CLEARING THE CLUTTER by Crystal Horton

For most of us, our favorite belongings are found inside our home. Pictures of family and friends adorn the walls. Furnishings are placed creatively throughout the home, providing comfort. Many of us have fond memories of walking into our new home for the first time as a family. Memories of our children rolling over for the first time, giggling, crawling or walking can evoke many warm feelings within the walls of our home.

Sometimes our home becomes cluttered. Because of our hectic lifestyles, things may start to pile up. I recently sat down at my writing desk and realized that it had become a “collection zone” for anything and everything. Some of the items blanketing my desk included: toys, frames that needed to be updated with new pictures, papers to be filed, bills to be paid, brochures from a business I was in seven years ago, old business cards, a sewing machine with fabric for a DIY project and lastly, burlap used for making holiday wreaths for family and friends.

Yes, my desk had evolved from a burgundy, bold and beautiful piece of furniture into a storage bin with no room for a laptop, pen or journal. I felt disempowered sitting at my desk. In front of me were many of the projects I hadn’t finished. This could be why I was experiencing writer’s block.

One afternoon, while reading a chapter from Stephen Kings Memoir on Writing, I realized that all this clutter was crowding my thoughts. I was creating avoidance strategies that were keeping me from doing the things I loved to do. I recognized that something needed to be done, a drastic change was in order.

So here is what I did.

  1. The toys to “look at when I write” were donated.
  2. I delegated the frames that needed new pictures to a member of our family who enjoys doing this task.
  3. Another task I delegated were papers that needed filing electronically and shredded.
  4. I paid bills and then set them up on auto deduct.
  5. I threw away brochures and old business cards from the business I closed years ago.
  6. The sewing machine with fabric well, I had to face it and admit this was something I was never going to do, I donated it.
  7. I also delegated the DIY wreath project to my creative kid’s who actually enjoy making them.

…and just like that, my desk was free of clutter. By clearing the clutter and becoming more efficient with a productively organized system, my mind body and spirit felt cleansed as well.

Below are 3 action steps for clearing clutter:

DECIDE to become more efficient and respectful of your time. Understand the importance of minimizing unnecessary clutter.

DELEGATE to those in the household who might enjoy the project. My obsession with perfection is why I took control of the DIY project and hoarded it on my desk. I let go of my attachment and delegated the project to someone who truly enjoyed it.

DONATE what is not being used and taking up unnecessary space.

Feeling lighter and inspired, I realized my desk was taking up space and only collecting unnecessary projects. I rarely wrote at my desk and decided to store it in the garage. That space is now clean, clear and organized, adorned with a beautifully decorated small coffee table and chair and picture frames line the walls. This space is now my favorite place to write.

 

 

Crystal Horton is the author of “Stretch Marks, A Mother’s Journey To Awareness.”

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