No matter how many self development books you read, how many life coaching and business programs you buy into, or how badly you want to make changes in your life, things aren’t going to miraculously happen or change if you are living with clutter. If you have clutter, it is holding you back.
You need lots of clear, open space in order to think clearly and to have the energy and confidence it takes to grow personally and professionally.
When you don’t eliminate and simplify on a regular basis, then clutter and disorganization sneaks up on you fast. Really fast! Running a home is as demanding as running a business. Add in your obsession with running your small business from home and it can turn into a recipe for even more inner and outer chaos. Clutter exacerbates the feeling of being pulled in too many directions. I know you want to take care of your family, take good care of yourself, enjoy your work, and live a happy, fulfilling life with as much ease and fun as possible.
You know how it feels when your home is clean and clutter free.
I don’t have to tell you that it makes you feel calm, confident, more focused, and you are just a better person to be around. You already know this. That’s why you gather things up, tucking them away out of your immediate sight. You may use a bag, a box, or simply stack things in a neat pile. Or maybe you just toss the stuff on the other side of your bed or in your closet or in the guest bedroom. It’s an innocent act often used when we just don’t have the time to deal with our things properly. The problem arises when we don’t deal with it for a few weeks, then a few months, and before you know it, it’s been years since you had a good old fashioned – every single area in the house – purging.
No matter the size of the clutter accumulation and whether it is in your direct line of vision or not, it drains your energy. When you acknowledge it you will probably feel that invisible weight on your shoulders and your body probably deflates a bit. If this is true, then it’s time de-clutter, pass things on, re-organize and beautify spaces in your home.
Getting organized doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, it is simpler than you may think.
I know you are busy with life in general and with your business, so here are a few organizing tips to help you get started:
- Choose one day per week to spend a few hours going through your things. I mean really going through them. Pull things out. Make a mess. Find as many things as possible that you can throw away or donate. Tidy the area up and come back to it each week until you are done. Then rotate to another area.
- When your mind starts creating scenarios of need in the form of “what if… I need it”, then don’t think you have listen to it. Keep items that are beautifying your space and items you absolutely enjoy using because those are the things you naturally end up turning to the most often.
- Keep in mind, that the fewer things you have to take care of, then the more time you have to develop healthy relationships with your family & friends, the more time you can spend on yourself, and the more positive energy, plus productivity you will bring into your business.
Feeling sane, confident, and watching your personality shine through is the real payoff. The visually appealing results are just the bonus.
Don’t believe me? Take a look around at some of the amazingly successful, happy, and confident small business entrepreneurs around you. Go ahead and ask them if they maintain clear, organized spaces. They are human, too. They have to stop and clear out their space, just like everyone else. I do, too. I have no doubt it affects every other area of their life, because it has a dramatic effect on how I show up for everything I do.
It’s no miracle that the change you want to see in your business and life starts showing up when you let go.
It’s because you have created the space to grow. The self development books, life coaching, and business programs are truly invaluable when you don’t have something like clutter holding you back from all that potential inside of you.
How about you? Does clutter make you feel crazy? Do spacious, appealing, organized spaces make you feel really good? Can you feel the difference of how you show up in business and in life when your home feels amazing vs. when it needs some de-cluttering TLC?