The thousands of choices you make each day may not each seem important in themselves. But together they all add up to create the path that you take in life.
Each decision you make has an effect
In truth, every single decision is an opportunity to choose light or dark, to choose life-affirming actions that have integrity or ones that will take you off-track.
From each mouthful of food you choose to eat to the bigger decisions in life that determine who you are, every single one counts. And if you hold this firmly in mind while clutter clearing, it will give you a very different level of motivation to get the job done.
What you decide to keep
An excellent example of this comes from a lovely woman who took my Fast Track Clutter Clearing online course and kindly gave me permission to publish some of her insights here.
‘I think about all the time I have spent over the years organizing things from place to place or from bin to bin,’ she commented, ‘when what I should have done was just released it at the time and spent more time with friends and family rather than organizing stuff.’
These are wise words indeed. With this realization firmly in mind, I encouraged her to tackle with renewed vigour the bins she had accumulated full of her children’s schoolwork from kindergarten to university.
‘My youngest son is very good at throwing out all his schoolwork at the end of the year,’ she observed. ‘I watched as he did it the last two years and knew that I could do the same with virtually all the schoolwork, birthday cards, soccer schedules and mementos of his that I have saved over the years. He wouldn’t care. So I will keep that in mind when I get to those bins.’
What you say yes to
Her husband turned out to be an even more stalwart role model when it came to sorting through and organizing the thousands of pictures she had on her computer.
‘My husband has 12 pictures of his childhood, while my children have hundreds!’ she exclaimed. ‘That is one of the reasons why I am here now, taking this course. It’s time to let go and concentrate on people rather than things.’
The important thing to remember is that when you say yes to doing something you are always saying no to doing something else. So if you are spending a lot of your time organizing memories, what are you saying no to?
Learn to say no to clutter before you even acquire it
You may like to ponder on this question of what you spend your time on as you sort through your own clutter.
Or better still, as you make your original choices about what to keep in your life and what to let go. As you become more experienced at this, you learn to spot more easily the things that will turn out to need clutter clearing in years to come.
It’s called the art of intercepting clutter before it even starts, and it’s a vital skill to have in order to own your own life rather than feeling constantly overwhelmed by all the things you have set yourself up to do.
Copyright © Karen Kingston 2014, updated 2020
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