I’ve been hearing a lot lately about clutter from various sources and the theory seems to be that if our lives are cluttered up in some area, it stops us from moving forward or getting ahead in that area.
Well not everybody will agree with this proposal, but it bears thinking about so I wrote down of a few things that might affect the workflow in my office for a start.
- Does clutter make the work flow more or less efficient?
- How easy is it to find things?
- Does the look of a tidy office make me feel more inclined to work or less?
- Do I care about the tidiness of the office when clients or visitors call ?
But it’s not just tidiness I’m talking about, it’s also belongings, such as clothes we don’t wear anymore because they are too big or too small, out of fashion or we just don’t like them & never wear them; shoes (how many ladies do you know with more than 10 pair in their wardrobe?), towells & linen, ornament, gadgets, tools, books, music, movies – the list goes on and one.
Could you give some of these things away to someone who would appreciate them and not feel deprived? Would it make you feel lighter to have gained space back and maybe helped someone else?
Not just physical things either, what about the clutter in our minds? Like holding onto grudges or resentments of things that happened years past; dreams of being famous or wealthy but not taking any action to set us on the path – don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking big dreams because every success starts with an idea, but without any action, it just stays an idea and doesn’t become reality.
Let’s declutter our lives, our homes, our workplaces, our cars and our minds. Be open to change and to opportunities that come along. Make way for new things, new friends, new places perhaps, new ideas, new starts.
We’re never too old to learn and it’s never too late to start again!