Thursday, September 24, 2009

Clean Out the Clutter and Move Forward in Your Life

When spring rolls around, we often get busy cleaning our homes and clearing out the clutter. It certainly feels good to look around your home and notice everything neat, clean, and put in its place. Cleaning out the clutter around your house is a way of cleaning out your mental clutter, or "psychic vampires" that rob you of your vitality. A cluttered home symbolizes a cluttered, blocked mind.

Mental clutter is that unfinished business in your life that gnaws at you in the background of your consciousness. Your mental clutter may include the projects you started and never finished, the stack of paperwork on your desk, unsorted photos, old clothes taking up space in your closet, junk piled in your garage, etc.

These are things we notice, and tolerate on a daily basis. When left unattended for long periods of time, this clutter robs us of our energy and vitality. Think of all the times you have walked into your garage, noticed the mess, and thought "one day, I should get this cleaned up?" all the while feeling a twinge of guilt for procrastinating. There may be certain parts of your home or workspace that you avoid, just because looking at the mess leaves you feeling overwhelmed and drained. When you have a cluttered work or living space, your creativity and energy stay bound up in the clutter.

You must clear this clutter out if you want more from life and want to move forward in exciting ways. One way to start this process is by identifying and removing the energy drainers, or psychic vampires, that have been bogging you down. Clutter and disorganization are often at the top of the list. Removing these energy drainers frees you up to think, strategize, and act in new, productive ways.

So, how do you begin to clear out the clutter when there is so much of it that you don’t even know where to start? It’s simple. Pick one small space in your home and get busy! You will be amazed at the results. Make a commitment to yourself to spend ten to fifteen minutes per day for the next week sorting, organizing, rearranging, recycling, donating, and/or disposing of items in your home or workspace. Just start small. If your desk is covered with paperwork, pick one area of your desk and start organizing. You will find you get momentum going once you realize how good it feels to have that small space cleared. You may decide to move on and tackle another cluttered space, or you may just relish the good feeling that comes from having cleared out some clutter.

Once this process is under way, you will be amazed by the renewed energy you experience and the possibilities that surface for you!

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