Personal Success Thought: Surface-level fixes and upgrades can be nice, but the real change happens when we dive in and clean out what’s beneath the surface.
Though I’m talking about a physical declutter in this post, as you read, consider where in your life you are applying surface-level fixes rather than going deep to address the root cause of current challenges: inner (emotional and mental) debris.
Two days ago, I was listening to an audio program from one of my mentors. In the program she described coaching a client who had trouble selling a house. My mentor asked the client a series of questions, which led the client to reveal a secret room in the home that housed a ton of junk and hidden secrets. Once the client went through the process of cleaning out that room, the house sold within a month.
This story inspired me.
I sat down to do some work from home two days ago and across from me I saw clutter. Unsettling. Crap under the settee. Folders and books atop a storage basket. Messy ass bookcase. My mind was not at peace. How could I work in these conditions?
I began what has become a multi-day project to de-clutter and clean up my space. Yesterday, it was time to clean up the bookcase I had been avoiding. Why I had avoided it so long was because I knew that I'd need to transition some books from the case to the cabinet in my closet. And in order to do that, I knew I'd need to clean up the closet, ultimately taking a look at the stuff that I couldn't, and didn't want to quite frankly, see on a regular basis.
And herein lay the work…
I uncovered papers, journals, old business cards, photos, notebooks, folders, and more from 2003 and beyond. I uncovered two dead bugs and dust. Working on that cabinet led me to explore the far corners of my closet. I cleaned out and cleared. I got sentimental, saved what I wanted, and discarded what was unnecessary. I took wet paper towel to the shelves and cleaned off the dust. I shredded tons of documents and trashed the rest. It took a few hours. But once that work was done, cleaning up the bookcase was easy.
We're resistant to cleaning out closets because:
a) We’re afraid of what we’ll find and don't know if we can handle it;
b) We're concerned about the time it may take to do the straightening out.
But it doesn't have to be as messy a process as we anticipate.
Once I put on good music and got to sorting, the process just went. At times there was more crap on the floor than when I had started, but I stayed the course and the work got done. The space got clearer.
Investing a couple hours a day into the decluttering of my home led to a different renewed experience of what I consider to be my sacred space. I feel lighter. My mind feels clearer as I look around and see order. I know where things are. I've even discovered some books and CDs that I didn't realize I had owned or had forgotten about.
I’ve got a few more places to declutter, but so far I'm proud of what I've done. And as I'm sure you know from your own experiences, the cleaning up and sorting out is absolutely worth it. And it feels so darn good.
If you need help decluttering your heart, mind, and physical reality to make room for the dream life you want to experience, email me and let's discover how my coaching can be of service to you.
Words to Live By
Be super kind to yourself.