New Technique to Combat the Clutter Buts

You are probably wondering what Clutter Buts are….

Clutter Buts are the sneaky thoughts and feelings that we have about our clutter. Ideas that keep us stuck and sometimes feeling useless and unable to move forward.

One of my missions is to ban the Clutter Buts in the world of the business women I work with.

Some Common Clutter Buts

But …. I don’t have enough time

But …. I have to buy storage first

But …. there’s too much stuff

But …. I don’t have enough energy

All Clutter Buts are understandable. I don’t call them excuses. I can them Clutter Buts!

The thing with clutter is that its icky and sticky. Energetically it really does suck. This makes us want to avoid it. So we procrastinate and put off decluttering even thou we really hate it and would rather it was done. And we come up with Clutter Buts in order to put it off even more.

Discover Your Clutter Buts

Yours may be obvious or subtle but it pays to identify them because once you have them you can challenge them. When you have resistant thoughts about decluttering notice the feelings are coming up. What stops you? What makes you resist? Write your Clutter Buts in your journal.

A New Technique to Combat the Clutter Buts

Journaling is an age old technique we have used to get stuff out and make us feel better in the process. I encourage you to use yours to explore your clutter.

Write your Clutter Buts in your journal.

Once you have them in front of you, you can tackle them head on.

Let’s play the …… Turn the Clutter But Around

You have to relax into this with a little bit of imagination. The idea is that you turn the Clutter But around so that new thoughts, emotions and possibilities become available to you. Solutions and the motivation to see them through pop on out. Hurray for solutions and motivation for indeed they make the world go round.

So ….

I don’t have enough time …. becomes ….. If I had the time how would I feel and what would I do?

I have to buy storage first …. becomes …. If I had all the storage first how would I feel and what would I do?

There’s too much much stuff …. becomes ….. If there was just enough stuff how would I feel and what would I do?

There is something magical and loosening about these questions. Thoughts and feelings begin to untangle and action becomes possible.

If you love journalling and want to use it to improve your business check out Carol Brennan, she’s an expert in the field of journalling for business development.

If you would like some support and inspiration to start your decluttering journey then I am here to help. At the moment I am offering an amazing coaching experience that will motivate and inspire you to declutter. Check it out here.

Where do you start Decluttering?

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Where do you start to Declutter?

You are ready.  You have decided that you are going to do it.  But there is so much.  You don’t know where to start.
At this moment clutter overwhelm can put you off.  Don’t let it.
Here are a few simple  tips on choosing where to start your decluttering.

 Declutter a tiny area

 Starting small takes away all pressure. Choose something very small: a table, a book shelf, a pen pot and start there.  It can be a quick win which gives you confidence and allows that energy to start flowing.

Declutter in 10 minute stints

 Timing yourself works in a similar way.  It gives you control.  However overwhelmed you feel, you will be able to do ten minutes.  When you work like this start on the area you feel most drawn to.  Tackle that first in ten minute stints.

Declutter the area which will have the most impact on your life

 When you are ready, this is the most impactful way to work on decluttering.  Ask your self the following questions to find your target area:
  • Which area causes me the most hassle in my work and life at the moment?
  • What do I really want in my business that my clutter is stopping me from achieving?
  • What area of clutter most stops me living my life freely and without hassle?

Often its the area that you have most been procrastinating about.  For me, for a long time it was my office.  Then I realised that it was just the room I needed to declutter to get the juices flowing in my business again.

 When you have identified which area is causing you the most difficulty then its time to begin. Working in this area can release enormous amounts of magical  energy and will be of great benefit to you.

You will be in the zone of life where you most need to make changes.  This work can be exhilarating.  Lots of thoughts and feelings will be flying about when you tackle this type of clutter.  But its worth it.

Just a last little tip …. keep a notebook with you to write down any ideas that occur to you.

If you would like some support and inspiration to start you decluttering journey then I am here to help.  At the moment I am offering an amazing coaching experience to help get you kick-started.  Have a look here to see how we can declutter together.

How to Tackle Your Clutter Overwhelm

There is nothing wrong with things. Some are essential, some are useful, some are enriching. But when we have too many things and they start to create stagnant energy in our lives, then its time to declutter. But knowing exactly what clutter is, what to let go of and what to hang on to, can be challenging. It can even be overwhelming. Here are a few tips to help you get unstuck.

Don’t Look at the Bigger Picture

This is unusual advice but not in this case. Sometimes looking at the clutter as a whole is overwhelming. Yuck! Who wants to feel like that?

Take a Step Back from your Clutter

Choose one small area
Get close in
Take a deep breath
Its just one thing at a time

Setting the Timer can Help

Setting short time limits on your decluttering can help combat overwhelm. Just ten minutes. You can do that. Tiny steps. And that is all you need. I’m a great procrastinator and that has helped me no end over the years.

So …………. just one small area for just ten minutes.

Following your instincts

If you can relax enough you may find that that is enough. You are asking yourself for only ten minutes of decluttering and you just going to look at a really small area. There is no pressure. Just this can get your juices flowing where perhaps previously you were stuck.

Useful Decluttering Questions

So here you are. Perhaps still in overwhelm. You pick up your first item and you still have no idea if you should let it go or keep it. If you are still stuck then questions can help to dislodge your energy around the things you are trying to declutter.

My standard decluttering questions are:

Do you love it?
Do you need to keep it for practical or legal purposes?

If the answer to either of these questions is no then what you have in front of you is most likely to be clutter.

It could be that even thou you have answered no to these questions that the monkey brain is still chattering away to you. I call this the Clutter Buts.  Let’s talk about the Clutter Buts

The Clutter Buts

The Clutter Buts are all your clutter objections coming to the surface. They represent what is holding you back from letting go of your unwanted and uneeded posession.  Here are some examples of Clutter Buts:

But my daughter gave me this
But this was expensive
But what if I need it later on
But I could do with a spare one anyway
But I’ve had it for years

Don’t Declutter Everything Straight Away

If you have been in serious clutter overwhelm and you have a case of the Clutter Buts that’s ok. Release the clutter that you are ready to release. And no more. That is fine.

If you suffer from overwhelm the aim is to just get the ball rolling. To start to move some of your clutter, not to tackle everything and move yourself into more overwhelm. Easy, That’s the name of the game. Be very kind and gentle on yourself. It will come.

Keep Setting the Timer

Keep on at it gently. You will declutter things and over time it all gets much easier.  I promise.

If you would like decluttering support.  I’ve got a great offer on at the moment if you want to take a look over here. My aim is to help you through the process of change and make it fun, invigorating and easy, with a good few surprises along the way.