From time to time I reintroduce prior blog posts I’ve written that I can’t really improve on. Letting Go of Clutter–it’s really holding you back!
is one of my most popular posts at SelfGrowth.com. If you want to discover the psychological reasons you might be holding on to junk, read that post.
Another good one is about Letting Go of Your Ex. We often hold on to toxic relationships long past there due date.
These doctors in the article below claim that hanging on to negative experiences in your brain can be detrimental to your health as well. A recommended read:
Is Your Brain Stuck in the Past? – David Perlmutter, M.D. F.A.C.N and Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D. – Heal Your Life.
1) Take an inventory of where you have clutter in your life. Examine your immediate work space, your home space, your car, your friendships. Assess the size of the clean up job and schedule time to handle it accordingly.
2) Start with baby steps. Remember, dealing with clutter is often overwhelming because it brings up painful emotions related to our psychological attachment to the clutter. If you’ve got clutter all over your home or office, start with one small area and clean that up first.
3) Pace yourself so that you don’t get burned out on letting go. Set small goals of one file at a time. Set a time goal of one to two hours per day to clear up the clutter until you’ve got it under control. Thereafter, you should be able to manage it with less than ten to fifteen minutes per day.
4) Fade away. If you’ve got a group of friends that are a negative influence on your life, remove yourself gradually from the group by seeing them less and less over a period of time. Surround yourself with positive people and experiences. Often the people we’ve outgrown will just naturally drop out of our lives once we’ve claimed our authentic selves.
5) Reward yourself for embracing your clutter-free self and removing the blocks to your success. Get a manicure, go to a movie, buy yourself a lottery ticket!