Rid Yourself of the Clutter
Have you ever heard the saying “Cluttered desk, cluttered mind”? It’s a fact, if your environment is messy and cluttered, it’s virtually impossible to get a clear and concise idea in your mind without being distracted.
Now is the time to take control of the things in your life that prevent you from being the person you were intended to be. Clutter is more than just stacks of papers or closets overstuffed with clothing and shoes. It is often a lifestyle that tends to stifle creative thinking and living.
Take inventory, not just of the “things” in your life, but of your life as a whole. What are the top 5 priorities in your life? How much time do you spend on each of them? If you find yourself engaging more time in other things that simply don’t matter, then it is time for a change.
There are emotional consequences that come with letting physical clutter take over your life. It can become very difficult to get individual tasks completed because there are so many tasks that now appear to have piled up. That great idea or invention God placed inside of you cannot be developed because so many other things are stealing your attention. You become stagnant. Progress is halted while someone in the world is waiting for your ideas to come to fruition and change their lives for the better.
Procrastination is the thief of time. This is the only today you get! Do it now. Waiting and putting things off for another time is how the clutter got created. When you have completed the task you will wonder why you didn’t just get it done in the first place and you will feel accomplished and energized for the next project at hand. You will also be surprised how much time you will gain.
Getting organized isn’t as hard as some might think. There are a few key steps to keep in mind and you can use the same method for anything you want to whittle down.
First, take inventory of what you have and what has it helped you accomplish.
Second, enlist the help of someone who will be honest with you and help you to discern how it would benefit you if you kept, gave or trashed a possession. Also to help keep you on task if you should become distracted and start the re-accumulation of stuff.
Third, decide where you want to donate or send your things and make arrangements for pick-ups or drop-offs. This will solidify that these items will not come back to your possession and it allows you to sow into someone’s life that may be less fortunate and may truly have a use for those items. With arrangements made in advance, you’ll know that someone is counting on you and will be more inclined to follow through.
In order to make room for the things your heart desires, you need to let go of the things that have served their purpose in their season. This principle not only serves you in ridding yourself of clutter in your home but also in your life as well. Make a conscious decision to live a clutter free life.
Dessina is a nurse and freelance writer living in York, South Carolina.