Discard what keeps you stuck and create order out of chaos
SPRING is here and I have been embarking on some spring-cleaning at our place. I’m happy to admit that it’s pretty rare for me to do that on a large scale unless we have guests staying.
This time it’s as a result of having had the interior completely repainted by professionals and they have just finished. That required us to clear each room in turn and created the opportunity to change things around as we chose a whole new colour scheme. We both remarked how much brighter the rooms felt as we worked through them and enjoyed the process of deciding what would stay and what would not and how we put each room back together.
We love the result, which seems to have created a lightness and harmony in our surroundings, like breathing a sigh of relief, or a cool breeze on a muggy summer’s day, yet it was different when it came time to reassemble my home office over the weekend.
Apart from all of the personal paperwork that seems to accumulate over time, running a business requires us to keep our financial information for up to seven years, and what with other files, stationery supplies, reference books and manuals, it all mounts up. So I admit I was feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of sorting through all of the physical clutter because I’m normally very organised.
And then it dawned on me that the cupboard I was clearing was similar to mental clutter (mine anyway); I think we all have busy brains now and then and there are times when it can become overwhelming. So much information coming at us and not knowing what to focus on first can drive us to distraction, literally, and probably procrastination.
It clicked once I realised that and I made sure that I took time on each step, discarded what was no longer needed and had plenty of breaks and moments to appreciate how much progress I had made.
Gradually what had seemed like chaos became order. I compare it to when I put together a workshop, presentation or
We all have busy brains now and then and there are times when it can become overwhelming
article; I gather loads of information so that I’m familiar with the topic, do lots of pondering and evaluation, capture the detail into one document then cull it back to the most relevant bits – information hoarding then decluttering if you like; creating order from chaos.
How often do we do a mental and emotional declutter, taking time to slow our minds, ponder what is relevant and helpful and discard what keeps us stuck?
SPRING CLEAN: Take time for a mental and emotional declutter as well.