Don’t get me wrong. I love Office works and Smiggle. It’s addictive and I can buy endless stationary to organize the things I already have, but it’s about clearing the mind also. It’s around getting clarity about who you are and what’s most important to you.
Is your clutter and the tidy-up of your clutter a distraction or diversion to things you don’t really want to face up to?
Think about it’s purpose before its place.
My mother always used to say “Everything should have it’s place; put it away”. Well that is good advice but clutter can sap your energy too.
You can waste time searching through things you don’t really need, to find the thing you do. This applies to digital clutter too.
When we hang onto things we don’t need, they take the space of things we do need:
WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT?
People tend to fall down in their organization by not being clear on their priorities. This leads to procrastination. At some level we need to establish what is most important, what will give us the greatest return, for the least effort and fits in with our key values, purpose, mission and vision. Ease & Impact Mapping is one of my favorite tools to establish what is important.
WHAT’S MY STYLE?
If you grew up in the 80’s you’ll remember Hoodoo Gurus – What’s My Scene. Who are you really and what does your personality say about your personal environment? What are your strong personality traits? If you’ve ever done some personality profiling (such as DISC or Personality Plus) you can establish what your strong traits are. There’s great value in this as once you can identify, you’ll know what your strengths and weaknesses are. Some people are visual, some people aren’t. Some people prefer Lever Arch Filing (visual) or Drop Folder Filing Cabinets (probably more kinesthetic).
BE LIKE BUDDHA
Living the minimalist lifestyle is attractive but hard to obtain. Do you ever look at images of interiors or desk layouts and think “Wow that looks amazing!” but actually take into consideration, it looks good because there is no STUFF. And what is all that STUFF?
We sometimes create a sentimental identity of ourselves by hanging onto things that give us a sense of importance. How many of those books on your shelf do you actually read or have read or is it a monument to your intellect? There is great value in a minimalist approach to gain clarity in life. Really consider how important is all this stuff and how easy is it to find it again (internet) or buy it again if you really, truly needed it.