As we continue on the journey to a more positive tomorrow, you’ll notice that some of our weekly activities require more thought than others. In fact, last week might be one of the most daunting tasks we’ll undertake in the early stages. If you aren’t finished identifying your major issues yet, that’s okay.
Today, we’re going to start a new activity that will serve a purpose and allow you to continue your intensive thinking work.
Although much of the work we’ll do together revolves around changing your mindset and breaking destructive habits, sometimes we’ll work on things that also impact your physical world. This week, your goal is to seek out and destroy the clutter that’s blocking your positivity.
The Negative Effects of Clutter
Clutter. I groan a little inside my own head just thinking about it. All the useless junk and important items scattered around different rooms of my house puts me in a bad mood any time I think about it. It’s even worse when I see it.
I bet it’s the same way for you as well.
Simply put, living around clutter can bum us out on the happiest of days. Even if you get to the point where you don’t see it anymore, it can still cause problems. You know, those days when you’re running ahead of schedule and have a great outlook, only to have it ruined because you can’t find your glasses…or your shoes…or your car keys. Suddenly, you’re running behind and in a dark mood.
Psychological Effects of Clutter
It’s easy not to focus too much attention on house clutter. It’s just as easy to ignore what it might say about you.
Here’s the thing, y’all…You know how people sometimes say that pet owners begin to look like their pets? It’s the same with clutter, in a way. If your external world isn’t a reflection of your interior world, your thoughts can morph to match their surroundings.
You see, clutter represents chaos. At first, having a room or a desk or a home in chaos doesn’t seem like a big deal. I mean, we all have a junk drawer, right? But living in chaotic surroundings isn’t good for your mental health.
Not at all.
Positive Effects of Clearing Clutter
Clearing out your clutter will help you in a number of ways, including:
- You get a clutter-free area
- You get a sense of accomplishment
- You find things you’ve been looking for.
Basically, you get to strike a powerful blow against the Negativity Beast. You get to decide that your life doesn’t have to stay in chaos. That’s a nice feeling.
How Cleaning Really Changes Your Mind
I’m going to tell you a secret. I hate to clean. I mean, I hate it. But the one thing I always notice after spending some time cleaning is how much calmer I feel.
I don’t really know what it is. Maybe it’s because I don’t have the thought that I should be cleaning hanging out in the back of mind. Maybe it’s because I can’t see my clutter out of the corner of my eye anymore. Who knows? The point is that I’m less on edge after winning the battle against a bit of clutter.
I think a part of it is also that our physical action can help train our mind. You see, when I put everything around me in its place, it’s almost like I’m sending the message to my mind that it’s time for everything in my head to be in its place as well. It’s like I’m telling my brain that I’m in total control.
That’s the thing we too often forget…we are in total control of our minds. We just have to remember to assume command.
Your Action For the Week
I’ll wait for everyone to stop groaning because you know what’s coming. This week’s task is to find some of the clutter in your life and destroy it. And no, you can’t pretend your world is totally clutter free.
Open your eyes and look around. You might find the clutter in:
- a closet
- a drawer
- the kitchen
- where your family hangs out most
- your bedroom
- your desk.
Let’s be really clear about this, okay? I’m not telling you to call into work and bust out all your cleaning supplies. I’m not suggesting you need to fill every spare moment of your week with cleaning and organizing. That’s guaranteed to put anyone in a bad mood.
What I am telling you to do is figure what area of your house causes you the most distress and tackle the clutter there. If you have multiple problem areas, pick just one. This activity is about empowering you to control your mind and your surroundings, not exhaust you.
Easy enough, right?
As an added bonus to this week’s activity, you’ll have plenty of time to continue identifying and categorizing your major issues while you clean.
A Quick Note
As you’re cleaning and organizing this week, I want you to focus your attention on the positive aspects of this activity. The Negativity Beast will want you to beat yourself up about letting things get as bad as they are. It will whisper in your ear that it doesn’t matter if you clean because the chaos will soon return.
Don’t listen to any of that stuff!
Every moment of every day is your opportunity to make a fresh start in your life. So what if you let clutter accumulate in the past? It happens to everyone. Dealing with even a small part of it is a very positive step. Let yourself focus on that and tell the Negativity Beast to take a hike.
So, what clutter centers in your house are you focusing on this week? Did you have any epiphanies about your issues, habits or attitudes? Share with us in the comments!
“If you can change your mind, you can change your life.”
- Cluttered Desk - telwink via Flickr, Creative Commons
- Buried Keyboard – Chuck Marean via Wikipedia, Share Alike
- Organized Desk – arellis49 via Flickr, Creative Commons
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