Clear the Clutter

I posted something on my Facebook Fan Page last week that said, “When your work space is cluttered, then your mind is cluttered…take a few minutes to organize your work space so your CREATIVITY can flow!”

After posting that, I kept having people tell me how unorganized they are and how they just can’t get ahead of all the piles and the clutter! So, I thought about it, and I concluded that it isn’t just enough to clean the clutter off of our desks, but we need to de-clutter our lives!

I watched an inspirational video about this very topic, and in order to have clear intentions and clear creativity, your home must not be cluttered. Think about it, if your living space is not organized, how can you be organized? The man on the video said we must begin with our closet. Your closet is most likely the first and last place you are during your day…getting dressed and getting undressed. It makes perfect sense! If you begin your day in a really well organized closet, then your whole day would seem to follow suit. On the other hand, if you begin your day in a cluttered and unorganized closet, and you can’t find what you are looking for, and you get frustrated right out of the gate…your day will follow right in line with that. Weve all had days start off just like that!


Does your closet look like this??

When was the last time you cleaned out your closet?
How often do you purge your closet of items you no longer wear?
How many times do you buy more clothes and accessories, only adding items to your already claustrophobic space?
When you go into your closet to pick out your clothing for the day, does it bring you joy or anxiety?
Can you find the style and color you are in the mood for, or do you always wear the same three outfits because it’s not worth the effort in trying to find what you are actually looking for?
Are your clothes pressed and ready to wear, or are they a wrinkled mess?
Can you even find your clothes under all the piles of dirty laundry and stacks of “stuff”?

It may seem that the condition of your closet does not and will not affect your daily routine, your ability to be productive, or your overall mindset…but it truly does! It sets the tone for your day, your week, and your life! Once you clean out and organize your closet, your mindset organization will automatically bleed into other parts of your home and life. When you start to be organized, you will crave to be organized! When your closet is organized, then you will want your bathroom drawers and cupboards to be organized. Then you will want your kitchen, pantry, laundry room, and your whole home to be clutter free. You will have a peaceful feeling that will positively affect every aspect of your life.


When you start to live with organization, and you notice how smoothly your life is flowing, you will want your children to be organized as well. You will want your children’s closets to be organized, because just like you, when their space is not cluttered their whole world runs more smoothly. When your whole house is organized and running smoothly, you will reap the benefits: You will be saving time, You will be on time, You will be more creative, You will be less wasteful, and You will be more productive and happy.

So, this task may seem daunting…but it really will be a natural transition. I know some of you are already kicking and screaming, “But she doesn’t know just how cluttered my closet is!” Well, my answer to that is, “Start small. Don’t get overwhelmed. Take one shelf at a time. Clean and purge in fifteen minute increments. Soon, your whole closet will be a happy place for you, I guarantee it!”

Take Action: This week and moving forward, let’s make it a goal to clean and clear out our closet. If you haven’t worn it or used it in the past year, donate it! Hang and fold and make your closet organized in a way that makes sense to you. Once it is to your liking, make it a goal to keep it that way…then move on to another area of your home. Along the way, pay attention to and enjoy your new found peaceful mindset!

Because Together is Better,


Comments

  1. I am still in transition having moved from NY to SC and still trying to organize! ๐Ÿ™‚ LOL. The upside of this is that I get to organize my space to that I hopefully won’t fall prey to the clutter that may creep in down the line. I will keep what you have posted in mind. Hoping to stay clutter free! ๐Ÿ™‚

    -Tracey

  2. I’ll toss in my 2 cents (a little late)… If you simply put things away where they belong each and every time, you have no clutter to clean! I learned this concept as a very young boy. I was only allowed to go out and play after my room (including my closet, dresser drawers and under my bed!) was organized. I figured out that it takes about the same time to put something where it does NOT belong as it takes to put it where it DOES belong. So, I could spend my precious free time cleaning up my crap that I should have just put away in the first place, or playing with my friends – that decision was a no brainer, baby!!!

    And let’s not forget the old saying, “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”.

  3. I so needed this reminder. I didn’t realize how much clutter we had collected here until we started replacing the floor, and then had to find spaces to put all the stuff on the floor that we really had no space for! Needless to say we are doing a lot of decluttering here… but, I haven’t attempted the closet yet. Maybe today. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Great article! and I totally agree, clutter outside = clutter inside! inspired now to clean up my desk! great job Deanna.

  5. This is a great post! Everything in my life is organized except for my network schedule (if that makes sense). I was just thinking while lying in bed last night, I need to schedule this better so the relationships with my connections remain positive and productive. This post was very inspiring, motivating me to get this done ASAP so the rest of my working day is successful. Thanks for sharing this post.

    • Danielle. we all have certain parts of our home and life that need to be De-cluttered. I’m so happy that my post inspired you! I appreciate your input! -Deanna

  6. In yoga we talk about clearing the mind, releasing blockages in the body and being open to new experiences. That would extend to cleaning up your environment as well. Well said!

  7. Yes! Just cleaned up the house because had relatives stay with us for the weekend. Feels so good to wake up to a Monday morning with an organized house(to some degree). Will try now to stay on top of the mess. Thanks D!!

    • Yes, Gigi…it’s always great to start your week off with a clean home. Please do remember though, that there is a BIG difference between “clean” and “organized”! Your home can be clean…and your closets, drawers, and cupboards can still be a disaster! (How does your office floor and desk look?) ๐Ÿ™‚ I am grateful for your comment! -Deanna

      • HA!! touche my friend!!!! That makes me laugh. Can’t fool someone who has spent time in your house. Anything that had a door on it is now off limits to you, including my office:)

  8. Noelle Stanley says:

    Another great blog!!!! Yes clear out space by space in your home and watch your life begin to flow with more ease and grace. Each room or quadrant in your house represents a different energy and typically we will find challenges in those areas of our lives based off of our homes flow and organization. Check out some Feng Shui books if you want more. Yes one piece of paper and one goodwill box at a time. Think how our old unused items can be others treasures. Blessings and Gratitude to you Deanna!!!

    • Thanks for your comment and input, Noelle! I do think people get overwhelmed if their living space is out of control with clutter…I like your advice, “One piece of paper and one goodwill box at a time”! I appreciate you reading my blog and sharing the love! -Deanna

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