Learning and exploring helps you grow and adds richness to your life. But what if you feel stagnant—like something is “off,” but you can’t identify what is keeping you from achieving your next life steps toward success? Too often we get into a rut and are blind to the clutter in our minds and homes that hold us back from clarity and growth. Getting organized can help reset your thinking and literally clear space in your mind and in your home to move forward with a new energy.
Organization isn’t just arranging objects for quick and easy accessibility. Organization is a custom-created system of tools that help promote a state of mental clarity. This clarity opens the door to efficiency—the ability to think straight! The improved focus gives us a heightened ability to succeed and dramatically influences our personal growth.
To identify the clutter in your physical space, look at your space with fresh eyes, as if you are seeing it for the first time. This may sound tough after staring at the same space, day after day, for months or even years. Try giving yourself a tour of your space. Walk slowly through the room or area and stop to explain to yourself the purpose and meaning of each piece of furniture, decorative item, or organizing tool. By considering your reason for each bookshelf, basket, or chair, you may come to understand what you need, versus what you may not need. You can take photographs of the space to see it from, quite literally, a new lens. It may even help to put the photos in black and white to help simplify what you observe. Finally, browsing design or furniture stores often sparks inspiration and can help define the features that you love—and don’t like—in a space. You’ll then return home inspired with new ideas, and this may help you better understand what you need, want, and are ready to part with. Regardless of your technique, remember to ask yourself, Could this space be transformed for optimum efficiency through organization? If that sounds overwhelming, simply take stock of your possessions. The simple act of identifying your possessions, making a list, or, at the very least, looking at your possessions with a critical eye to what’s getting in the way—can bring clarity to the areas of your home that need your attention.
It’s true—more organization in your physical surroundings changes how you experience life. Your daily morning or evening routine, paying bills, or finishing annoying paperwork may take significantly less time. What could you do with that extra time? I bet you can imagine a list of things you would rather be doing with your time than the mundane tasks of everyday life. And you’ll feel better living in the space you’re in! My clients express feeling more peaceful and productive and less overwhelmed.
You, too, can reap the profound benefits of organization. And there’s no need to wait—jump in to see where a newly organized home can bring you on your life path. Explore organizing possibilities to streamline your home and clear the space you need in your life to grow.
- Define what areas of your home cause you stress. Start organizing in the area that causes you the most stress, or has the greatest negative consequences if left unorganized. If you filed a tax extension and still need to get your taxes done, tackle paperwork first—this unfinished business takes up valuable brain space. If you have a family reunion coming up and need to find old family photos, tackle the attic first. Don’t procrastinate—jump right in!
- Tackle stagnant areas. You may be able to shut the door on these hidden clutter areas but you still know they’re there. Clear them out and free yourself of their annoying presence. Holding onto things can sometimes hold us back.
- Reflect on your current goals. Think about the life you want to lead and organize yourself to mirror that life. Do you want to be the person who can find paperwork in under a minute? Would you love to start a craft project and have everything you need at your fingertips? Are you tired of running to the store for ingredients, only to find later that you already had them in your pantry? Explore the far-reaching possibilities of a more organized you and make it happen!