Cleaning Up the Clutter in Our Lives
Ever notice how as things get jumbled in your mind those loose papers, and little piles of “things” start to build up. Sometimes we put off alleviating the clutter until we are immersed in it. The more those things build up the more overwhelmed we become as our mind’s become over loaded and we just don’t know where to begin. Life becomes a juggling act as we are constantly running to catch up.
Our moods shift, we feel disoriented, we get foggy brain, gain weight, feel thrown off kilter, always trying to “catch” up on things, spending way more time looking for things than just getting things done. It becomes “contagious” a few drawers become an untidy car, and the more it affects how we feel, the more it can infiltrate into the way we dress, eat, act, think. Clutter IS a powerful metaphor in our lives.
If we wait until the clutter builds up , it can become a very disheartening and tedious experience.
The act of spring cleaning our homes, cars, offices, wardrobe and general environment can often be exactly what we need to have that fresh start.
Clearing the way and ultimately clearing the mind…clearing our bodies…clearing our lives and work opportunities… for new things.
What are you holding on to that you can let go of in your own environment and within the caverns of your mind?
You may not be able to consciously “identify” any associations from your things to your mind as a lot of this exercise is actually releasing the kinesthetic release. That’s the “emotional” stuff you hold onto in your body. So in removing the clutter…chances are you won’t just THINK clearer…you will FEEL clearer…lighter…more optimistic.
If you find yourself a little overwhelmed, or indecisive or simply feeling stuck in a rut, chances are by clearing your environment you will clear the way in your mind to see a new path.
This is an opportunity for you to prepare your environment for the new seeds of growth you are ready to plant.
The purpose of this exercise is twofold. One is the clutter in our environment and the other is the clutter in our minds. Both situations can generate frustration, exhaustion and much more as we are constantly reminded of things we may or may not have been willing to let go of. They represent holdings on. They could represent nostalgia, memoirs, and laziness … different meanings for different people. Whatever your environment represents for you it’s important to recognize the metaphor as an outward representation of the inward experience.
Start with one room and divide the contents of your “things” into 3 piles,
A) Absolutely throw out
B) Maybe keep
C) Absolutely must keep
Once you’ve done that:
1) Discard the outs
2) Negotiate the maybes. Ask yourself;
“Have I worn it in over a year?”, or
“Do I use it or is there some emotional attachment to it?” “Do I just want it, or do I NEED it”
3) Buy organizers (plastic containers, or boxes) to make your job easier.
You’ll be amazed how wonderful your mind, your body, your work ideas, your emotional wellness and ultimately your new outlook will be.