Have you heard of Marie Kondo’s book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing”? I’m not recommending it, because I haven’t read it (though I intend to). Books like this can inspire you to get your house in order…or make you feel like crud. Whatever your initial reaction to such messaging, there is a value to de-cluttering.
To be clear, you do not need closets with the feng shui of a yoga studio. I happen to own more than four shirts and two pairs of shoes, so my closet will not look like a magazine ad. I’m not recommending the obsessive over-kill of people with too much time and money on their hands either.
For me, de-cluttering is simplifying. This goes for closets and classrooms, game rooms and garages. When you can’t find things you need, when you have to kick a path through the clutter for guests to walk through, or if you no longer show hospitality out of embarrassment, there may be something in this convo for you.
In life coaching, de-cluttering is making space for what matters most. Clutter is stuff you don’t need or want, or stuff that gets in the way, that drags you down, and which you know you really need to attend to some day. It’s the cholesterol of life. It clogs things up and slows you down.
Of course, there is a lot of clutter not found in a junk drawer. There is the clutter of unfinished tasks. You can feel the drag of phone calls that need to be returned or difficult conversations that need to take place. Decisions we are avoiding, habits we are developing, wounds we are nursing, and unhealthy relationships we are tolerating — all of these can clutter and clog our hearts.
This is the stuff that can give you momentum to take on even bigger stuff. Those nasty addictive habits and unhealthy relationships have got to go too. We may bet attached to them, but they’re bad for us. Let’s talk these things over with God, a mentor, or trusted friend.
The point of de-cluttering is to make space for beautiful things you need to pursue.
Clear some clutter and find the energy for bucket list items, life-long dreams, lasting impact, and other God-things become reality. Redeem the lost time and energy accumulated junk siphons-off.
What forms does your clutter take? What is it keeping you from pursuing?