THE ORGANISE PRO INNER CIRCLE DEFINITION OF CLUTTER
Before you start thinking about decluttering, you first need to understand what the word “clutter” really means.
“Clutter means any item that you possess in your living or work space that has served its life purpose for you, that currently has no useful value to you. Your clutter is still called clutter even if it is hidden from view and hasn’t seen the light of day for many years.”
Clutter is the root of much evil, and can cause your life to feel overwhelming and dark, because its presence makes your space physically dark and inhospitable. The presence of clutter creates shadows in your space. I believe that clutter also casts off negative energy. Your clutter-free space emanates light, openness, and positive energy, and is a haven for you and your family.
So it follows that decluttering is the gateway to your inner and outer peace and focus.
In my book “Organise Your Home Like a Pro” you will learn in-depth methods how to finally part with your clutter and stay focused on your goals, and not get side-tracked…
Now that you understand how important it is to declutter, for your inner and outer focus and success let’s focus on some top tips to help yourself stay focused.
HOW DO YOU STAY FOCUSED AND DECLUTTER SUCCESSFULLY ONCE AND FOR ALL?
BANISH YOUR INNER CRITIC
Do you really really want to part with your clutter? Does your inner critic, (read inner enemy) sabotage your best efforts at getting cracking? Studies have found that as humans we are wired to naturally focus on the negative. For many of my clients, this is magnified. My clients can easily rattle off endless lists of their mistakes and, well, clutter, but find it really difficult to relate their successes.
If you find yourself nodding along please understand that the very first step to staying decluttering and of course being able to focus is to banish your inner critic and replace it with your inner friend.
Imagine your friend was complaining to you about her clutter. You would most probably find it very easy to comfort and reassure her. Why oh why is it so very difficult if not impossible to comfort yourself? Why do you keep beating yourself up about your clutter to the point that you can’t even focus on your decluttering, and you give up?
This then becomes a terribly vicious negative spiral.
Make the time to focus on and celebrate your achievements, no matter how small and insignificant. If you have managed to part with even one small item successfully, focus on this, tell your friends, celebrate your achievements.
You have so much to declutter. Do you find it difficult to enter some rooms of your house? Has your spouse delivered an ultimatum? Do your children vocally tell you that they refuse to invite their friends over?
You may be tempted to start to declutter a large area. Please understand that if you do so, then you are doomed to failure. Decluttering is a skill just like any other. Start with small steps. Then build up. Create small successes, then focus on your big goal.
Start with the area that is bothering you the most. It can be an entire room or a single drawer. Tackling this area head on will motivate you to continue. You can also start with an area that will impact your daily life the most.
LISTEN TO INSPIRING MUSIC AS YOU DECLUTTER
When the task gets boring, and overwhelming you may find yourself getting discouraged and giving up.
It is scientifically proven that when you listen to inspiring music while you declutter this will help you to stay motivated. Be aware that when you listen to music with words, your conscious brain has to work double as hard. It has to filter out the words, and then help you concentrate on the task at hand. Try listening to music without lyrics to improve your focus.
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