I always think that I am good at clutter clearing and that I have only the things that I need, with nothing more to get rid of. Yet, whenever I start to clear out a little bit of clutter that I may have accumulated, I always find something more! I am still getting rid of books, cds and DVDs that I will either not read, listen to or watch again!
I had been going through a couple of box files that I had gathered over the years, and I thought it would be done in an hour, but it’s taken me all weekend! I have gone through course notes that I have taken, and kept “just in case”, I’ve gone through programs that I printed off and vowed to do… one day, I’ve even picked up the life coaching course that I started nearly five years ago, and done nothing with since. As I looked at what I had accumulated, I realised that I was holding myself back because I always had to do these courses, “some day.” The life coaching course was one that I knew that I shouldn’t have signed up to, but I did. I got caught up in the sales pitch, and the things that I was going to do with it, but never did. I looked at the notes that I had in my hand, and I knew within that moment that they had to go. I had to throw them away.
What came to me as I threw away this course was that I was throwing away the shame and regret I had been holding onto for so long, and not completing the course. In my heart, I knew it wasn’t for me, yet I wanted to prove that I could do it, but for what? There was no sound logic for me to keep holding onto something that wasn’t going to happen. So when I threw it all away, I honoured the part of me that knew I was getting a little piece of me back, and I had a much clearer mind to do what I really wanted to do!
There are some golden rules that I follow when it comes to clutter clearing;
- Set an amount of time where you can really devote to your clutter clearing.
- Set a space or an area that you are going to do, and then complete it – don’t do a whole room if you’ve only got 10 minutes!
- Find some funky music to help you along…. but don’t spend all your time finding the right CD!
- As you go through the items, ask yourself: Do I love it? No, then it’s clutter!
- Ask yourself: Have I used it in the last 6 months? No, then it’s clutter!
- If you love it and use it, then it’s probably not clutter! However, if it’s something you are not so sure about, put it in a box and mark that box with date on it for 6 months time, if you haven’t used it by then … then it’s clutter and you have a box full of stuff to take to the charity shop!
- Have three boxes when you are going through your stuff, a keep box to put the stuff you are keeping, a rubbish box to throw straight away and a charity box – one persons clutter is another person’s treasure!