Trying to accomplish anything with stacks of clutter, disheveled children, dirty dishes and laundry, sentences my efforts to doom. It is said that your home is a reflection of your inner state. I daresay that it’s not always a reflection; an external mess can wreak havoc on your internal well-being as well.
I’ve focused a few posts on organization. The theme of clearing clutter holds relevance for us all in our modern society where the barrage of stuff never ends and we strive for simplicity. Right now, actually, my house is relatively clean, but our burdens are not always of the physical sort.
We have our lists of things to do, whether written or maintained by memory (if yours is better than mine), but do you honestly have everything spelled out? For all the things you want done or need done, do you know what your next step is? Do you realize that all these little things are also cluttering your mind, your energy, your “playing field”?
Think of how wonderful you feel when you spend a day catching up on some of the things that you’ve “been meaning to do.” At least once a month, I find myself taking such a day. It might be as simple as changing the batteries in the remote or changing the sheets, or it might be more involved as weeding the gardens, getting the oil changed, catching up on correspondences. You may even share in the responsibilities of paying debt, reducing your carbon footprint, and being an activist in your community
Usually there is some little thing standing in our way of getting things done. We are fond of calling them “gumption traps.” It may be that I need to buy some rechargeable batteries or hunt down some addresses. I may not want to take the kids with me to the mechanic or do the extra laundry of the sheets. Responsibilities may seem too great for me alone.
As I continually work to clear the house of unnecessaries, I find I need to bring more attention to the unnecessary mental clutter, too. Often I realize that some of my mental clutter contributes to the physical clutter. More often than not, it just takes time and that initial boost of energy to get off my duff. Like everyone else, I’m sure, I have my fair share of creative projects and volunteer to-do’s. What I have to do is prioritize, evaluate and decide what truly needs to be done, what I want to be done and then, like I said, get off my duff and do it.
Undoubtedly, it’s harder on rainy days to garner up the extra energy, but I know that the clearer my field is, the more energy I have to keep it clear and to do the things that really matter, like making sure I’m setting a good example for my kids.