Do you find it difficult to concentrate at work, in your office? Are you overwhelmed by the jobs you have to do around your home, have you bills, letters and other items just cluttering up your environment. Well if this sounds like you, you might really benefit from having a de-clutter.
This post in part follows on from a previous post I did on ‘Pruning your Life’, in which I talked about cutting all the deadwood from your life, getting rid of all the non productive activities and removing negative people and influences that are holding you back from being where you want to be in your life.
I have been reading two books recently, the first; Ask and It is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks, find out more about these best selling authors and the teachings of Abraham here. The second book I have mentioned before is the Power of Less by Leo Babauta, Leo is the author of top ten blog Zen Habits check it our here.
Top Tip: Whilst I am on the subject of reading two books at the same time I would highly recommend you try this once in a while. My old University lecturer said that I should do it, to which I thought he was mad. But actually reading more than one book, which are similar in subject but have a different perspective can actually help develop the mind. It encourages independent thinking, thought formulation and imagination overload (in a good way )
Back to ‘Ask and it is Given’. The book is an essential read for anyone starting out with the Law of Attraction. Not only is it written beautifully but the book is full of processes and techniques that you can start to implement and allow the law of attraction into your life. There are no less then 22 Processes to select and experiment with and you will have so much fun putting these processes in action.
Process #14 is The Process of Clearing Clutter for Clarity.
In this process we are told by Abraham to follow the following simple steps.
- Buy cardboard storage boxes
- Number the boxes
- Place items in the boxes which are NOT needed in your immediate life experience
- Make a list of what you have put in your box, to help you find your items later.
- Place your full boxes in your garage, attic, basement out of the way.
- Set a time limit for when you will return to your box i.e, 3 week, a month, 6 week
- After your agreed set time, go back to your box and then deal with what is in your box. If you haven’t needed the item decide whether you will discard, recycle, sell or give to charity or other friend or family.
The great thing about this technique is the sense of accomplishment and achievement when you visually see a less cluttered environment. if you don’t know what I mean by this feeling, consider the feeling you may have had when you have successfully cut the grass and the garden looks great, or when you have emptied your wardrobe of old clothes.
You might want to think about this process when you are:
- feeling stress due to your disorganisation
- when you regularly can’t find an item
- When you don’t want people to visit you at home
- When you prefer to be anywhere else but at home or your office
- When you don’t have time to fulfil your goals…(because you have to clean before you start!!!)
Once you have completed this de-cluttering exercise and to ensure you don’t end up in a similar cluttered environment again in the near future. You might want to do some or all of the following:
- Schedule regular declutter sessions in to you diary whether its 15 minutes a day, once a week, one weekend a month, schedule it now, make it a date and stick to it.
- As soon as you buy a new item, designate it a home for it. (Item not designated a home will float around your home for ever more. BE WARNED!!)
- Reduce you desires and temptations to buy new items. Leo Babauta, recommends we should keep a list of our desires, date the desire and then keep it on the list for 30 days, if after 30 days you still desire the item go get your ‘thing’ if you don’t, yourimpulse desire and want will have passed. WELLDONE!!
The benefits of a clutter free home is less stress, less visual distraction and less time to procrastinate. The simpler your environment, the more calming your experience will be in it. Your home, office and work place will become more appealing. People are naturally drawn to simple, minimalistic rooms and homes. Consider the use of a show home to sell a house, the clean decor, the tidy furnishings, the empty drawers. Clutter free homes are easier to clean and vacuum and easier to de-clutter in the future.
I hope you enjoyed this post, good luck if you take up the de-clutter challenge. Leave me a comment below and let me know what your experience of de-cluttering has been for you.
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