Spring is finally here in New England and it’s time for some spring cleaning. I’m talking decluttering! Do you have a lot of clutter around your house? Did you know there is more than meets the eye when it comes to clutter? Check out these expert tips on how to get rid of clutter below.
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I was listening to a radio program on Sunday on my Hay House radio app. The program was Cheryl Richardson, Coach on Call. On her program, Cheryl had her sister Kerri Richardson, who is also a life coach and who offers a Clutter Busters 4 video course on her website. The program was very interesting and these ladies discussed a lot of the issues that I think many of us have with clutter.
My form of clutter happens to be papers. I just can’t throw this stuff away for some reason. They collect on my desk to my right in the inbox and magazines and papers collect to the left of my lap top. It’s the never disappearing pile that has moved from A to B and now waits, taunting me to do something with it. I have a drawer full of paid bills all in files. Do you know that I most likely with never need to refer to these papers?
Digital clutter is part of my problem too. I have three email accounts and spend my time checking and rechecking emails it seems all day long. I am bombarded with information and everything seems vital! Who knows, maybe I’m afraid there will be a missed opportunity to learn something from them. Does this happen to you too?
According to Kerri, our world creates this fear that we are going to miss something if we don’t hold onto this type of stuff – the emails, the notices from school, the subscriptions. In reality, these days, there is almost nothing that you could get rid of that you couldn’t get again. For example, those notices from school all happened to be attached to emails. Newspaper and magazine articles are often found online too! The email that you just put in the trash can be recycled (so to speak) and put back in your in-box. Will you ever need those books on your shelf? Amazon.
According to Kerri, power is not in the piece of paper. Some part of us feels unsafe, tentative and vulnerable, thus these things become our security blanket.
We are holding onto the stuff, thinking it’s our security blanket. When we do finally start peeling through the layers by getting rid of the clutter, we discover we have been suffocating ourselves! Paperwork, magazines, and notices are not our security blanket.
Kerri would ask the caller, how would you feel if the subscriptions were cancelled? (Thus eliminating the clutter.) The responses were all the same. Relief. All of the callers seems to answer the same way, they would be relieved to get rid of the stuff – the clutter. They would feel energized, like a huge weight was lifted.
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