What Does Your Space Say About You?


It's time to cut all the excuses people. Here are some soul-searching questions that might help.

1. Why does your environment remain cluttered?
It is not a priority.
I can never get around to tidying it.
I don't know where to start.
I fear I will never finish.
Other

2. How does the clutter make you feel?
Confused
Anxious
Hopeless
Embarrassed
Indifferent
Other

3. What is holding you back from releasing old things?
I am not sure what to keep.
I'm insecure about making decisions.
I fear I will need something the minute after I toss it out.
I am afraid to let go.
Other

4. What would make it easier for you to declutter?
Knowing I am making the right decisions
Not regretting losing something
Knowing that it won't be time consuming
Knowing that it will really work
Other

5. How much time will I commit to change?
One month
Six months
One year
As long as it takes
Other

6. What does an uncluttered environment represent to you?
Fear
Excitement
Work
Freedom
Other

After identifying the obstacles that stand in your way, you can begin to tackle those obstacles. Choose a space to declutter. Not sure which space to start with? Ask yourself the following questions about the spaces you're considering: Are there overwhelming quantities of one or two types of items {such as paperwork or clothing} in this space? Has cleaning in this space become an impossible chore due to too much stuff? Is the floor covered with objects and items you need to put away? Are the tops of the desk, tables, chairs, and other furniture hidden beneath piles? Is this space lacking a proper filing and/or storage system? Has it been more than a month since you've sorted and purged your unneeded items in this space?

If you've answered yes to most or all of these questions, then you know where you need to start. Now it's time to start sorting. Choose one area of that space-start small if you're worried that you won't finish-and ask yourself the following questions as you go through each item in that area:

When was the last time you used the item?
Is it a collectible that could be displayed and enjoyed?
Is the item outdated, or is it usable?
Are you able to find this item when you need it?
Is the item beyond repair?
What is your treasure?

You've heard the notion that one man's treasure is another man's junk, but what does it mean to truly cherish something? This next exercise will help you identify the real treasures in your life, and let them tell their story.

List your prized possessions.
Describe how you acquired them.
What story or emotion do you associate with each of these objects?
What are your reasons for keeping these items?
How do you honor these items?

Don't let the sentimental journey inhibit you.

Problem: You assign an emotion or a feeling to an item, and you feel that if you were to throw it out you would lose some part of you.

Solution: Remind yourself that throwing something out does not mean that you are throwing out the memory of that thing or that person.



 

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