Be­come a clut­ter buster

Tackle a box at a time and step back be­fore you’re over­whelmed

Central and North Burnett Times - - MIND - with Rowena Hardy

I’M NOT sure if it was con­tin­ued post-cy­clone clear­ing, ex­tra time over Easter, the slightly cooler weather, me chan­nelling North­ern Hemi­sphere spring clean­ing or what ex­actly prompted it, but I fi­nally found the mo­ti­va­tion to sort out our “box” room. It was long over­due.

I use the term “box” but in re­al­ity it’s one of those rooms that ends up with all of the things that we’re not sure what to do with and not just boxes. Ours has our cy­clone kit, books, old let­ters, pho­tos, radiators, cur­tains, cush­ions and many other things I’d for­got­ten about and there­fore hadn’t missed.

And I re­alised that like so many things in life when it comes to de­clut­ter­ing we know we need to yet some­times we’re just not ready, don’t know where to start or don’t know what to do with all of it and it all gets a bit over­whelm­ing.

It can end up that we just shuf­fle things around from one place to an­other and then find our­selves dis­tracted by a let­ter, a photo, a book and we’re off on a jour­ney into the past.

This time, how­ever, I was more or­gan­ised and de­ter­mined and sorted things to throw away or re­cy­cle to char­ity. What also made the dif­fer­ence was that I cleared and sorted small sec­tions at a time. I or­gan­ised a box here, a shelf there and then went and did some­thing else for a while be­fore it be­came over­whelm­ing and then con­tin­ued.

‘‘ It can end up that we just shuf­fle things around from one place to an­other and then find our­selves dis­tracted by a let­ter, a photo, a book and we’re off on a jour­ney into the past.

It took me two or three days and there is still some to go but I was able to get in and clean and tidy and now the room feels lighter, clearer and with more en­ergy al­lowed to flow through. And, as a re­sult, so do I.

Al­though at times it was dif­fi­cult to de­cide what should stay and what should go, I also recog­nised that pos­ses­sions and me­men­tos, while they of­ten carry a sen­ti­men­tal value for us, are gen­er­ally mean­ing­less and unim­por­tant to oth­ers.

If you’ve ever had to clear a fam­ily mem­ber’s house you’ll know what I mean.

Per­haps from time to time we need to do some­thing sim­i­lar with our minds too; a men­tal de­clut­ter. Go within and sort through those thoughts, be­liefs, habits, mem­o­ries, grudges or what­ever and de­cide which ones can stay and which re­ally need to go be­cause we all have some that are mean­ing­less, unim­por­tant or re­dun­dant.

To do that, just like me and our box room, I sug­gest that you need to be ready and will­ing, find time and just make a start be­fore it be­comes over­whelm­ing.

What is it that needs de­clut­ter­ing in your life? Rowena Hardy is a fa­cil­i­ta­tor, per­for­mance coach and part­ner of Minds Aligned: www.mind­saligned.com.au.

PHOTO: THINKSTOCK

◗ If you find sort­ing through clut­ter over­whelm­ing, try do­ing one box or part of a wardrobe at a time over a few days.

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