Let’s be honest.
Who doesn’t have junk in one form or another?
If you have vowed to clean up the clutter this year, you will have lots of company. That’s because along with the usual collection of New Year’s Resolutions that make a brief appearance this time of year – eat less, exercise more, stop smoking – getting organized often surfaces near the top of the to-do list for the coming year.
Unless you became a devout disciple of the Japanese art of tidying up that became a passing fad last year, there is quite likely some space within your house or office that needs a little de-cluttering.
I thought so.
Perhaps you have one of those universal collection points that can be found in most homes – the kitchen junk drawer – which contains a bizarre accumulation of odds and ends, bits and pieces, things that have no real home or ones that just might come in handy some day or stuff that we’re certain is important if we could only remember what it is for.
Perhaps you have a larger collection space – what a friend of mine calls “the back room” – a spot that stores in a rather dysfunctional way similar items to the kitchen junk drawer but only of a much bigger nature. Back rooms can take the form of an actual room where you open the door and toss stuff in and hope that guests never unintenionally open it while looking for the bathroom. Or back rooms can be closets or spaces under the stairs or even the garage.
Perhaps you are someone who has piles of unsorted photos or children’s keepsakes, things that you continually promise yourself that you will organize one of these days. Unfortunately since you never quite get around to it, the piles and boxes keep growing as does your apprehension at the sheer magnitude of the task of sorting through it.
Perhaps your clutter collects on your desk, slightly unfinished projects or completed ones that have not yet been put away, articles to read one day, scribbled messages and coffee cups.
Maybe your clutter exists in cyber space, slightly less visible but clutter just the same. Your inbox is stacked full of email messages, you have hundreds or thousands of digital photos with no real organization, or to-do lists of never-ending tasks, bits and pieces of trivia and brilliant ideas captured and being held hostage in OneNote.
No wonder getting rid of clutter is a perpetual resolution favourite.
Here’s a fresh approach:
What if this year you focused on de-cluttering your heart and mind rather than your things?What if this year you focused on de-cluttering your heart and mind rather than your things? Click To Tweet
Imagine if you let go of those thoughts that take up space in your head but don’t really provide any positive return – the ones that start with “You should” or “You must”, or the guilty ones that spring up when you want to say no, or the unforgiving ones that ooze out of resentment or old hurts.
Consider this radical idea:
What if you re-organized your to do list so that the things that are most important to you took precedence over those that are more insistent but less essential?
if you set some boundaries that reflect who you really are and what you really want rather than saying yes in order to please everyone else first.
Perhaps then the task of de-cluttering the things – the rooms and drawers and desks and stuff – will become much easier.
If you unclutter your head, you might have more time and a better sense of what to keep and why and what to toss out because you no longer need a thing to remind you of a feeling or memory.
Albert Einstein once said:
Out of clutter, find simplicity.
Perhaps that would be the best New Year’s Resolution of all.
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