In my opinion, this month's blog is a thing of beauty.
What you see below is a De-Cluttering Mind Map created by Paul Foreman. Mind Maps are visual tools that literally provide the big picture and how things are connected within complex problem solving. Paul, as a guest, wrote an article on the IQ Matrix blog that is extremely insightful and very helpful on the topic of de-cluttering.
I've excerpted portions of his article here, but you really need to see and read it in it's entirety. At the end of this post are links to Paul's website and the IQ Matrix blog.
Answering the question asked by folks about what we do at Rightsize Your Life and how we go about helping our clients is complicated. There is no one answer, the process is highly individualized and initially sounds like this illustration looks. Once folks get started de-cluttering, freeing up space and regaining control of their environment their individual process becomes clear.
You can free a tremendous weight off your shoulders and mind, not to mention your floorboards, simply by having a big clear out of unwanted stuff. Once you start de-cluttering it is very contagious. The benefits begin to drive you on and are felt immediately.
A clear mind is a problem free mind. Free space – free mind. Often a cluttered environment makes for a cluttered mind. Relaxation is much easier in a clean, neat, tidy, uncluttered space. Contemplate where you feel most relaxed – most at ease and consider why. Often it is a clear, open and airy environment with minimal distractions; somewhere you can really unwind.
Relaxation and a calm mind allow for fresh, vibrant and new thoughts and ideas.
Initially, motivation to start de-cluttering can be a problem, yet it is easy to combat – you just start! One small step is all it takes to start the ball rolling – even if you only remove one item!
It’s a common habit and not something to feel ashamed of. You can choose to take action however.
Be careful not to burn yourself out by taking on too much in one go. Start with one area and see what a difference it makes to tidy it into a pleasant, clean, clutter free, dust free space; even if it is just one corner of a room, or one cupboard.
Who is going to sort this lot out when I’m gone?
Would I really want to leave this mess behind me?
Will it fit into my coffin?
Laugh at it and you’ll see how silly it is that we hoard “stuff”. Start releasing on things in a small way and the ball starts rolling. A great way to de-clutter is to fill carrier-bags a bit at a time and place them in your car boot or garage. When you have several bags pay a trip to the charity shops; it lifts pressure off your shoulders every time! Remember there may be some items you should have valued and most auction houses have free valuation days – just in case you are letting go of a small fortune! It also lets your mind rest easy that you haven’t let go of something you might later think to be valuable and start worrying about it!