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?
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?
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?
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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