Clutter – oh no!
Just the word makes us run for the hills, eh?
Have you ever thought of the relationship between clutter and your general health and wellness? Most of us don’t relate clutter to anything at all to do with happiness, but I hope after reading this you may consider changing how you think about clutter.
People whom I have known (including myself) have made life altering changes after they address areas of physical clutter in their lives. De-cluttering can seem like such a HUGE job that most of us give up before we have even begun. Is it because we’ve set too high of a goal? (i.e./”…I want to clean up my whole apartment/house this weekend.” ) or is it a bit too perfectionistic? (i.e./”Every pencil will be in its place before I go to bed tonight.”)
One day back in 2007 I read an article on clutter and the benefits of addressing the clutter in our lives as a way to living a happier life. How could the two be possibly related, I wondered, but since I wanted to ‘do things differently’… I trusted that how they were related would become apparent to me.
Setting absolutely do-able, very small, short term goals worked for me. One half hour twice a week blocked off in my agenda, allowed me to begin a de-clutter project which led to all sorts of life changes most of which I never anticipated.
Firstly, I had to look within to figure out which areas of clutter bothered me the most and then rank them in a list. All I had to do is look at the first one. Then, as I have mentioned, I blocked out two very short appointments with myself each week to address this area. My first project was the messy office on my main floor.
I noticed that I was happier right away after blocking off the time even though nothing had de-cluttered yet, simply because I had a plan to think about the office