It’s everywhere. It can find me anywhere.
My car. My desk. My notebooks. My calendar. My kitchen. My bathroom. My closet. Even in my fridge.
What is clutter? Why is it so overwhelming and sometimes SO debilitating?
I recently found the most clear, concise and most absolutely applicable definition. It’s changed my whole mindset around clutter.
I look around my office where I’m writing this now. There is some clutter. Piles of paper, a stack of books, twisted mountains of cables (to which electronic device I have no idea – we probably don’t even own it anymore), a bin of wall repair / painting supplies … you get the idea. In this one tiny room I have evidence of delayed decisions.
What colour do I paint the walls?
Where should I put the desk / filing cabinet / shelves?
Should keep it, shred it, scan it?
delayed decisions. clutter. It makes sense right?
When I make a decision I immediately feel my mind clear, my mood is lighter, I am more “in control”. When I sit in uncertainty I feel out of control, overwhelmed and cluttered.
As business owners, mothers, fathers, partners, daughters, sons, sisters, brothers … we have a lot of decisions facing us each day. A LOT. Are there ways we can remove some of these decisions so that we don’t feel like we have a mountain to climb in the decision making department before we finish our first cup of coffee? Here are 6 strategies I’ve used to help me clear my own clutter and stay focused, productive and moving forward in my life.
#1 – The Brain Dump
#2 – Get Organized
#3 – Screen & Select
#4 – Focus.
#5: Time Block
#6 – Your Best Work
We are all unique and no one system will work for each of use. To be successful at clearing clutter we need to know ourselves, our families, our businesses and build systems & processes that support our own unique way of living. Try implementing these strategies whenever you feel the dread of overwhelm setting in and I know you’ll be able to move through your clutter with ease and grace.