Become a clutter buster
Tackle a box at a time and step back before you’re overwhelmed
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.
◗ If you find sorting through clutter overwhelming, try doing one box or part of a wardrobe at a time over a few days.