“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo da Vinci.
In the early hours of this coming Sunday, clocks in the UK will need to be adjusted by one hour as we will enter British Summer Time. It’s always a great moment for me because it means we get to see more daylight and experience longer evenings.
For me, it also represents a time of the year where I take the opportunity to reflect and consider if there is a need for me to let go of anything, to declutter and simplify my life. I feel that clearing clutter helps to create some space for growth, new projects and adventures.
Completing a decluttering exercise always provides me with a sense of completion and accomplishment and it energises me. It also sharpens my focus, provides clarity on my key priorities moving forward and somehow makes me feel lighter.
Clutter is defined in the dictionary as a “crowded and untidy collection of things”. That is true but it is only part of the story and describes clutter on a physical level.
A more complete definition would be:
Clutter can affect us on a physical level and have a negative impact on our energy levels. It can lead us to feel tired and lethargic and make us feel stressed and overwhelmed. Valuable time can also be wasted as we search for things e.g. looking for a document in a pile of papers.
It can weigh us down, make us put things off, procrastinate and keep us stuck in the past. As a result we may not be able to “see the wood for the trees” and there may be no room for anything new to come into our lives.
Disposing of clutter is an important part of the change process and aligns with the Socrates quote “The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new.”
Pause for a moment and consider how much of your life, home and workspace is taken up with clutter.
Clutter prevents us from focusing on what’s really important and valuable to us, our key priorities and the people closest to us. Everything we have has a call on our attention and therefore the more clutter we have means that more of our energy is tied up in mundane matters.
When we clear out the clutter, it allows us to focus and put the important things in our life into perspective rather than being bogged down in the details of day to day maintenance.
The process of clearing clutter is all about learning to let go. It isn’t just about letting go of the belongings but the feelings and fear that keep us holding onto an excess of stuff. Life is constantly changing, so when something comes into your life, enjoy it, use it well and when it is time be prepared to let it go so that you can experience new things.
As well as physical clutter, our minds can become overloaded and we can suffer from mental clutter. This is a bi-product of the modern world and our access to many forms of technology and distraction. It’s said that our conscious brain can hold just 7 bits of information. Is it any wonder then that we can sometimes feel overloaded mentally given that we’re exposed to millions of bits of information every day?
This week, why not pause for a moment to reflect and consider if you need to let go of anything.
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