Clutter is defined as a “disorderly heap“. It is both physical and mental and can be overwhelming. It can also prevent people from reaching their goals and living a rich and meaningful life.
The first port of call is clearing the physical space and getting organized. Organized chaos doesn’t work and adds to stress by complicating things. The question that needs to be asked is whether all the stuff you own and are surrounded by, is contributing to the life you hope to achieve.
This works for the physical dimension but when it comes to the mental clutter, the choice becomes where to place your attention.
Clutter represents emotional baggage which can be the cause of a lot of barriers you are facing. When you clear out your mental clutter, you will rediscover your focus again and be able to work towards your goals with more clarity.
Here are some tips according to the experts: With each thought, pattern, emotion or experience that holds you back, ask the following:
- Do I need this? Is it necessary?
- Does it serve me? Is it helpful or useful?
- Am I attached to it? Can I let it go?
Remember that letting go can be a process and these questions can set the process in motion and start changing some beliefs that are cluttering your mind.
Ask these questions and see what you discover. You may be pleasantly surprised.
Plato rightly stated, “In order to seek one’s own direction, one must simplify the mechanics of ordinary everyday life.”