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Clutter Clearing Success, Thanks to Housekeeper

Every now and then one of my former clients will write and let me know about their clutter imagesCA7LLPVQclearing success. I always ask if I can share their stories in my blog so others can benefit from what they learned. Following is a success story I received this week. I think it’s wonderful how this client found a way to get her housecleaning and clutter clearing done with a little creative thinking about her finances. I hope she inspires you to find clutter clearing solutions that work for you!

“I have found a solution that is working for me with the clutter clearing of the things I’ve collected over the years along with the addition of my mother’s things after her death in 2007.

I hired a housekeeper.  

I had become so frustrated with not being able to be a good housewife AND a productive artist/teacher, along with nursing 3 sick animals until their deaths in recent years, it was overwhelming.  So after our big dog died in October, I looked at what the medicines and vet bills had been for those pets and realized I could divert those funds into having a housekeeper once or twice a month.  Better yet, while she is doing that, I decided I can use that time, since I’m home while she is here, to go through all those things to toss, save or give away. One table or bookcase or corner at a time. 

It’s been a great way to handle the de-cluttering. Even if it takes awhile, it’s better than not (doing it) at all.  Using the advice you had given me during your visits here about (not) keeping broken things, or emotionally negative things along with various other bits of wisdom, like one hour, one drawer at a time, it’s getting done.”

PS This client stumbled on the magic of using a body double when she began using the housekeeper’s cleaning time as clutter clearing time for herself. Many people are able to do things that they normally would avoid, especially boring and/or overwhelming tasks like paying bills, cleaning up and clutter clearing, when there is another body in their space. Somehow the presence of that impartial other helps ground them to be able to manage their anxiety, boredom, or overwhelm to face what seem like insurmountable tasks when faced alone.

Clutter Clearing: Perspectives Affect Clearing Success

DSCN1135How do you think about your things? For example, one way to think about things is to view them as primarily items to serve you as you move through life. Another way would be to view them as precious resources that should be kept just in case you need them. Still another perspective about things is to view them as precious extensions of yourself and what matters to you.

How you think about things affects how you interact with them. If you view your things as items that could never be replaced, you’ll have a much harder time getting rid of things that are in poor condition or no longer serve you. If you view your stuff as resources that flow in and out of your life in abundance, you are more likely to be willing to part with things.

Getting conscious about your perspectives regarding your stuff is an important first step to successful clutter clearing. It’s hard to make decisions about what to keep and what to toss if your automatic thinking makes letting go impossible. Releasing ingrained thought patterns is no easy feat. Your perspectives are literally hardwired into your brain. You must be very motivated for change to successfully identify and release limiting perspectives and adopt new perspectives like, “Releasing items I don’t love or use makes space for new, good things to come to me.”

If you know your clutter clearing success is being limited by the way you view your belongings, but you cannot identify the perspectives that are keeping you stuck, or if you know which thoughts are tripping you up time and time again, but can’t seem to get out of that old “got to keep it” rut, consider working with an organizer coach, a person trained to identify limiting perspectives and support people in the process of change. Get support to shift to a more helpful perspective. It could be just what you need to release yourself from the tyranny of too much stuff!

Awareness is Essential for Clutter Clearing Success

Clutter clearing is no small feat!

Clutter clearing is no small feat!

Clutter clearing. I’m sure you’re familiar with the challenges of engaging in and completing clutter clearing tasks. Who wants to do it? Why go there where there’s a good chance you’ll feel a myriad of uncomfortable feelings, like overwhelm, disgust, sadness, regret, anger, fear. Let’s face it, clutter clearing is a challenging process at best, and an overwhelming nightmare at worst. Initiating and sustaining action to completion are no small feat!

But, you may not be conscious that engaging in action and completing clutter clearing tasks are not possible without sufficient awareness. You may be aware of the clutter pockets in your environment that need excavating, but how aware are you of what it takes to motivate yourself to take action to tackle a problem area? What’s your best time to tackle a clearing challenge, the time of day when your brain is best able to make decisions? Where is the best place to start to ensure optimal clearing? Where are the land-mines in the mix of your stuff, those things that hold energies and stir feelings that could shut you down? And, when you run into them, what’s the best way to address them to prevent fleeing the scene?

Much of this awareness can come from paying attention to what happens when you begin to clear clutter. You may notice that mornings are your best time or that you clear best with support from a family member or friend. You may notice that you always quit when you start with paper or you encounter an item associated with your childhood. But, do you take that awareness and change focus, adjust what you’re doing and continue clearing? Unfortunately what I find is that people tend to run from uncomfortable feelings of any kind. They quit and move onto something else. They don’t take the time to pause and reflect on what happened and consider other options to quitting. In so doing, they miss a valuable opportunity to generate awareness and learn the valuable lessons that could be gained from their unpleasant experience.

Another way to generate awareness is to work with a coach. Coaching is a co-created partnership with a supportive trained coach in an awareness/learning/action process. Coaching provides the time to pause and reflect on challenges like procrastination and avoidance while clutter clearing.

With the support of a coach you can become more aware of what tends to shut you down and what works for you to initiate and sustain action to completion. Obstacles that impede your progress can be identified and strategies for addressing them generated. Coaching is an opportunity to step back and create the awareness needed to successfully accomplish your clutter clearing goals.