Key 5: Reduced Clutter

Organization of One Area as a Way to Clear Clutter

Organization of One Area as a Way to Clear Clutter

Organization of one area in your life can be a first step on your path toward clearing clutter. We are about to close out our month-long focus on Enchanted Key #5-Reduced Clutter. I invite you to take a look at one place to begin your journey, if you haven’t already.



We’ve focused on clutter as it exists on the mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional planes. There has been attention to making Mom proud for cleaning our rooms and clearing clutter in our vehicles. We’ve also worked on lightening the load in our purses and man bags. We’ve even decluttered our work spaces and inboxes.

What’s in Your Way?

Literally, I’m asking you, “What’s in your way that keeps you from decluttering your living or work space?” If you’ve got clutter, then something stops you from clearing it. I know that my challenge involves sentimentality. It’s tough throwing out those six-feet high unused pizza boxes filled with each of my three children’s artwork, even though they are adult children now. I don’t look at them often, but when I do, the visual picture moves me down a beautiful memory lane that would be lost elsewhere.

Preserving Memories

So taking a photograph of each of their art pieces, framing and hanging favorites, and recycling the rest is what I’d suggest for you to do. I’ve done it myself and get how challenging it is. Look at other ways to preserve precious memories that don’t involve holding on to a ten foot Clifford the Dog stuffed toy that you move from house to house and room to room.

Why You Tolerate Clutter

Gotta love Julie Morgenstern’s organizational psychology when it comes to clutter. She writes of such things as Sentimental Savers (I’m busted on that one), More Stuff Than Storage, systems that have been outgrown, etc. It’s all in her book, Organization From the Inside Out.

Enchanted Breath

For this week’s Enchanted Breath, let’s take a few minutes to drop the clutter of stress in your body, mind, spirit and emotions. Simply breathe in a deep and purifying breath and on the exhale, let your shoulders release tension, shake out stagnation, clear your head of crammed thoughts, and imagine yourself floating above everything. Envision expansive sky and puffy clouds, with you, moving freely.

Enjoy the feeling of space around you and answer the question about what keeps you from living in a clutter-free way. See if you save things for a rainy day that doesn’t come or if you hold on to things in case other people might need them one day. Hint: They likely won’t.

Set about doing one thing to clear clutter in your life so that there is more room for enchantment.

Stay enchanted!

Enchanted Breaths are the “ahh, the haha, and the aha! of life.”

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