Have you ever heard someone say decluttering makes them feel so good?
I LOVE DECLUTTERING! It's funny to say it out-loud, and to write it! But it is true, for me anyway. When my world is overwhelming or my anxiety is playing a part, I declutter. I experience a release, a letting go, but in the physical form. I wonder if this is because I am a visual learner? hum...
When my office feels disorganized or cluttered, my mind is taking an inventory of all the tasks that need to be completed. My books need to be dusted, that stack of paperwork needs to be filed, I need to hang that picture up, and so on and so on. Because I am highly creative my (inventor side) I have ideas floating through my head constantly. My reality is, I own and operate 3 eCommerce businesses and I am coaching. I don't have time to be distracted by my to-do-list.
Declutter - remove unnecessary items from (an untidy or overcrowded place)
Minimalist - a person who advocates or practices minimalism in art or music
So, I don't think I am a minimalist. Perhaps I am a "declutter-ist" Certainly not a word in the English language, however, I will just go with that. I had to go digging a little to find out what thought process minimalists/declutterists have. I found tons of opinions! The one that I could relate to in my own words. Being aware of my distractions and removing them, and becoming intentional with what I value the most.
Along this journey I discovered a term Analysis paralysis (also known as decision fatigue)
Analysis paralysis - is the state of over-analyzing (or over-thinking) a situation.
As a business owner a strength that must be acquired to be successful is confidence and decisiveness in making on the spot decisions. As an inventor I am highly creative. My mind is running 100 miles an hour all the time. I don't have any issues sleeping, my struggle is turning off the brain to sleep. I will sum it up for you. I am constantly in a battle with myself. Direction and staying on task do not come easy for me. Through this exploration I uncovered a weakness that does not align with the me that I want to be, so I need to squash over-analyzing like a bug! 3 years ago this April, I started my decluttering journey. It has been freeing, eye-opening and I am walking into the woman I am and want to be.
I had to start with my mindset. I had to come to terms that material possessions do not equate to my happiness. I needed to identify my end goal, and know exactly why I do the things I do. Self awareness for me was critical. This was my turning point. I remember one of my personal trainers telling me "your surroundings are a mirror image of what is on the inside of your mind." I didn't believe it then but I certainly believe it now!
I highly encourage you to explore this subject further. It has changed the way I think and operate. I am better off for it, and so are my businesses. Baby steps. Small steps, one at a time, one foot in front of the other. You can do this!
Feel free to ask me any questions. I would love to help in anyway I can!
Enjoy your day, count your blessings and remember you can do anything when you put your mind to something!!