Is Clutter Holding You Back From Business Success…YES!

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?

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Melody Granger is a Professional Organizer based in Grand Lake, Louisiana. Melody is the creator of the “Get It Done! Yourself” Private Organizing Coaching program where she guides, motivates, and provides support for women when they are beyond ready to de-clutter and re-organize their homes. Your life and business is just beginning to get even better. Are you ready? Visit www.melodygranger.com to watch videos, get organizing tips, and to find time to get it all done.

Comments

  1. Yes! I have seen the power first hand of what can happen when you start to eliminate the clutter… and fast too!

    Great article Melody!

  2. Thanks for this!

    It has often been said that our external environment is a reflection of our internal world. This is true; it’s also true that what happens around us can powerfully affect how we feel, our energy level and our motivation.

    I wrote an article for my Wealthy Bohemian blog about getting rid of clutter, and specifically donating items I didn’t need anymore to Goodwill. (http://WealthyBohemian.com/?p=1322)

    I’ve since undertaken to make my life paperless — or as close to it as I can manage. This is one area where technology can help: Many things which can be scanned and stored digitally can be gotten rid of.

    And like many people, I have mounds of paper surrounding me at the moment.

    Of course, then we have to be sure to keep our computers & hard drives neat & tidy… Happily, we have the “find” function to help us out. :)

    Kevin

    • Hey Kevin, I checked out your blog post and you cracked me up at the end! (still giggling over it)

      Paper is the most tedious thing of all time in my opinion. I’ve actually helped a couple peeps scan every single document in their office…including company manuals, just so they could work from home if needed and not have to worry about storing duplicate copies of everything in their house. Backing up is a must if you are going to do all that work. Or it will all literally be for nothing. It takes a brave soul to go paperless and actually throw away the paper. Technology is making it so much easier. Good luck with your paperless lifestyle, Kevin;-)

  3. Great post and great timing. I’ve just moved into a new home, where I also will be working, and have been dilligently working to keep the clutter out.

    It’s one little step at a time, things like

    Put the dishes in the washer right away
    File receipts and invoices immediately
    Put that stack of business cards into a box
    Throw away the coffee cup after I’ve finished
    Don’t stack mail in a pile, just go through it
    etc.

    Those are just a few examples, but I’ve found the more that I think to do these things, and physically make myself do them, the easier it gets.

    I also continue to find new things each day that I can do to keep my clutter down and keep my space clean and organized.

    Thanks for the tips!

    Bret

    • Hey Bret,

      Ohhhh, moving is a HUGE motivator to keep the clutter out. Good for you!

      Setting up a smooth flow for the next step with your paperwork will keep you in line should ever not put something away immediately.

      But, definitely keep practicing because before you know it, it will be like you said… the easier it gets. It becomes a mindless habit.

      Thanks for chiming in, Bret!

      Melody

  4. Here’s a declutter tip I accidentally discovered: If you are like me and often find *creative* and *alternative* uses for essentially useless stuff, and generating MORE craft projects while trying to declutter…

    Schedule your decluttering time about 1.5 hours before bedtime. Something magical happens at night when you don’t really want to be decluttering and have the time deadline: You suddenly get CRYSTAL CLEAR on what you will and won’t use again, what to donate, what to toss, etc.

    Once I started doing this, that “maybe I should save this” voice in my head turned into…

    “Who am I kidding, I don’t have time for that project!”

    “What was I thinking saving this?!?”

    “I’ve kept this for 5 years and only touch it when I’m decluttering…time to GOOOOOO!”

    I found myself being much more focused decluttering at night than I am during the day. During the day, I see all kinds of creative possibilities and alternate uses for stuff I would otherwise recycle or donate. At night, particularly in that 1.5 hour window before bedtime, I get ruthless…and it’s relatively painless. ;)

    Hope that helps someone like it has helped me!

    Many blessings,
    Nancy

    • hahaha, Nancy! Nice tip.

      My personal experience of “cleaning or de-cluttering” when I am tired or pressured for time is to trash it or drop in my ‘always present’ donation bag. It you’re really, really, really love it, then you’ll be motivated to find a home for it and use it!

  5. Great post! You are right on. Clearing office clutter is one of the quickest and most effective ways to get your business moving. And it doesn’t cost anything! It’s too bad that businesses don’t encourage their employees to do this on a regular basis. But definitely if you work for yourself, what are you waiting for?

    • Tisha,

      Yes! If you are your own boss, then have a mandatory cleaning & organizing day.

      Some companies have a mandatory “clean & organize” your office day every 6 months to 1 year. Far more companies don’t require this and I wish they would.

  6. Good timing on this post Melody! I just tidied up my work area the other day and it always feels so good. I found a whole bunch of stuff relating to a direction I had planned for my business and have since ditched. Getting it out of my office not only helped to clean things up physically but mentally. Out with the old and on with the new :)

    • Good for you Martina! You’re definitely right about it not only helping physically, but mentally, too. Thanks for sharing your de-cluttering experience! Happy New Year, Melody

  7. Thank you, this was deep,man…er… Melody.

    I think I’m going to print this bold line out and put it on my mirror…or would that look cluttery? haha

    “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.”

    I just realized that some of the crap I’ve been carrying around for years, like journals, are a total clue to me not letting go. And why would I want to hold on to that?! They weren’t gratitude journals,they were more like my canon of confusion. I’m recycling them today! Thanks for helping me with the closure!

    • Yeah Man (er Kelly!) You create the space to grow. Don’t you dare clutter up your mirror! Now, if you want to frame it and hang it on your wall in your office, then by all means Do It!

      LOL, canon of confusion journals…just think, if that’s what the journals looked like, then your mind must have been on fire and ready to explode! Glad you relieved the pressure and put it on paper. It’s definitely okay to recycle them.

  8. great article Melody! i just moved into a new place too and having that fresh start is such a great motivator to get organized :)

  9. Congrats on the new place & a fresh start, Elsa. I’m sure it is beautiful, too, since you are a fashionista queen!

  10. Clutter is an ugly sight and we can’t seem to live without those either but often cleaning and organizing keeps the clutters away. A cluttered workplace is never the right place to work since one feels distracted and disturbed whereas a clutter free work place increases positive energy so whether its our home or our work place we should encourage the habit of living a clutter free life.

  11. Absolutely agree with you Gary!

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