If you had to describe the way you feel about this pile of clutter with just one word, I’ll bet I can guess what that word is: overwhelmed. How do I know? I’ve found that it’s a word that comes up almost universally when people are talking about their clutter…Or when people who have a lot of clutter are talking about their lives. Overwhelm and clutter go hand in hand. Which came first? It doesn’t matter, because by getting rid of the clutter, you get rid of the overwhelm. You suddenly have more time to do stuff. It’s magically way easier to clean. You feel healthier, you sleep more deeply, and everything just flows better.
But here’s the rub: when you feel overwhelmed, it’s hard to know where to start – am I right? You feel exhausted before you even begin, and so you don’t.
That’s where these three simple tasks come in.
But first, here’s a ground rule. Starting now, don’t think about the enormity of the pile of clutter. Just think about one single, finite step at a time: starting with these.
(HINT: here’s how it works: once you create clarity in these areas, it will be easier to continue. Remember the famous Lao Tzu quote: “The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.”)
1. Clear and clean out your fridge. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love cleaning out the fridge. There is something so liberating about getting rid of all the expired and unwanted stuff and making the inside of the fridge sparkle like new. And then every time you open the fridge for the next few months, you’ll feel so on top of everything! The world will be your oyster…Or at least the kitchen will be your oyster – which is also good.
2. Clear and clean out your medicine cabinet and bathroom cupboards. I don’t know about you, but my bathroom cupboards become cluttered at an alarmingly rapid rate. And then it’s suddenly like, where did all this stuff come from? But just like the fridge, when you open your medicine cabinet and cupboards and all your toiletries are super sparkly and organized, whoa. You are a superstar…Or at least the whole hygiene thing is way easier and more enjoyable.
3. Clear and clean out your clothes closet. Last but not least, take everything out of your closet. Everything. Then sweep, dust, and/or vacuum the inside and maybe even smudge in there with some incense or an aromatherapy spray. Then only put clothes back in that you actually love and feel great in. Donate the rest or bring it all to a clothes swap. Seriously, the power of opening your closet and only seeing clothes you feel great about cannot be overstated. Even if there are only a few things left in there, go with it! Once you set the boundary with yourself – only flattering clothes that fit with my style allowed – it will be much easier to naturally attract a wardrobe you adore and that is perfect for you in every way. And then, from this place of confidence-boosting stylishness, clearing the rest of your clutter will be a breeze…Or at least you’ll feel effortlessly attractive while doing it.
…And now you’ll have the rhythm and the system down: choose one finite area and then ready, set, clear! Take your time, put one foot in front of the other, and whittle that pile down. Nothing can stop you now!