The week between Christmas and New Year can be a good time to clear the clutter from your life – and that includes both physical and mental clutter.
The physical surroundings we live in every day in our homes, offices and cars have a strong impact on us. Cluttered environments drain your energy. Just think about the last time you organized a drawer or cleaned your car – do you remember how accomplished you felt, and how you were able to approach the rest of your day from a much lighter perspective? That’s because you released stagnant, cluttered energy.
Allegra, Ruby and I have been working on decluttering for the past few days. Since the girls have been good girls all year long, Santa showered them with toys and treats, and they decided that it was time to go through the toy baskets and get rid of some of their older toys, which they will donate to a local rescue group.
Meanwhile, I’ve been going through file folders and piles on my desk. I’m pretty organized – the photo above of Amber shows my desk pretty much as cluttered as it ever gets. I don’t function well with visible disorder. Unfortuantely, I’m not nearly as good about the space inside my desk drawers or closets, so there’s been some serious decluttering going on.
I always feel lighter after getting rid of clutter and things that no longer serve me, and I highly recommend the practice. With a little feline assitance, decluttering doesn’t have to be a chore. Make a game of it with your cats: as you get rid of papers, toss some balled up paper for them to chase, bring out some boxes to collect items you’re going to get rid of (just make sure to check for any cats inside before tossing!), and make decluttering a fun project.
Do you take time to declutter and get organized for the year ahead?