I've always been a neat freak. My brother and I shared a room growing up, and it was exactly like The Odd Couple "“ he was a total slob and I had everything in its place. He would even make fun of me because I had to have all of my toy soldiers at perfect right angles!
Today, my brother works part-time at a warehouse"¦ and I've build a multi-million dollar coaching company.
I'm not saying this to be mean. Rather to point out that sometimes what people make fun of you for"¦ can end up becoming a true strength of yours!
What It Means to Declutter Your Life
Decluttering your life means 3 things:
- Removing what's not needed from your life.
- Organizing what's needed for your life.
- Having the wisdom to know the difference.
In my work at SuccessClinic.com, I've helped many coaching clients to declutter their life.
For example, one client told me that her office was so cluttered that she couldn't even see the carpet in her office!
After I showed her how important it was to declutter her life, she took action. She told me that she removed 17 garbage bags worth of clutter from her office.
And guess what"¦
In the next 90 days, she doubled her income! In fact, she made so much extra money after clearing the clutter, she ended up replacing the carpet in her office"¦ the same carpet she couldn't even see 90 days earlier. Now THAT'S the power of decluttering!
Why It's So Important to Declutter Your Life
Have you ever noticed that when you declutter your life, you feel better about yourself?
And when you clear the clutter from your office, you can think more clearly?
Think back to the last time your cleaned your office. Right after you did it, didn't you have some epiphany, realization, or idea that made you say, "Why didn't I think of that before?"
Bottom line: When you don't clear the clutter from your life, it's awfully hard for better things to come in.
Here's What I'd Like You To Do Now"¦
- Choose one area in your home or office that you'd like to declutter.
- Go through that area one section at a time.
Contrary to popular belief, you don't actually "clean your office".
What you actually do is declutter the top of your desk, your filing cabinet, your computer, your desk drawers, your supply cabinet"¦
See what I mean? When you think about "cleaning your office", you might feel an immediate sense of panic or overwhelm. Don't do that.
Instead, focus on one area at a time "“ say, the top of your desk. Look at each item on your desk and make a simple decision:
- Do I need this?
- Why? What am I going to DO with it?
- Does it have to be here (as opposed to somewhere else)?
- Does this item GIVE me energy or TAKE AWAY from my energy?
Remove everything that doesn't GIVE you energy.
Now you may find that clutter is affecting you a lot more than you think. That's one of the ways that what I call "head trash" shows up in our lives.