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I grew up in a somewhat cluttered house and from a very early age I yearned for a super organised, decluttered environment. By the time I hit my early twenties, in line with the lack of discipline indicative of that decade, my attempts at creating a harmonious decluttered living environment left a lot to be desired. It was only really when I was older that I could effectively discipline myself to declutter my surroundings and implement organisational systems so that my living space was suitably streamlined.

 

Having lived in a cluttered environment I knew just how detrimental the effects of clutter could be. I knew that if my living space was cluttered my ability to focus and concentrate was greatly reduced. For years decluttering gurus have spoken of the adverse effects of clutter however recently science has proven what decluttering experts have long since known – that clutter directly impacts our ability to concentrate and focus and that it considerably reduces our creative ability. Once I achieved a decluttered and organised living environment my clarity of mind significantly increased and my productivity soared.

 

For many decluttering is one of those important but nevertheless non urgent tasks however when we look at the proven advantages to decluttering it is surprising it isn’t higher up on our list of priorities. After all, who doesn’t want to be more focussed, have higher levels of concentration and creativity?

 

Often those that feel a sense of urgency to declutter have reached the stage where their environment is unliveable but for those of us where it is simply a matter of out of sight clutter in our drawers or wardrobes the task of decluttering can seem less important.  In fact every possession we own has a certain level of emotional attachment for us, in effect causing us to expend emotional energy even though it may be out of sight. We are usually unconscious of this emotional attachment to our possessions however it uses up energy and focus which could otherwise be spent on more productive tasks. When we have a lot of possessions and they are unorganised as well the effects are profound, with an unorganised and chaotic environment directly corresponding to an unorganised and chaotic mind. Many argue a chaotic mind leads to clutter and this can be true also but whatever the cause if you deal with the physical clutter and have an organised environment then your mind will follow.

 

There are many causes of clutter, the amount of disposable time we have, whether we lead organised lifestyles and whether we tend to hoard will all effect how much clutter we accumulate and live amongst. Whatever the cause of your clutter you are just a few simple steps away from an organised, streamlined life, where your creativity, focus and concentration can all soar to new levels.

 

Next week the five essential steps to decluttering will be revealed and you can begin creating an organised living space, improving your concentration and focus, enabling you to lead your optimum life.

 

What areas of your environment do you consider cluttered? Do you have any electronic clutter? Please comment and join our community to gain encouragement, insight and support.

 

Exercises: 

  1. List all of the rooms or areas of rooms you would like to declutter.
  2. List all of the electronic clutter (email, favorites bar, folder structures) you would like to declutter.
  3. Make a list of all of the drawbacks to having clutter in your life
  4. Make a list of all of the benefits to having decluttered surroundings and place it somewhere noticeable like on the fridge or on a mirror. 

Further resources:

‘Sink Reflections’ by Marla Cilley