Friday, February 6, 2015

Take Time: Organize and Declutter

Do you feel like there's too much chaos in your life? Do you feel restless and unsettled? Does your life lack peace, but you can't figure out why?

Maybe the answer lies in your surroundings. 

We're so busy running from one thing to another in life that we don't take time to organize the clutter. Better yet, eliminate it. 

Last summer I became overwhelmed with all the stuff that surrounds me. We've lived in our house 19 years, and some closets and drawers haven't been cleaned out since the stuff was stashed there in 1995.

I went on a cleaning spree!

Multiple trips were made to Goodwill. Many bags were taken to recycling and another series of bags taken to the trash bin. 

It felt good.

It felt peaceful!  

In his book, Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat, Peter Walsh says, "Finding your way out of clutter helps you take control of your life."

There is a sense of empowerment when your environment is clean. 

When your environment is clean it’s peaceful and enjoyable to be in, it becomes a comfortable place to spend time and relax. And don't we need to do that in our hurried lives?

Your home or work environment should make you feel happy and encouraged. It should be a positive place; your hideaway from the world. 

I want to encourage you to declutter your space, organize your papers, recycle, throw away and get rid of things you don't need or use. 

Truly, your health does depend on it. Emotional and physical health are connected, so take control!

Peter Walsh, Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat:
If you're cheating yourself out of a happy home, then you're sabotaging your own life. You aren't making choices that serve your goals. So why in the world would you expect yourself to stay true to a plan to clean up your food habits? If you don't respect yourself enough to create a happy space to live, then how can you treat your body with the honor and respect it deserves? 

As Americans, we have excessive amounts of stuff. Do we really need it? Look around and see what you can live without and get rid of it. Then look around again and get rid of some more. Repeat again! 

My dad recommends the book 100 Thing Challenge: How I Got Rid of Almost Everything, Remade My Life and Regained My Soul by Dave Bruno. Bruno tells how he lived with 100 things for one year in an effort to disconnect from consumerism. 

As you eliminate the non-essentials from your environment you will lighten your stuff-load and you'll feel lighter and happier yourself.

I highly recommend Peter's book, Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat as well as Bruno’s book. You will be challenged by these men!

What one area can you begin with today to start clearing the clutter? One drawer, one cupboard, one pile of papers. Tell us in the comment section, then let us rejoice with you when you accomplish it!

Need a place to start? Do a search on Pinterest or Google for "organize" or "declutter" for tons of great ideas.

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