Making Clutter Clearing Happen: The Value of Support

2006 pictures 034There are some people who cannot get clutter clearing done without support, without help from someone else. Perhaps you’re wondering if you are one of those people. You may be someone who needs support if:

  • you have ADD,
  • you have an enormous, overwhelming clutter challenge,
  • despite the the best of intentions you cannot get started clearing,
  • you don’t know where to start,
  • you don’t know how to start,
  • you repeatedly make excuses for not getting started,
  • you start, but cannot sustain the effort,
  • you have too many other responsibilities that make doing clutter clearing impossible,
  • you have physical limitations that make clutter clearing alone impossible,
  • you are very sentimental and have great difficulty parting with things,
  • you are afraid you’ll make a mistake when clutter clearing, and your fear shuts you down, or
  • clutter clearing stirs up uncomfortable feelings like fear, sadness, and anxiety that block you from engaging in clutter clearing.

Following is a note I received from a faithful follower of my work who experienced the benefit of support. With her permission I’m sharing this note with you.

“Just wanted to tell you that I made some real inroads (with clutter clearing) this year for the first time in forever.  All it took was some help. My 19 year old son could tell I was overwhelmed with the clutter, getting ready for the holidays, and sat down with me and went through the bags and boxes that were littering the downstairs. It was so nice to have someone actually do this with me. So many times I ask for help and it doesn’t pan out. Also, like you said, “Big items first!” I got rid of a piece of  exercise equipment, a clock, an old vacuum cleaner. I cleared up boxes of magazines, and went through bags that were in the closets. It goes a lot faster when you have someone helping and prodding you to do just one more bag. Also, because it looks so nice (and he has some ownership in it now), it’s stayed that way.”

Support helped this woman by:

  • providing her with company when facing an overwhelming challenge, transforming the clutter clearing process from an onerous task to more of a social event,
  • making the process go much faster,
  • having help to move items that were being donated or moved to other locations,
  • having encouragement to keep going, and
  • making clutter clearing a joint effort with joint ownership.

Support for clutter clearing can be the difference between being stuck living in overwhelm, self-judgment and stress or moving forward in a life with purpose, pleasure and peace. What support do you need to clear a path to the environment and the life you really want?