Imagine this scenario. It’s Saturday evening. Friends are coming over for a get-together. Busy with preparation, you rush around to make sure all is perfect.
It’s been a while since you’ve had anyone over. Life has been busy, and you hadn’t even noticed all the clutter lying around. With little time to spare, you quickly shove everything into the closet.
You don’t want anyone to see the mess, so you hurry to conceal it. Rather than clear it away, it’s shoved to the side. Thankfully it’s hidden behind closed doors. When out of sight, it’s out of mind. But, is it really?
Items hidden in the closet are less likely to be removed. Out of view, they’re easily forgotten. If clutter isn’t consciously cleared away, it builds up quickly. More and more comes. In need of space, it’s shoved in the closet and piled on top. Eventually, every closet is full.
Rummaging through closets to find basic items is mentally draining. It’s hard to remember what’s there, let alone find what you’re looking for. Rather than search aimlessly, it’s easier to run out and pick up things you don’t really need. Thus, you end up with more and more clutter.W
Busyness is similar to physical clutter. It builds up quickly. The tendency is to push things to the side. Task piled on top of task makes it hard to find time for important things in life.
- Live a life free of clutter to make room for the best version of yourself.
- Take an honest assessment of how you spend your time.
- Make a list of priorities.
- Start by clearing away physical clutter. (Clothes that don’t fit, shoes you don’t wear, books you never read)
- Next, clear away mental clutter. (Busyness, stress, worry)
- After clearing away clutter in your life, there should be extra space.
- Now, block off time to do things you’ve put off for a long time. Start with small steps and be consistent.
If you want to be the best version of yourself, keep mental and physical clutter to a minimum. If not cleared away at onset, it builds up. It’s great to free up mental and physical space, but be sure you have something positive to put in its place.
Make room to do what you love, love what you do, and live a life of purpose.
Julie Barbera, author of the forthcoming book, Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection
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