4. Create actions
You can't fix it if you don't know how. Take two items from one of the two lists (pick those that are easily doable/fixable) and circle them. In the second column, write down how you can fix this problem - you can write down multiple solutions:
In the third column, write down a completion date. Do these two items this week.
5. Don't over-unclutter
Next week, pick another 2 or 3 items off one of the two lists, add a solution, and do them during the week.
6. Feel victory
As you start accomplishing more and more of these actions, notice the difference.
7. Welcome success
As you start literally cleaning up your life and space, you are getting rid of leaks that drain your energy. This energy can now be used to create the life you intended for. You are able to focus and success will naturally follow.
8. Future leaks
Although you will create new habits which prevent most energy drains, it is normal that over time, small leaks creep in. Now you have the tools to identify and fix them.
If something is not going so well in the future, ask yourself which energy drain might be the cause of it. Maybe you didn't exercise enough, lag behind in your filing or haven't had a massage in a year. Put it on the leak list and fix it this week!
Additional tips against clutter
1. ALL items in your house should be USEFUL and BEAUTIFUL.
“Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful and believe to be beautiful.” - William Morris
2. ALL items in your house should have a PLACE.
If they don't have one, create one. If you can't create one, toss it.
3. Ask yourself, what is my MOTIVATION for keeping this?
Don't link your items to past or future things. Especially not if they are draining your energy. You want to get rid of negativity. Trust your feelings, your instinct when you pick it up. If you don't feel good about it, throw it out.
4. Baby steps
Stick to the plan of doing a few things per week. Otherwise you get overwhelmed and will just stop the whole process.
5. Create a system
Avoid having to think about making appointments. Next time you're at the garage/hairdresser/dentist, schedule your next appointment(s). That way they are in the calendar and you can stop thinking about them.
6. Get committed
Put aside the time to do this. Get your partner involved.
And this should probably be up on the top of this article...
It all starts with your intention. What is it that you WANT? Write it down, clearly. Everything you do should be in line with your intention:
Mimi is a working mother of two little boys, who likes to out her creativity through writing, painting and photography. She blogs about self-improvement, creativity, her hobbies and much more at Mindful Mimi.
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