A couple of posts ago I talked about clearing out the clutter. Steve and I have just given the inside of our home a fresh coat of paint, and taken the opportunity to reorganise some of the rooms. "Reorganise" translates into going through our possessions and getting rid of things we no longer use, and changing the layout of each room. It's amazing how much clutter can be accumulated over the years - and the things you hang on to.
We have been really quite severe in our culling this time - significantly reducing the amount of furniture (and, as a result, the contents of cupboards/wardrobes had to be seriously reduced) - and at the end of it, we have looked with pride at the result ... and fallen in love all over again with our home!
We have both commented on how pleased we are with the end result, and the sense of freedom it has brought about. It truly has been a liberating experience - I encourage you to try it, too!
Sometimes clutter just sneaks up on you! For instance, do you have any items in your wardrobe that you have not worn for the past twelve months? I'd be surprised if the answer is no, unless you have very recently gone through an exercise to clear it out. Is there a really good reason why you are keeping them and not wearing them? Do you feel they are important or do you have a nostalgic attachment to them?
Is it just your wardrobe though, or does this habit exist elsewhere in your life? What's your desk like - is it clear of papers, or scattered with them, and if scattered, why is that? Is it because you are bored and you want to make yourself feel busy or look important? Or is it that you really can't be bothered to make the effort?
Whatever the reason, do you realise that you are projecting an image of yourself - and is it the image you want to project? More than that, how will you feel with a tidy office that you can find things in, and that you are proud to show people into?
Making that change is not so hard - it starts with a decision. Once you've decided you are ready to get tidy, work out what you need to make it happen. Practical things like plastic sacks to put the rubbish in, boxes to put things in to give to your local charity shop and maybe a good friend to help you make it fun and make it happen! Then simply make a date in your diary - just tackle one area at a time - you'll be amazed at what a difference it makes and how good you feel.
Don't stop until it's done, but do give yourself a reward at the end of it!