The Truth About Clutter
"The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it's the same problem you had last year." John Foster Dulles
Did you wake up this morning, look around your cluttered home and ask, "Who filled up my house when I was asleep?" Probably not! You know who's responsible for the clutter. Clutter is something you do to yourself. This is good news because it means you can clean it up.
If your environment is as cluttered as it was last week, last month, or last year, it's because you haven't done anything to change it.
No one forced you to clog your home with more stuff than it was designed to hold.
No one forced you to make emotional attachments to inanimate objects.
No one forced you to create piles of unread magazines and newspapers.
No one forced you to acquire more belongings than you can keep track of.
No one forced you to buy clothes you don't even wear.
No one forced you to commit to doing more than is humanly possible.
No one forced you to allow your children to have more toys than they can play with.
No one forced you to keep the belongings of deceased relatives.
No one forced you to throw your clothes on the floor.
No one forced you to let your laundry pile up.
No one forced you to waste time in front of the TV or computer screen.
No one is forcing you to procrastinate.
No one is preventing you from decluttering.
No one is preventing you from making new choices.
No one is preventing you from living a clutter-free life.
It's time to quit feeling sorry for yourself, stop making excuses, and start taking charge of your life. It doesn't even matter what circumstances led to the clutter. All that matters is what new steps you take TODAY toward decluttering.
Whenever someone asks me if I've seen a TV show about clutter I immediately think, "Turn off the TV, set your timer for an hour and clean out something - a drawer, a closet, a shelf!" And don't tell me you're too tired. The very act of decluttering will energize you once you start. But that's the key - you must begin.
Take out your planner right now and schedule at least three decluttering sessions of 20 minutes each. When you make an appointment with a doctor or dentist, do you keep that appointment? Of course you do! So give yourself the same courtesy you extend to others and keep those decluttering appointments.
What do you really want to do in life?
Which of your many talents is the world missing out on because your clutter is holding you back?
Stop allowing your belongings to suck out your life force.
Clear the clutter and unleash your true potential.
Today is a brand new day. Now is the perfect time.