Clearing Clutter

"I can't stand this anymore!" I said to myself, as I stood in the middle of my home office. Every time I walked in there, I felt cramped and stifled. Too much . . . stuff! The crowded, cluttered feeling drained my energy and contributed to an unpleasant work experience.

I began to de-clutter this room by moving out a day-bed. Suddenly the space opened up and I could breathe! New energy began to flow as I rearranged and discarded other smaller items. The room looked larger. When I had finished, I actually felt joyful entering that room. I could work there in physical and psychological comfort.

For many of you, when your physical space is cramped and cluttered, you feel ill at ease, distracted and anxious. You can't relax or accomplish things easily. The situation calls to you to remedy it. When you do nothing, it persists in nagging at and distracting you.

Clutter happens on a psychological level as well. You may hold on to old beliefs about yourself, or resentments toward others, or longings for something past or future. When you cling to inner clutter, it makes your world tiny. You bump into it regularly. When you live in the cramped confines of a small inner world, you limit your joy and satisfaction. You imprison yourself in feelings of overwhelm and failure. You cannot make your dreams happen with such an inner environment.

It's the perfect time to engage in spring cleaning and to handle the inward and outward clutter. Begin with one area in your home - a closet or corner. Rid that area of clutter and then move on to the next area.

Enter your rooms of psychic clutter and do the same. Get out of your comfort zone. Stretch by taking action that you wouldn't ordinarily take. This will move and shift the clutter, enabling you to emerge from the status quo. Begin with one weight or limitation, and then move to the next. Get professional support if you need it.

Sweep away the cobwebs of resentment and beliefs that no longer serve you. Move out accumulated resentment, worry and regret. Invite forgiveness in as a permanent resident. Employ gratitude to chase worry and anxiety out the door. Usher in acceptance to soothe the pain of regret.

In doing so, you will open up space inside you for fresh breezes to blow; for new life to bubble up. You may be surprised at how energized you feel. You will create flow and ease and the satisfaction of feeling complete.

Dr. Carol McCall (my Life Coach and mentor) teaches a tool called completion. De-cluttering, both outwardly and inwardly, promotes a sense of feeling complete for now. Completion allows you to move on to the next event or task with your full focus on it. It enables you to handle what's current with effectiveness and efficiency.

In this season, as the earth awakens with new life, plant new seeds that will blossom in your life as satisfaction, freedom and joy!

To contact Dr. Marta, write her at drmartacoach@gmail.com or call (928) 451-9482.

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