Identifing Your Clutter to Move Forward

by gracebrooke

As an organizer, I like to educate myself, grow, and be up to date on the professional organizing industry. I am currently listening to Julie Morgenstern’s new book on CD called “When Organizing Isn’t Enough SHED”. Julie asks the question, “What is clutter?” Julie makes the statement that clutter can be anything that keeps you STUCK on a physiological, emotional, physical or spiritual level that keeps you from moving forward in the direction that you want to go. I strongly agree with this comment and as an organizer there are times when I struggle to let something go and can feel the pull which keeps me stuck in state of mind or place that I don’t want to be. My struggle is typically with my children’s baby clothes.

Currently, I have my 4 year old daughter’s baby clothes organized in clear plastic bins sorted by size. I have sold half of her wardrobe which ranges from birth to size 3T. The other half is still sitting in my garage taking up valuable space! I want to do more with that space which will bring joy and comfort to the whole family. I realized some time ago that I was holding onto these clothes due to messages my mother would tell me at a young age. For example, “Don’t get rid of that, you may need it someday” or “That is still of value”. There is an emotional connection that I have to these baby clothes which is keeping me stuck and I am not utilizing the storage space in a way that would be more beneficial to the family.

I had three excuses as to why I am still was holding onto the clothes. The first excuse was that I was saving them just in case I had another girl (my second child was a boy). The second excuse was that I wanted to sell them, but trying to find time in my busy schedule is a bit unrealistic. The third and final excuse was that I wanted to give the baby clothes to a friend, but none of them have children a year or two young than my daughter.

I made the decision yesterday to purge ALL the clothes by making arrangements to give them to children that are less fortunate (something I do with all the other items that I no longer want or use). It dawned on me that it was these baby clothes that were keeping me stuck in the past and limiting me from moving forward in a direction that I would like to go.

As you can see, we are all human. Organizers deal with similar struggles as the rest of the world when it comes to clutter. Being organized is not a destination, but rather a journey. Everyone experiences some form of clutter in their life. The first step is to determine what it is (either on a emotional, physiological, physical, or spiritual level) and how you can remove it from you life so you can move forward in creating the life you WANT to live.

I highly recommend Julie Morgenstern’s new book which will help you SHED the physical and behavioral clutter holding you back so you can finally create real changes in your life.

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