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Clutter--A Space Issue
It seems that no matter where I'm speaking the question most often asked of me is, "What do I do about clutter?" It is a true dilemma for so many people. There are two types of clutter that I always address: physical and mental clutter. I believe that our inner world reflects our outer world and vice versa. If one area of clutter is addressed and resolved, most likely the other area will be resolved.
Our physical stuff becomes clutter when it lacks a proper "home". We value it enough to keep it, but not enough to give it a good home. When our stuff starts to clog a small space it gets moved to a bigger space-- the garage, attic, or basement--- where it hides out for years, mostly unnoticed. Until, of course, that space becomes clogged and it's very noticeable. Physical clutter is a space issue.
Mental clutter-- resentment, jealousy, guilt, frustration, depression, and worry—shows up in our behavior and interactions with others. Mental clutter "clogs" our ability to relate well, to connect to our souls, to feel grateful, and to be fulfilled and joyful in life. It can go unnoticed until a crisis occurs and then it's brought to the forefront. Mental clutter, then, is an internal space issue.
Both physical and mental clutter represent chaotic energy. This kind of energy drains us and causes exhaustion and stress. We carry the weight of our stuff around with us all day, whether or not we're looking at it or dealing with it.
When we say, "I need my space!" we do so for a reason. We can't function well in cramped or clogged places for long periods of time. We need to stretch and breathe. Julie Andrews and the opening scene of The Sound of Music come to my mind when I think of spaciousness. We want freedom; freedom from the heaviness! Whether it's physical or mental clutter that's bogging us down we innately know that the resolution lies in the spaciousness.
It's in the spaciousness that we find what we're really seeking; peace of mind, calm, contentment, ease, lightness and happiness. It's here that we connect to Spirit. We let go of the ego demands for something more or better. We are satisfied with what is and reacquaint ourselves with our natural state--no outside searching required. But what do we need to do to seek this inner spaciousness?
To dig out from under the weight of physical clutter it's important to implement these practices regularly:
***Have homes ready for everything you bring into your home
***Purge file cabinets, closets, bureaus, and cabinets
***At every seasonal change make it a family tradition to give to a charity
***Create a family mission statement to include living clutter free
***Ask yourself "What's really important?
***Rethink your value system
To move beyond mental clutter and create inner space incorporate these practices into your lifestyle:
***Let go of control
***Choose love not fear
***Be in service to another
Being organized requires a lifestyle shift. Understanding how to implement techniques and tips is a beginning, but we need to go deeper. We need to learn to let go of the conditioning that has been directing our behavior and attitudes. If we could let go of the power of "needing more", the seduction of "what's next", and the influence of "getting to there" and stay present we would know this beautiful inner spaciousness on a more regular basis.
What will you do today to rise above clutter and seek this natural gift that is available to you every moment?
I'd love to hear your thoughts and opinions.
posted on: 5/8/2008 12:00:00 PM by Maggie McCauley
category: The Mental Side
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Maggie McCauley, ACC, LICSW, The Effortless Organizing Coach, is the president of "A New View". She takes a holistic approach to organizing coaching her clients to create new habits that promote overall well-being, a sense of freedom and peace of mind.
My Favorite Books
- The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
- It's Hard To Make A Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys by Marilyn Paul
- Organize With Confidence by Elizabeth Hagen
- The Secret Of Letting Go by Guy Finley
- Life Is Short--Wear Your Party Pants by Loretta La Roche
- The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
- The Seven Whispers by Christina Baldwin
- Loving What Is by Byron Katie
- Making A Change For Good by Cheri Huber
- "Happiness Now!" by Robert Holden, PhD.