally I have to keep them, but they don’t need to be taking up space in my office.
I also plan to beautify the place a bit. I’ll paint the hallway, buy fresh flowers and a scented candle, arrange my reference books and generally invest time and care in the space in which I (and others) spend so much time.
I think this is a much more important topic than it might seem at face value. I believe that an ordered, pleasant working environment makes me more productive because it makes me feel calm and centred—leaving metaphorical space for me to access the innovative and creative parts of my mind.
- De-clutter something.
- Lesley Beattie (Organisational Angel) suggests we start with just one small thing—like a single drawer or just one shelf in a cupboard. Rather than being put off by the enormity the task, tackle just one thing and notice how you feel. (Don’t be seduced by the apparent ‘fluffiness’ of her work—Lesley does powerful stuff!)
- Then de-clutter something else.
- Honouring your natural style, aim to have everything in your home and working environment clear, de-cluttered and efficient by a certain date. Be realistic, but also retain the momentum by doing a bit regularly. Notice the impact of this—does it change how you feel or how you act?
- If you like how it makes you feel or act, what are your options for perpetuating this way of being?