According to the Law of Attraction, like attracts like. So what does that say about cluttered spaces? We all have/had them. Corners of the home that are stacked with papers we need to get around to reading. The papasan chair that’s loaded with laundry so high that people thought you gave the chair away. The drawer in the kitchen that is stuffed with EVERYTHING random you find around the house (I call it the black drawer, it’s like a cultural norm). The clothes in the closet with the tags on them that we’re waiting to reach that perfect size to wear. Or, how about the kitchen cabinet stuffed with the plastic bags? Whats up with that? Like, when am I ever going to use 200 plastic bags? But we hold on to them.. Just in case.
Side Note: If you’re feeling that this post doesn’t apply to you, keep in mind that clutter doesn’t have to be physical, a lot of it is mental too.
I’m here to let you know right now that it absolutely does. Clutter can literally block your blessings! I know that sounds crazy, but hear me out..
Think about when you look at that clutter. How does it make you feel? Do you feel excited by the clutter? Energized by it? Doubt it. The idea of having to take the little time you have left to clean up that pile probably annoys you, and, maybe even leaves you feeling a little anxious. The worst is when you have these areas of clutter and you need to find something, I know you’ve been there before, and that’s just unnecessary stress.
Sometimes, we have an emotional attachment to the clutter without realizing it. Things that we just kind of let linger around because we haven’t found a dedicated space for them. So they sit there, and the pile just gets bigger and bigger until we’re freaking out because, well, our house is a mess. Or, it might be that we spent a lot of money on something, and we just can’t imagine that we’ve ringed it free of its worth.
I always say that our dominate living spaces are a reflection of how our lives are going and 9.999999 out of 10 times, I’m right. Take a look at where you spend most of your time. Your car, your home, your workspace...your thoughts. You will quickly begin to see that when your space is a mess, so are you. & when you start to clean it up, you start to gain clarity. A messy desk is not exactly the best recipe for productivity. A messy room won’t necessarily give you the most peace of mind when you’re sleeping. A messy mind will leave you indecisive and impulsive.
I’m not saying you have to go home and turn your house upside down and start throwing everything away. I’m just encouraging you to start somewhere. Grab a pile and start to work through it, and just begin to notice how good it feels to let things go. Notice that little energy boost you get, that pep in your step, maybe throw on some music and just get to decluttering. Don’t try to finish it all in a day, you’ll end up frustrated which will defeat the purpose of finding some peace in your spaces. As you start, grab that gratitude journal I told you about, just in case. De-cluttering has a tendency to flood your mind with good ideas, thoughts, and memories.
For my Law of Attraction Metaphysical Peeps: Clearing clutter allows you to shift into flow. You will be better in tune with the Universe to receive and to give. New things will have the ability to flow into your life in the form of ideas, people, money, etc. Clearing clutter allows for those things that are more in line with your soul and your true desires to make their way into your life.
Get rid of it: Don’t use it? Still have the tags? Expired? Don’t know where it came from? OMGosh.. let. It. Go. I found pictures from students whose names I can’t even put a face with… pitch it.
Prioritize your to-do list: This is a good one for mental clutter. Make a list of the things you need to do (a brain dump) and then prioritize. I’m working on several projects right now with my business and other companies and I had to make myself sit down and really look at what was most relevant for right now, what could wait, and what was no longer necessary. I was stressing myself out trying to do a million things at once, but, what I’ve found is that if you give one task your attention, you will get it done faster and the outcome will be better.
Say goodbye to things that no longer bring you joy: If you don’t get the feel goods when you see it, pitch it. Those projects that you thought were amazing ideas that no longer excite you, let them go. The thing is, you want to do things that get you amped up. That’s when you’re going to have the most success with something. When you genuinely enjoy it. So, if you don’t love it - make the hard choice to let it go. This is beyond physical possessions as well - just make sure that you’re leaving room for things in your life that will make you feel GOOD.
Create systems: Make lists and then prioritize them, then DO THE WORK. -- Delegate tasks to team members or friends that are open to helping you, you don’t have to do it all alone. Automate as much as possible, for instance, I use social media a lot for branding so using apps like hootsuite and writing content in advance really helps my week flow easier.
Make a new routine: Maybe you will start having a cleaning day. On Sundays, I typically will cook, clean, and prep for my week. Have a layout for your goals and designate which days you will attack the subtasks that go with accomplishing that goal. -- Maybe once a month you will go through any papers you’ve accumulated. Just do something, repeatedly, to revisit and assess your clutter.
As always, let me know if you have any questions! While you’re clearing up that mess. Take a moment to check out my new eBook Mako Mindfulness: Getting The Quarter in Order. Learn everything you need to know about using and creating affirmations. I’ve included 90 to get you through the quarter. Create an amazing 2017.