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Conscious Practice

“The hard must become habit. The habit must become easy. The easy must become beautiful.”     – Doug Henning –

I really like this quote. The process he describes is so essential to creating anything beautiful in your life. It’s practice practice practice, then “it” becomes habit and beauty will follow inevitably.

For more on this subject I recommend reading this blog by Leo Babauta. Enjoy!

 

 

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.

 

 

 

What exactly is clutter and how does it effect us?

Clear Your Clutter – Clearing clutter is the first step in order to organize a space and bring more clarity.

So, what exactly is clutter and how does it affect us?

Here is what the dictionary says:

clut·ter  n.

1. A confused or disordered state or collection; a jumble: sorted through the clutter in the attic.

2. A confused noise; a clatter.

v. clut·tered, clut·ter·ing, clut·ters v.tr.

1. To fill or spread over in a disorderly manner: Boxes cluttered the garage.

2. To make disorderly or hard to use by filling or covering with objects: I cluttered up my desk with old memos.

[Probably from Middle English cloteren, to clot, from clot, lump, from Old English clott.]

Note the word “confused”. The verb “clot” is defined as:

clot – change from a liquid to a thickened or solid state

Both words describe all too well what happens when clutter accumulates. Things get confusing and stuck.  In Feng Shui terms: clutter starts piling up when the energy of a space and/or person stagnates.  And vice versa, the more clutter accumulates the less good energy flows and the lower the energy level.

“Oh, baloney”, I here the skeptics say. Okay, think about this:

Have you ever been in a very messy cluttered house or room? How did you feel? All dandy, happy and full of energy? Or rather confused, tired and sluggish?

Or think about the last time you looked for that certain something and could not find it. How did it make you feel? Did it interrupt the important work you were doing? Did you loose your focus? Did you finally have enough wasting your time searching, got a bit agitated and jumped in the car rushing to the next store to get another one?

In short, clutter can confuse us. It can hold us back.  Be it on a physical level, wasting time and money or on a mental/emotional level, creating negative thoughts and energy.  Clutter reflects the inner state of the people who create it and in return has a negative effect on those who live with it.

How can we make a change to the better?

There are two ways: from the inside out or from the outside in.

From the inside out meaning, you can start analyzing yourself and go on a journey of self-discovery. Eventually this method will show results in your “outer world” as well and you most likely will start cleaning up your mess. By all means if you would like to do that, do it. I am all for self-discovery and self-improvement, everybody should do it. However, there is another way, from the outside in, meaning you start by clearing your clutter. Do it and see what happens. See what tremendous impact it can have on yourself and your life. Start NOW, it is easier than you might think.