Celebrate You! 2015 Exercise, Day 20

by | Aug 20, 2015 | 2015 Celebrate You!, Behind the Scenes, Celebrate You!

Clear the Clutter
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Photo credit: I cleaned my room today via photopin (license) ; Design: Carma Spence

“Whether it be your closet or office desk,
excess things in your surroundings can have a negative impact
on your ability to focus and process information.”
~ Mikael Cho

Research proves that clutter is bad for your mind. Neuroscientists at Princeton University took a look at how people performed in an organized versus disorganized environment. They found that physical clutter in the surroundings competed for people’s attention, resulting in decreased performance and increased stress. As it turns out, physical clutter overloads your senses, resulting in greater stress and decreased ability to think creatively.

To combat clutter in my life I have developed several rituals or habits:

Physical clutter: Every week or two, I go through the piles of paper that accumulate on my desk and throw out what is no longer needed, file what needs to be kept but not dealt with and make sure the items that need attention are in a special “to do” pile. I also try to deal with mail as it comes in, keeping as close to the “touch it once” rule many organizers suggest you follow.

General clutter: I do a “spring cleaning” of all the places I store stuff in my home every four to six months. This is the time I revisit the piles of paper I tend to keep, including articles I want to read or use as inspiration for articles I wish to write, and decide if I still want them or should toss them out. I also will reevaluate clothes in my closet, knick knacks on my shelves and more.

Mental clutter: I have a to do list, which I’ve shared with you before, that helps me keep track of all the things I need to do. In that same file, but on another page so it won’t print out, I keep notes that I know I’ll need, but don’t need to deal with now. This cuts down on the notes that once cluttered my desk in piles hither and thither.

Money clutter: I monitor my finances daily, making sure my bank accounts and check books agree, as well as my bills get paid on time. I’ve even created a spread sheet that helps me keep track of it all. For more ideas about clearing money clutter, download my free report, “Money Love Attention.”

Today’s Journal Exercise:

You might find it hard to “Celebrate You” and “Own Your Awesome” if you are plagued by clutter. Take 15-30 minutes today to un-clutter some part of your space. It can be that pile of bills you haven’t gotten to; that pile of mail you haven’t sorted; or that pile of clothes you’ve meant to go through before donating to the Good Will. Even if you only de-clutter a small part of your life, you should feel the effects right away. Journal about your mini-spring cleaning project. What did you choose to clean up? How did it feel to get that project done?

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Daily Challenge:
Journal about future de-cluttering projects you can do in 15-30-minute sessions and then schedule them into your calendar. If you want to be held accountable, share one or more of your projects and the dates by which you’ll have them done in the Facebook group and/or in a comment below. Feeling bold? Take a picture of your project before and after your cleaning session and share it with the hashtag #CelebrateYou in the Facebook group.

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