Tag Archives: De-cluttering

Ten Minutes a Day

Going around the house for just 10-15 minutes every day picking up and straightening things can help you keep some general order. Make it a pleasant time of day. Put on some music you like or have your coffee/tea while you do it. Try to enjoy it, it’s possible.

Also, make it a habit to never leave things behind when you go from one area of your house to another. Is there anything that belongs in a different room? Pick it up and take it along the minute you see it, don’t put it off. After a while, it becomes second nature and you don’t even have to think about it. And it really helps to keep a general order. Easy.

Clearing Your Clutter – Success Story

The following is an excerpt from a blog by North Star at Home Based Business. For the full version go to:

http://www.northstarathomebasedbusiness.com/home-business-management/declutter-your-home-based-small-business-quickly/

 

Let it inspire you to get started with your own de-cluttering today!

Life will get so much better.

 

Here comes the re-blog:

 

Interesting research indicates that a cluttered space in your top home business can slow the brain and cause it to be less creative. Oh, I know of people who have so much clutter in their space – they swear it helps them to feel more creative. But studies have proven that when people work in an organized home based small business environment, they are indeed more creative and more effective. I’ve actually taken a pledge to un-clutter my top home based business space and keep it uncluttered. In August of this year, I took three days to REALLY organize my office and the one space in my home I was allowed to keep cluttered.  I should note, my husband is an amazing man and works to keep the house “clutter-free.” I was allowed one space in my closet and my office to do whatever I wanted. His efforts to de-clutter in those spaces was not appreciated by me – and he eventually learned to stay away!

However, I began reading studies about having a cluttered work space, or clutter in the office of your work from home company and the results were startling. Feng Shui followers swear energy cannot flow in clutter. The theory states that if there is clutter, there can be no creative energy, no attracting energy, no abundant energy and that the room or space stagnates. I decided to see if by de-cluttering my space, I would become more effective, more energetic, more creative, more wealthy, and more calm. The three days in August where I put aside all the pressing projects I had looming and seriously focused on getting rid of the clutter – was quite frankly, difficult and put me outside my comfort zone.

While I had never really enjoyed the clutter, it had not bothered me enough to do anything about it. Granted there were times when I would spend literally hours trying to find where I had put a piece of critical at home based business information, it just never occurred to me to take the time to get organized. I always felt like I didn’t have the time – ironic isn’t it. I had the time to search endlessly for misplaced information, but I didn’t have the time to put things in their home. Yes, I said home. I have come to learn that things need to have their own “home.” Once you’ve named the “home” for the item, it is easy to make sure it always is at home. Since I took the pledge in August to get myself and keep myself organized here are my results.

I get far more accomplished each day. I rarely spend time trying to find anything – I know where most things are and when I use something, I put it back “home”. That way, it is always there when I need it. My to-do list is always where I need it to be so that I can add to it at the end of the day and check off things as they are accomplished. My top home based business income has tripled. Yes. I said tripled. Why? I think it is because I am more focused on doing the actual productive work. I enjoy being in my office, and I never have a sense of things “un-done” weighing in on me.

Before I leave my office each night, I plan my make money from home activities of the week or the next day, I take stock of my home based small business accomplishments for the current day, and I clean my desk off.

I’ve cleaned out my closet space as well and gave away clothes I no longer wore. Interestingly, I have since replaced some of the space with great new classic outfits that suit me much better than the stuff that was stuffing my closet.

The point is, I have noticed new energy, new abundance, new customers, new projects, new ideas, and new processes have flown into my life and business home internet marketing operation. Is it because I de-cluttered? I think it is.

 

 

 

Letting Go

“Things pass, and the best thing we can do is to let them really go away.” -Paulo Coelho-

That goes for many things, life circumstances, sometimes even relationships. Think about why you are hanging on to “things” that seem to have no relevance in your life any more (or never had). Let them go, make room for “the new”, let change happen, live your life!

Storage Rentals – Hello Pack Rats

The following is an article that was published in the NYT. Think about it. Why do we spend so much money and energy on storing things?

“11 million US households currently rent storage space, an increase of 90% since 1995, even as the size of new US houses has grown and the size of the US family has shrunk. The last 2 years close to a million more households have joined the ranks of storage renters, there is now more than two billion square feet of rental storage space in the US, earning more than $22 billion gross revenue in 2006.”

www.nytimes.com

Bigger houses, smaller families, and they still want more space. Storage units enable pack rats and help others control their clutter.

The above statistic is a few years old. So by now the numbers are most likely bigger. Are you renting storage space? Do you know what’s in your storage space? Or has it been so long you can’t remember? Do you really need those things? Why are you holding on to it? Clear your storage, save money, gain clarity, move on.

Clutter Clearing – Where to Get Started

Start with the area that irritates you the most. One benefit of choosing this approach is the fact that having strong feelings is usually a great motivator. It can help you to overcome the initial inertia.

If you are not sure what area of your house bothers you the most, try the following:  sit down, close your eyes and in your mind “walk” through every room. How does your body react to your mental tour around the house. Note any feelings, the good and the bad. Make sure to remember the part of the house that you had a particularly strong reaction to. Open your eyes and write it down. Isn’t it amazing how your body knows? You thought the mess didn’t bother you but your body felt it all along.

Now go to the identified room and look around. Make a list of clutter zones. Start with smaller areas (e.g. a drawer or a small cabinet) and gradually work your way up to the larger ones. That said, some people might do this and get so pumped up that they steamroll through the whole room in one session. That’s okay. Most people however need to start on a smaller scale and go from there. If that’s you, do NOT feel discouraged or bad about yourself. Don’t judge. Make progress in your own time and at your own speed. Find out when and how it is best for YOU to clear your clutter. Do you have a favorite time of the day? Also, consider how much time you have, your level of energy and your willingness to let go of things.

Most important – show intention!  Turn off the phone, don’t answer the door for the time being, focus on the task and DO IT !

Clutter Clearing – When to get started?

Spring is an excellent time for clearing clutter and getting organized. There seems to be a connection between nature’s awakening and the urge for some house cleaning. Any experience or situation that gives you a fresh perspective on things is helpful as well, e.g seeing your home with fresh eyes after you’ve been away and/or in a very different environment.

Beware though – while some form of inspiration is usually helpful, do NOT let waiting for the right moment become an excuse for not getting started.

ANYTIME IS THE RIGHT TIME!

If you are not sure, NOW is always the right time. Take responsibility for your stuff and do it. No doubt, taking the first step is difficult. The hardest challenge is to overcome the lack of energy, the inertia that keeps you from taking action. The good news is, it’s all downhill from there. It is immensely empowering to take control. Once you have started it will get easier. The more clutter you clear, the more energy you (re)gain. With every newly conquered area you will feel lighter and better. So, don’t wait any longer. Seize the moment and just do it.

Get started NOW!