Nobody likes clutter. It seems to build up so quickly, before we know it we’re buried in clutter. Cleaning up clutter can really pay off, so just do it!
Clutter Clearing Pays Off Big Time!
By Ariane Benefit
No matter how many times I experience it, it still amazes me how much weight and stress is lifted from your shoulders when you clear clutter. Clutter (defined by Webster as “disordered things that impede movement or reduce effectiveness”) affects you in so many ways that often you don’t realize how bad it was until it’s gone.
And, clearing clutter pays off financially too. For example, after spending a weekend clearing clutter from my home office, the next week I booked 7 new clients! Letting go of clutter really changes your life. And it’s not magic, either. Clutter clearing is about letting go of the past and creating a foundation of positive energy that you can work with to bring new success into your life. When things get “stuck” in my business or in my life…I know it’s time to go on a clutter hunt. It’s time to clear out things that have become stagnant and time to finish things that have been left undone.
I suspect that one of the most important things I did to attract new clients was to “edit” my active client folders which I keep in a step file on my desk. It was so full I couldn’t fit a single new folder in there! It was time to move my “graduated” clients from my desk to the file cabinet. I moved 15 folders out…and voila – I had plenty of room to add new clients! The very next day my phone started to ring.
The thing is you don’t have to believe in clutter clearing for it to work! Energy exists whether you believe in it or not. When you change the energy around you – you change your life. This is what keeps me motivated to help people clear clutter and make fresh starts. I love seeing how it truly changes their lives and makes them happier. I actually get high from it! I love helping people experience the positive energy, life skills, self-confidence and hope they experience from finally clearing clutter and learning how to deal with their stuff. It empowers them to have the life they dream of and not be stuck in the past holding on to stuff that really doesn’t serve them anymore.
So if you are in business, or if you are the CEO of your home, I challenge you to look around and find at least one item of clutter you can let go of today to give yourself a boost of positive energy. It could be cleaning out an overstuffed file, getting rid of some old catalogs that are lying around, or maybe letting an old item of clothing go. Perhaps you can ask your child to donate a few toys? How about starting a regular donation bin or bag next to your recycling center? Try putting 9 things a day in it for the next week and then donate it. See how your energy starts to change. Do this for a month, and you will have lightened your load considerably!
It doesn’t matter what you do, just start! And see for yourself how clutter clearing really pays off! : )
Ariane Benefit, M.S.Ed., is a professional organizer, coach, author and speaker with over 25 years experience helping people reach new heights of productivity and success. Visit her popular “Neat Living Blog: Neat Ideas for Living” at http://www.NeatLiving.net for free organizing tips, home makeover photos and much more.