Start with the ‘Real Question’ to Honestly Answer the Above Question
When you clean out a closet, a cupboard, or dresser, the real question is, ‘how did that make you feel when finished?‘.
If the answer is like a weight was lifted or a sense of accomplishment, there’s a reason for that: One of the basic principles of Feng Shui is that decluttering and organizing helps to remove negative stagnant energy from not only your home but from you. Unnecessary ‘stuff’ and ‘things’ can block the natural flow of energy in your life, as well as in the room it’s occupying.
Feeling like a weight is lifted is reason enough to start your decluttering project; however, if you need more convincing, here are three additional reasons why you should invest in your decluttering plan:
STRESS! THAT’s RIGHT, TOO MUCH CLUTTER CAN EQUAL TOO MUCH STRESS, SO CUT THE CLUTTER TO CUT THE STRESS
Do you have undone organizational projects in your home? Every day, do you think about them? Does it annoy you that you haven’t started your cleaning projects yet? If you’ve answered yes to all three of these basic questions, then whether you know it or not, your clutter is stressing you out in some way or another.
The solution is simple: start. It doesn’t matter if you finish the task in ‘X’ amount of hours; what matters is that you start. Don’t put unnecessary deadlines on yourself, but remember that it’s the finished result that gives you that feeling of ‘bliss.’ So don’t rip yourself out of having that feeling by not finishing. However, do complete the work at a reasonable pace that won’t impede other things you have to do.
For example, if you feel the project can be finished in a few hours and you have the time to dedicate to it, get it done. If you think the project will take a week, take that week, but get it done.
CLUTTER AFFECTS YOUR ABILITY TO FOCUS; IT’s A NAGGING DISTRACTION
If you have doubts about this, you’ll be surprised to learn that The January 2011 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience published results of a study by researchers at the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute, that in layman’s terms, says, “a serene environment helps you focus and process information more effectively.” Thus conversely, a cluttered room creates blocks to processing information and, in turn, affects your focus. If you’re a science guru, you can read more about it here.
YOUR CLUTTER PROCRASTINATION CAN LEAD TO PROCRASTINATION IN OTHER AREAS OF YOUR LIFE
One bad habit can lead to another bad habit. Think about this for a second: You have a stack of unopened mail needing to be processed, and it’s been on your mind to get it done, but you’ve been procrastinating. Then you have the front hall closet that needs to be organized and sorted, but you haven’t gotten to that either. Then what happens is the list of ‘things you need to do’ starts to get longer …. next, your bedroom closet gets more and more disorganized, then your kitchen cupboards, etc. It’s not that all of this is happening at once; it’s that, as you ignore one task, you tend to ignore other tasks, and so forth. Then the weight you’re feeling gets more substantial, and you begin to feel overwhelmed, thinking you’ll never get any of it done! So what’s the solution? The solution is to get started on one thing then watch how fast this cycle begins to unwind itself. It’s that simple, get started:
- Work on your uncluttering tasks at the moment – don’t push yourself to do everything at once.
- Compartmentalize – Do the closet and only the closet, then when that’s done, move on. Don’t think about the long list of things you still have to do. Forget about them until this task is completed.
- Jump right in – Look at that closet, and start to empty it, forcing yourself to make choices
- Make decisions about items quickly – Give yourself 10 seconds to decide, ‘Keep,’ ‘Trash,’ or ‘Give-away’ – If it takes you longer than 10 seconds to make that choice, do you need it? I suspect the answer is no.
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