Break Free of Your Clutter with These 5 Timely Tips

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Your clutter, if you’re like many people, is a significant source of stress.

This is true, whether your clutter is in your space, on your To-Do List or computer, or in your mind.

No matter what its source, when you find time to clear your clutter you are giving yourself an energizing and very practical gift. 

What do I mean by that? 

Well, for starters, your clutter is fundamentally debilitating. 

Your clutter drains you…

It makes every task take longer than it needs to, drains your energy, and can be discouraging. It may even be embarrassing, adding to your stress and decreasing your everyday satisfaction.

So, finding time for decluttering is one of the most sure-fire ways for making two vital and positive changes in your life: 

  • Decreasing your stress  and
  • Increasing your efficiency and effectiveness.

If you feel like clutter is holding you back and making your daily life more stressful and challenging than it needs to be, you are not alone.   And if you are ready to start making some changes, here are 5 suggestions for you to consider.

Tips for dealing with your clutter.

One size definitely doesn’t fit all … so feel free to tweak these suggestions to suit your preferences and needs.  This is about finding what works for YOU!

  • Break your challenge into pieces.
    Focusing on the whole of it (whatever “it” is) is bound to be overwhelming and discouraging.  If you bite off too much, you are simply sabotaging your efforts, so start small — VERY small. 
  • Communicate your goal.
    Once you have set a manageable goal, if you live with others, it’s helpful to include everyone in the effort. Communicate the goal in a friendly, non-judgmental way.  Consider making it a game, to enlist everyone’s support.  Make it fun and you’re more likely to get it done.

3 more tips to help clear your clutter.

  • Make Space
    Your clutter may be a function of not having places to put things. Whether you’re talking about the clutter in your house or in your mind, if you have places to put things where you know they’ll be accessible when you need them, you’re more likely to be able to “let go.”  Try to add shelving, reorganize closets, or maybe explore ways to create a more useful To-Do list for yourself. 
  • Pat yourself on the back.
    Always, always, always validate the effort. You are probably good at validating others’ efforts, AND it’s fundamentally important to validate your own efforts, too.  Give yourself credit when you follow through.  This energizes you and builds positive momentum.  In a very real way, it keeps you going.
  • Set boundaries.
    Be willing to set clear and consistent boundaries, and to maintain them.  If others refuse to deal with their clutter and it impacts you directly, what is a reasonable consequence? Communicate the expectation and the consequence clearly beforehand, and then follow through.  It’s very important that you create consequences that you are willing and able to carry out.  It’s also helpful to tailor them to the person you are dealing with. The expectations and consequences for your 5-year-old will be very different than for your 15-year-old, or for your partner, for that matter.

Bonus Tip…

You may also want to start a “Clutter Journal” so that you can track your progress, the challenges that crop up, and how you overcome them.

As you chip away at the chaos and create more time and space for yourself, you will be amazed to see what emerges.  That’s because clutter doesn’t only clog your space and your time. It also clogs your creativity, your energy, and your confidence.

As you start letting go of your clutter, whether it’s in your bedroom or on your To-Do List, you will find that your energy is freed up in all sorts of new and exciting ways.

Now, ask yourself: What are there other things you can do to increase your energy and responsiveness? 

More help for you…

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This time template will help you move beyond overwhelm. Using a workbook format, with room to record your answers, you will discover that 24 hours really are enough.

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