Embrace the Clutter!

Embrace the ClutterEmbrace the clutter!

Why on earth would I, a professional organizer, say such a thing?

Well, think about it. What’s the opposite of embracing something? Fearing it? Ignoring it? Avoiding it?

Doesn’t it seem like anything you fear, ignore, or avoid persists? It doesn’t go away, it just nags at you. Doesn’t it? Maybe not every second of every day, but repeatedly and persistently.

Meanwhile, it usually gets steadily worse, not magically better. Right?

Why not embrace your clutter – and yourself, and your flaws – and make friends with them?

Why not embrace your clutter – and yourself? Click To Tweet

Here are some of my thoughts on clutter, from the home page of my website:

  • Clutter is anything that stands in the way of the life you want to live.
  • Clutter takes many forms. Little things like paper; big things like furniture; negative thoughts; unfulfilling activities.
  • Clutter weighs us down. Physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually.
  • Everyone deserves to feel lighter. The egret-taking-flight logo represents the freedom of rising above clutter!
  • Organizing skills can be taught…but not every organizing system works for everybody.
  • I can help you create the RIGHT organizing system for YOU!
  • Less clutter in your home, office, schedule and mind means more room for the life you really want to live. Less clutter. More life.

How can you embrace your clutter and treat yourself like a friend?

What do you do for friends? You accept them as they are, and find ways for them to be happy. Right?

So, would make you happier? Less clutter? Less stress? More time to do what you enjoy most?

What is your clutter costing you? Can you really afford not to get organized?

Do you know what you need to do? Or, do you need help? Do you have someone to help you, or do you need to hire a professional organizer?

Think about what would make the de-cluttering process faster and funner for you. Working with a friend? Before and after photos? Energizing music?

Don’t forget; it didn’t get that way overnight. Be patient. Don’t judge yourself; just accept the situation and solve the problem. If you don’t face — and embrace — your clutter, how will you ever be able to get rid of it?

Self acceptance doesn’t preclude self improvement! In fact, I think it might be a prerequisite. Click To Tweet

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.

— Carl Rogers

C’mon, have a little faith in yourself. And, finally, don’t forget to reward yourself. Depending on how much, and how fast you work, this could range from a nice cup of tea to a professional house cleaning. Or, is a nice clutter-free space (or functional schedule) reward enough for you?

Have you been avoiding your clutter?

What are you finally ready to embrace?

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  1. Seana G Turner on July 18, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    I love this post. We don’t need to pretend that we don’t struggle. I think it easier to simply come to terms with our own limitations and get help in any area where we need it. No one is great at everything!

  2. Sabrina Quairoli on July 19, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Great post! Pretending that all is perfect has no benefit. Being honest with yourself is key. When you are honest with yourself, you are more open to changing what you dislike. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Sarah Soboleski on July 19, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    What a nice way to reframe our relationship with clutter. I love your encouraging and motivating tone in this post. Rewarding ourselves for facing our clutter is great advice. I’m all about the chocolate! 😉

  4. Hazel Thornton on July 25, 2016 at 7:04 am

    @Seana, @Sabrina, @Sarah, I’m glad you all liked this post. Thank you for your additive comments! Clutter is more about the people than it is about the stuff, don’t you think?

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