March Challenge: Be Aware

Getting organized = More space… More energy… More time

Staying organized = Less stress… Less expense… Less work

We all have clutter somewhere — a hidden junk drawer, boxes stored on the back shelf, a pile of old sheets and towels, or a closet full of clothes that haven’t been worn in years. And, truthfully, it can be hard to find the time or energy to sort, purge and organize. But it is even harder when you don’t.

Yes, I’ll admit it! Even as a Professional Organizer, there have been times in my life when I, too, felt out of control. No matter what decisions I tried to make, nothing seemed right. Daily activities overwhelmed me. I had difficulty focusing on projects and I knew deep down in my heart I was not in a good place — mentally or physically. When these moments creep into my life, I need to stop and look around at my environment. More often than not, clutter has taken control. I need to relearn a few Life Management Skills to get over the hurtles.

Problem:  When a home becomes cluttered and disorganized, even in the hidden, out-of-the-way areas, our life becomes muddled. Experts tell us that there is a direct correlation between inner-self and personal environment. Studies show the negative effects clutter can have on our body, mind and spirit. Most of us know, and have experienced, the discomfort clutter can cause. Clutter zaps energy and produces irritability and sluggishness. Piles of accumulated stuff make it difficult to concentrate. Simple tasks are overwhelming, stressful and impossible to tackle never mind complete. Peace and contentment erode as clutter builds.

Solution:  No matter what forces drag you down, you can dramatically improve your life, both personally and professionally, by making the decision to tackle the accumulated excess—the clutter. When you begin to face the demons of clutter, you start to experience abundant living. The choice is yours, so choose wisely. Make the decision, then put it into action. Nothing happens until changes are made.

If you do not change direction,

you may end up where you are heading.”  ~Lao Tzu

 

Benefits of clutter-free

Organizing your spaces is more than just uncovering the surface of the dining table, the kitchen counter or desk. It is a process to discover what makes you truly happy. Happiness is breathing space. Happiness is being able to see and appreciate your possessions. There is freedom when you know what you have and where it is located. There is truth in the old adage, “a place for everything and everything in its place.” It is easier, less stressful.

Life Management Skill:  Make wise choices about everything. Keeper or Out-of-my-life?

 

Abundant living means needing what you have and having what you need.

 

Look at it this way:  A blood pressure too high is dangerous; yet, a blood pressure too low is equally dangerous. Oatmeal too hot will burn your tongue; yet oatmeal too cold is paste. A cluttered home takes away your freedom and breathing space; yet a sparse home is depressingly bare.

Too much…   Not enough…   Just right!

It is a matter of awareness and choice.

 

March is National Awareness Month

The process of clearing clutter is not easy. It requires learning life management skills. It requires being aware of the choices you make daily. Learning to shift priorities and approach tasks in a new way requires awareness of problem areas and the choices you have before you. Getting and staying organized involves changing behaviors and choosing wisely.

Remember, there is always more than just one solution to a problem. There is no right way to get organized. Each situation is unique and every challenge should be approached differently. One person’s solution may be just what you need; another may be suitable for someone else.

Nothing changes until something changes. What changes can you make during the month of March to move you toward a clutter-free life? What must you move, donate or toss? What must you do, or stop doing to make a difference? What must you learn?

If your goal is to become clutter free, then do one thing today, tomorrow, next week and every day this month to make a change. Be aware of what you have, what you need and how each item affects your life — good, bad or indifferent. Too much…   Too little…  Or just right?

Take the clutter clearing process one-step-at-a-time. Ask yourself, “What is the problem?” Then find the solution that fits your lifestyle. If you need help along the way, ask. I am here to guide you along your journey.

“Your house is your home only when you feel you have jurisdiction over the space.”  ~Joan Kron, Author of “Home-Psych”

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