Searching for Ways to Help You Clear the Clutter? Part 1

WHO’S REALLY THE BOSS?

We think we own our stuff but often times it really owns us.

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If you’ve got plenty of space for all your things, this might not be obvious.  But as soon as you find yourself pinched for space, this reality rears its ugly head.  And thus begins the conflict between what we want or need to do with all the excess and what we think we ought to do.
There are many reasons we hold on to things we know we’d be better off without. These things are clutter.

 

Clutter is …

Anything unused or unloved

Anything broken and unlikely to be fixed

Anything easily replaced if necessary

Anything that exceeds the space available

 

So what are the most common types and how can they be overcome?

Inherited Clutter

“It’s been in the family forever.”  That might be true, but if the items in question don’t fit your lifestyle or your taste, you can and should find another home for them.  Cast a wider net.  If immediate family members don’t want the things, see if cousins, nieces and nephews, or close friends do.  Beauty and utility are in the eyes of the beholder.  What is clutter to one person might be treasure to another.  It might sound like heresy, but family heirlooms can be sold or donated.

 

Gifted Clutter

A gift, once properly acknowledged, belongs to the recipient.  If you’ve been given something that you don’t want or need, you’re under no obligation to keep it.  After a proper thank you, thoughtful re-gifting or donating can keep this type of clutter at bay.

 

Buyers’ Remorse Clutter

I paid a lot of this item so I’d better keep it.  It seems wasteful to let it go.  The psychological cost of holding on to mistakes is often higher than the dollar cost.  Mistakes happen.  Every time you look at the misguided purchase (particularly if it was an expensive mistake), you’ll feel bad about it.  Let the item go and vow to not make that same mistake again.

 

Just In Case Clutter

This is closely related to buyers’ remorse clutter.  How often do you say, “I might need this someday so I’d better hold on to it.”  Or, “I’m not sure what this is or how it’s used, but I’d better save it, just in case.”

If “this” is something incredibly difficult to find and expensive to acquire, maybe you give yourself a pass.  Otherwise, give yourself permission to let it go.  The random hardware, key, computer cord etc are almost certainly clutter and can be discarded without any remorse.

 

Coming back to where we started, your stuff owns you, not the other way around.  And paradoxically, the more we surrender, the more in control of our homes and our lives we become.  Learning to let go of clutter is an acquired habit.  The more you practice letting go, the easier it will become.

 

We would love to also share with you a special sermon given by JoeB Martin in Atlanta, GA, in regards to clutter.  Click the link below to hear more about how to simplify your life!

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/29359240/highlight/328064

 

 


Focus on freedom (through better organization)

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By Angie Mattson, Your Organized Guide, Inc.

Freedom – it’s what many people really desire. It might be what you desire. Freedom from clutter. Freedom from confusion. Freedom to go, and do, and be and have anything you want. One of my clients really wanted it and finally discovered how to have it. Here’s how it went down:

We’d spent six months together working on his Five Essential Business Systems (TM), creating checklists, flowcharts, and delegation documents and more in order to help him grow his business sustainably.

When met for a follow up session, he said, “Angie, last week I had two entire days with almost nothing to do. Work was being done, but I wasn’t having to do it.”

In a word: he had discovered true FREEDOM!

I asked him what he did with some of the free time and he said, “I went home and had lunch with my girls.” Three precious girls and his wife. Lunch at home in the middle of the week. It was marvelous to hear.

So many people (you?) become an entrepreneur in order to have more freedom, flexibility and variety. To make more money. To stop working for the not-so-great boss or the company that doesn’t nurture your creative side. To actually do work you’ve always dreamed of.

Instead, the vision of self-employment can become a reality gone terribly wrong:

 

  • You’re working 24/7

 

  • Weekends and vacations – what are those?

 

  • Dinner at home with family just doesn’t happen anymore

 

  • Your hobbies – not touch in months (or years…)

 

  • Working on the fly isn’t working anymore. Balls are being dropped, clients are getting frustrated, money is being lost (or never collected in the first place…)

 

After working with more than a hundred small business owners, I am convinced the key to discovering real freedom is getting your business and your life organized.

And I know it’s something you really want.

Create and use systems – these are just organized sets of instructions, steps, or how to’s. Get yourself organized. Good, consistent habits grow a business, support your success, and your freedom.

 

Angie Mattson is Chief Efficiency Officer with Your Organized Guide, Inc. She’ll be presenting The Five Essential Business Systems ™ on Thursday, February 14, 2013 as part of Simplicity Organizers’ Lunch and Learn Series. Come find out how easy it is to put the power of systems to work in your small business.