Let’s imagine that you are at work and you got this really important email to be drafted and sent. You head to your desk. A desk pilled with papers, files, pens, dairy, notepads, books, pictures, a coffee mug you used yesterday, a water bottle, a bag of chips all lying one over the other. Yes, also your laptop somewhere among all this clutter. Sending the email is important, so you manage to pull your laptop, push a part of the heap of clutter to a corner and start working. Would you be able to come up with a well articulated, precisely phrased and effective draft? Maybe yes! You would have already done it a couple of times, since it is the utmost need of the hour. But I doubt if it was among your best ones. This is because the clutter on your desk will in a way clutter your mind blocking the free flow of thought. Needless to say that it eventually drags the amount of time you spend on a task.
On the other hand, imagine a clean desk with perfectly placed bare essentials. Won’t that be a pleasant environment for efficient work? Won’t your thoughts be easier to decipher? It will definitely feel way better than the previous scenario.
Imagine similar scenes of clutter in your day to day environment. Would you like it if you have to cook your breakfast in a messy kitchen or would you prefer to savour the first meal of the day prepared in your spotless and orderly kitchen? Similarly, the wonderful feeling of sleeping in a neat and clean bed with fresh spreads and pillow cases, after a long day is simply priceless! Isn’t it?
Messy or cluttered environment has a very negative effect on our mind and spirit. It makes us irritated, grumpy, dissatisfied and frustrated. It eventually drains our life of happiness! The key is to de-clutter. May it be your desk, bed, kitchen, attic or garage! Make it a habit to try your best to keep everything back in its place after use. This may not be possible every single day, so to tackle that, make de-cluttering a frequent practice.
Begin with your immediate environment then the things you use on a daily basis like drawers, shelves, closets etc. Gradually, learn to de-clutter the people in your life by keeping the ones that love and value you and letting go or manage the toxic ones. Sometimes, it is completely out of our scope to do away with certain individuals, especially if they are your colleagues. In that case, you have to learn to manage them.
“Clutter is not just physical stuff. It’s old ideas, toxic relationships and bad habits. Clutter is anything that does not support your better self.” – Eleanor Brownn.
Finally, de-clutter your life! Organize your life! Prioritize life! Enjoy life with a perfect and healthy balance of family, friends, career, hobbies, adventure, travel, amusement, entertainment, sports, love and ever-lasting happiness!
“The only way to get what you really want is to let go of what you don’t want.” -Iyanla Vanzant.
Begin now! De-clutter!
Thank you for reading!