10 Things to Declutter in Your Business

Have a look at these ideas on how you could declutter your business to make things easier, simpler and more streamlined.

  1. PDFs – keep the ones you really love and will refer back to.  Check out this post if you’re a PDF junkie like me!
  2. Mindset – are your beliefs helping you to grow in your business?  Do you need to declutter some of those negative beliefs.  EFT can be a great tool for this.
  3. Your desk – this is one of the magic portals in your life and certainly one of the most important of the business magic portals.  Keeping your desk clutter free helps you create clarity and focus in your business.
  4. Stationary – I am a true lover of stationary but too much of anything aint good.  What stationary are you keeping and will you ever use it.  Is storing and managing it creating an energy drain in your business?
  5. Outgoings – are you paying for things in your business that you are not even using?  Services, apps or subscriptions, for example that were once a good idea but no longer serve you.
  6. Facebook Groups – do you belong to too many groups that you aren’t participating in?  Clear that social media clutter.  It’s just a distraction.  Gropus that you enjoy are where its at.  Focus your energy there as it will be a better energetic match for you.
  7. Busy work – do you have focus in your business or do you spend hours doing busy work that doesn’t really help you achieve your goals.  Check out this Facebook group that I belong to which helps you to increase productivity by focusing on your important goals. ditch the busy work and enjoy focusing on your dreams.
  8. Business goals – are your goals in alignment with your values?  Sometimes when we are not achieving our goals it’s because we are keeping ourselves stuck working on goals that don’t align with our values.  So our business are cluttered with goals that are not a good fit for us.  That makes achieving anything an uphill, energetic drain.
  9. Email Clutter – this is a biggie for lots of us.  Is your inbox jam packed with newletters that you don’t even read?  Taking time out to deal with backlog is well worth the effort.
  10. Your office – another magic portal.  What does your office say about you and your business.  What would you like it to say?  What’s your vision for your business and how can you create an office  that reflects this?

    The point here is to choose – actively choose what you want in your business.  Don’t let clutter drain and dictate.  You are in charge.

If you would like some support and inspiration to start your decluttering journey then I am here to help.  Click here to find out more.

Reasons for Clutter and How to Overcome Them

There are many reasons why we might become cluttered.  Do you know what yours are?

I had two main reasons for my clutter:

1) Having lots of things on the go and never ever finishing anything
2) What I percieved of as lack of energy to do anything about the clutter

I used to have lots of creative projects and none of them were completed.  Plus of course, lots of supplies: fabrics, paints, papers, wools etc.

I realised last year that I probably have a form of ADHD which explains a lot in my life, including having a creative, scatterbrained mind which needs routines and systems to function properly.

This needed a mindset shift on my part.  I realised that having all these half completed projects was a real energy drain.  It never felt good that all these ideas never got finished.  I did two things: firstly I got rid of the things that I really didn`t like very much and then made up my mind to complete the rest before starting anything new.

It worked and I keep this up to this day.  At the moment all I have is a cross stitch on the go and that`s it.  If I want to make a present for someone’s birthday then I`ll break the rule, but that`s it.

The second reason for my clutter habit was my low energy: I`ve always been a very low energy person so getting organised just seemed like too much effort.  I wanted to reserve my energy for other things, certainly not for sorting and organising.

What I didn`t realise was that not clearing the clutter was more of an energy drain.  Once it was clear and I had created systems for myself then I had more energy, not less. Again, this was about mindset and about tackling the clutter little by little on the days when my energy was lower.

How about you?

There are so many reasons for the clutter in our lives.  Here are some more which may apply to you:

Issues of time

Too busy – lots of people feel that the reason they have so much clutter is that they are so busy they have no time to dedicate to clearing their clutter. We live in a very busy world  and when a time space clears then we fill it with another activity.

Conclusion: clutter and disorganisation actually make our time issues worse.

We are in a rush –  We go to the wardrobe in the morning to find something to wear……… everything is in a jumble and there’s just too much of it……… we spend extra time scrabbling around trying to find a suitable outfit ………. because it’s in a jumble it’s now creased. We have to iron it. We spend the rest of the day like this. We waste an awful lot of time!

If we spent just 10 minutes a day clearing the clutter we could make some headway. We feel we don’t have the time. It’s a vicious circle. You can break it.

That’s why I often recommend tackling the areas that would benefit you the most. When you begin to see the benefits you will begin to feel that it’s worth taking out the time to get started.

Procrastination – procrastination can stifle us in all areas of our life. In terms of clutter it’s just very visible.

You know what you need to do, you have the time and other resources  but you keep putting it off. Every time you put it off you feel bad about yourself. You look  at the paperwork and say to yourself ‘I must do something about that today.’ Another day  goes by. You feel worse. It’s like a rut. Break the back of it by gently getting into the habit of 10 mins a day. That’s all. Even at our worst we can do that.

Stress – sometimes when we are overstretched we become stressed and then everything is just too difficult to cope with. When you feel like this you need to take some time out before you even begin to clear your clutter. Try and create time for self care.  When you feel more relaxed you will be able to tackle your clutter.

Health Issues

Ill health and disability – Try to enlist the help of others and do a little at a time. You do as much as your health/disability will allow.

Emotional Issues

Lack of self-esteem – you don’t feel good about yourself and your surroundings are just a mirror image of this. You don’t look after yourself, your appearance or your surroundings.  If you have deep seated issues it might be beneficial for you to speak to a professional but in the meantime setting the clutter clearing wheels in motion will make a  positive start on your journey.

Depression – sometimes clients are just plain depressed and depression can be crippling. The best place to start would be your GP. Get checked over and get some help. It’s very  hard to get motivated when you have depression but even tiny amounts of time spent decluttering may boost your reserves.  Any small decluttering action you take will be worth it.

Inability to let go – sometimes we are stuck in the past. In cases of bereavement you may not be able to face your pain and grief and your possessions are a comforting security blanket. Time heals.  Allow yourself the time you need – you will know when you are ready and you can seek help when its time.

Sometimes we are holding on to a former version of ourselves.  An example of this would be holding on to a whole wardrobe of clothes which have not fitted you since 2010.  We change, sometimes this can be hard to accept but its hard to move on when you are living in the past.

Guilt – we often hang on to things through guilt. If we are given something as a gift we feel disparaging and unappreciative if we do not like the item. We feel too guilty to just give it  away to someone who will appreciate it more. When a gift is given it is released with love. It  then belongs to the recipient to do with as they wish. Would you want someone to keep something you had given them even though they didn’t really want it anymore?

Waste – we live in a consumer society where we acquire more things than we actually need.

Throwing things out makes us feel guilty because we acknowledge that there is too much.Its true there is too much and once you have cleared your clutter you will be in control of what comes into your house.In the meantime your priority is to clear the clutter you have to move your energy and life on.

Just in case – we sometimes keep an assortment of things ‘just in case’. A spare kettle – ‘just in case’ the one we have breaks down. If you follow this through we could accumulate double of  everything we own ‘just in case’.

Keeping things ‘just in case’ is about not having the faith that we will be able to have all that we need in the future. A lot depends on space too. If you live in a small flat and you are keeping ‘spares’ of everything you will probably feel very  cluttered and lacking in space.

Knowing your Clutter Reasons

Understanding your reasons for clutter can help.

Understanding the why will help you to create solutions. And for me, that`s what its all about: Simple creative solutions and systems – they make life easier and more fun.

When you are stuck, it`s the first step.

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 to help get you kick-started.  Have a look here to see how we can declutter together.

How Vision Boards Can Help with Decluttering

I adore creating vision boards (here’s one I did earlier.)  They set the intention of what your heart desires and what the heart truly desires is what I like to aim for.  Both for myself and for my clients.

What is the link between clutter and vision boards?

When we are talking energetic vibration and the law of attraction, which I very much like to talk about, focusing on clutter turns out to be an energetically very bad idea.  After all, we get more of what we focus on.

But when you are stuck in a rut it can be tricky to shift the perspective and anything we can do to loosen the grip of negativity and get ourselves to deep dive into pleasure and desire is a bonus.

Vision board for your clutter free life

Vision boards made us feel great.  They allow us to tap into our deepest desires.

This is what a vision board can help you do – create a link between your conscious and subconscious mind so that you feel naturally motivated.

The vision board is a simple but powerful and magical tool that you can use to motivate and inspire you. It’s like a mirror to the soul. It allows you to access your private fantasy world and create that ideal life in your reality.

So I encourage you to create a vision board of your clutter free life. Focus on how you will feel, what you will see, what you will be able to do.  You could do a joint one or separate them out: one for your business and one for your life in general.

Take your time and enjoy the creation of your future world. It’s not a fantasy, its something that can become real to you.

Refer back to it and ‘feel’ the feelings you want to have on a day to day basis. Get in tune with the positive vibrations of your board.

Check out this blog post that I wrote some time ago about how to create a vision board.

Vision boards can be useful in all areas of your life. You can do one for your whole year, your business, your relationships, even your money!

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 to help get you kick-started.  Have a look here to see how we can declutter together.

Reasons to Stay Cluttered: The Shadow Side

We want to get organised

We want to declutter

Our gut tells us it would help us in our lives and business

But yet ….. we find it impossible and we delay

We put it off

We get overshelmed at the very thought of it

We tell ourselves its not that important

Why is this?

Its because there is always a shadow side.  A side where not doing it is benefitting us in some way.

We all have shadow sides and its in the integration of our shadows that we can become free of our limitations.

When we don`t act when out gut tells us we should there is always a hidden benefit to carrying on just as we are.

Your shadow side will have a hidden agenda

Your shadow may whisper like this into your ear:

“I can do what I want and I like doing what I want.  It’s my mess and I like having it like this.  Nobody can tell me what to do.  I do what I want and that includes keeping my clutter.”

“My things make me feel safe.  I wouldn`t be me without them.”

“I don’t want to look after myself. I love being irresponsible and revelling in my chaos.”

“I don`t want people in my home.  If I`m cluttered they can`t come.”

“Clutter means I don’t have to try. I like not having to make so much effort.  I can`t progress my business because I have too much clutter. My clutter means that I can`t really try.”

Listen to your Shadow

Yes, your shadow has something to say and its important to listen.

I`ve know people to ignore their shadow, declutter and then within a couple of years find themselves in exactly the same cluttered place again.  That reminds me of the lottery winners with money mindsets that don`t support their new acquisition of funds.

Respect and listen to your shadow.  Listen and take action on its behalf.

What does your shadow need?

How can you help it feel valued?

Listen to your shadow, not so that you can clear your clutter (that`s just a bonus) but so that you can free yourself from her restrictions and drama!

If you would like some support and inspiration to start your decluttering journey then I am here to help.  Click here to find out more.

Why Decluttering is a Feminist Issue

 

I work with female entrepreneurs who want to declutter their lives and businesses and I see my business topic as a feminist issue.  These are the reasons why:

Traditionally there has been a lot of pressure and expectation on women to keep a clean and tidy home.  Lots of women rebel against this.  This can be an upfront, obvious refusal to conform or a subconscious or ancestral urge to push against the man.  So be it.  It get it.

I`m not about keeping up oppression or pressure to conform to old fashioned standards.  I`m all for liberation and for me that is what decluttering stands for:

  • Liberation from feeling that your clutter and environment controls you and not the other way around
  • Liberation to create your business and lifestyle untethered by the constraints of the every day funk that clutter projects
  • Liberation from endlessly searching for things
  • Liberation from being dependant on things (objects, ideas, even relationships) that don`t serve you

And instead …

  • The freedom to make choices based on a clear, clutter free head
  • The freedom to manifest your true desires because you are no longer attached to things from the past
  • The freedom to feel proud of who you truly are today and who you want to become tomorrow

So forget about old fashioned standards of female home making.  It’s not about that. It’s about you, in the now, creating the life you want for yourself and the people you care about.

Big love from me and rant over x

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 to help get you kick-started.  Click here to find out more.

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.

Pick Your Decluttering Helpers Carefully

Getting friends and family to help with your decluttering is a great idea.  It will save you time and sanity if you get the right people.  If you get the wrong people it will leave you feeling drained and lousy.

What you need is a pack of happy assistants who are there to help you and be guided by what you want.  You get to be the director.

Exposing our clutter can make us feel vulnerable.  When I started working with people to help them shift their clutter this time round I realised that I had forgetten about this. I noticed that it took people a while to show me the full extent of their clutter.  Even though I’ve seen it all before and I never judge but they weren’t to  know that!

Beware …

  • The people who want you to get rid of things before you are ready
  • The people who disapprove of your clutter and the way you live your life
  • The people who don’t listen to how you want the day to go
  • The impatient and the over incredulous
Call in ….
  • Those who bring food and drinks
  • Those who are happy to take orders – yours!
  • Those you trust with your intimate feelings
  • Those who embrace all the beauty and eccentricity of you
  • The practical and the humorous
This is your wishlist.  Others may be well meaning but its important for you to feel safe and in control.  You want your helpers to be a help, not a hindrance.

If you feel overwhelmed and would like some professional support and inspiration then I am here to help.

At the moment I am offering an powerful coaching experience to help get you kick-started.  Have a look here to see how we can declutter together.

The Ten Minute Decluttering Ideas List – come and add your own!

Cut the Decluttering Overwhelm

Sometimes, when its all just too overwhelming,  I recommend  women to tackle their clutter ten minutes at a time.

I often get asked: `What could you possibly declutter in ten minutes?`

Here`s a list of ideas to get you started:

  • Pen pot
  • Cutlery drawer
  • One computer file
  • Your client/customer files
  • Car boot
  • Your oracle cards
  • Small kitchen drawer
  • Your make up bag
  • One bag or drawer of craft supplies
  • One fridge shelf
  • The top of your bedside cabinet
  • The medicine cabinet
  • A purse/wallet
  • Your shoes (unless you are Imelda Marcos)
  • A small pile of papers
  • The floor on your side of the bed
  • The porch
  • One carrier bag of `unknown` things
  • Your hat collection
  • Jewellery box
  • Your briefcase
  • Your laptop bag
  • Your Intray
  • Top draw of your desk
  • One small book shelf

Have a go – just for 10 mintues

Pick one that appeals to you

Set your timer

And off you go

I`d love to hear your ideas for the Ten Minute Decluttering Ideas List. Please leave your comments below.  I’ll up date the list as I get more ideas from my readers!

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Decluttering can be overwhelming and emotional. 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.

4 Easy Rules to Help You Stay Clutter Free

Keeping an Area Clutter Free

One thing that I hear a lot from the business women that I talk to is  that once they declutter an area they find it hard to keep it clutter free.  Here are some tips that you might find useful:

Clutter Rules can be Fun

If you are anything like me, you might not be a fan of too many rules.  However, if you have a tendency to clutter then a nice set of rules can really help to keep you clutter free.

Clutter Rule No 1: One in one out

Once you have decluttered you may decide that you want to buy a particular piece of clothing for your work wardrobe, for example.  Rather than just building up pieces and finding that in 6 months time your wardrobe is cluttered again you make the rule that if you buy something then you have to let something go.

Clutter Rule No 2: Know your needs from your wants

Needing something is so different to wanting it.  It really is all relative but ….. whenever you are tempted to buy or bring something into your life ask yourself … “Do I really really need this or do I just want it?”  There’s nothing wrong with wanting things so then the next question would be …. “Do I really really love this thing?”

Clutter Rule No 3: Pause before you buy

Make a deal with yourself that you will not impulse buy.  If something comes to mind that you want ….. pause … wait a week at least, then review.  Impulse buying can be so pleasurable and easy but not always helpful when you are trying to stay clutter free.

Clutter Rule No 4. Defend your Magic Portals

Think of yourself as the fierce spiritual guardian of your Magic Portals.  Nothing comes in without your conscious, definite approval.  Whether its your inbox, your post box or the ingredients you buy to nourish your body and soul. You can stand guard and make decisions:

  • Do I really want this?
  • Will it add value to my life?
  • Where will it live?

I talk a lot about Magic Portals. Basically they are the energy centres in your home and business that allow things in and out on a physical and energetic level.  Remember that all matter is energy, so even physical items have their energetic representation in your psyche.

Allow in only things that nurture and support 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.

Recovery for the PDF Clutter Junkie

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Are your devices cluttered with  PDF freebies?

I must confess, I’m a recovering PDF junkie. How about you?

When we are starting in business or wanting to learn more about a topic, its no surprise that we want to download every freebie we can. Learning how to do business online is big business and every one wants a piece of our inbox.    What becomes of those juicy little gifts that give us that hit of momentary endorfins? The inbox gets full and we get into PDF clutter overwhelm.

The Inbox Magic Portal

I like to talk about the Magic Portals of energy in our lives and businesses.  One such portal is the inbox.  Its an energetic gateway into our space.  We give and receive through our inbox.  But let’f face it digital clutter can be an issue for many of us.

PDF’s are a particularly interesting part of our digital clutter.  They can be a modern day  super drug for the business entrepreneur.  Very addictive, particularly for the addictive amongst us.  Let’s face it, who doesn’t want a little gift in their inbox every day?

I love that feeling to be honest.  That little rush of excitement:

  • What will it be like?
  • Will it be useful?
  • Will it answer my question?
  • Will it help me?
But sometimes I have felt like a squirrel gathering nuts for the winter.  Hoarding nuts for the winter and then finding that there aren’t enough hours in the day to eat all the nuts or enjoy them.  But there are all the nuts, taking up all the space in the nest.

What can you do about PDF Clutter Overwhelm?

After many years of digital hoarding, I sorted out my PDF clutter overhelm this past month and this is what I did:

A PDF Sabbatical

I’ve stopped signing up willy nilly.  This has been as hard as stopping biting my nails.  With such targeted Facebook ads it was hard to control the ‘sign up’ urge.

If you are finding it tricky, just start a day at a time ….. literally.  Just say to your self ‘today will be ‘sign up’ free!’ And take it from there, one day at a time.  Currently I will only download something that is directly linked and useful to whatever my business goal of the month is.  Ironically, this month one of my goals is list building and creating a freebie!  Oh dear.  Lol!

Speaking to the Clutter Buts

The Clutter Buts are the objections your mind makes when you are trying to declutter.  And PDF decluttering brings up just as many Clutter Buts as anything else. When you are trying to stop downloading PDFs this is what the Clutter Buts sound like:

‘Oh, but that might come in really useful one day.’

‘She’s a great coach, I’m sure to learn something important!’

‘There will be new information in there that I don’t want to miss.’

‘I’ll just get this one.’

Ignore the Clutter Buts.  Focus on you, your business, your message and your goals.  That’s what’s important.  The rest is noise that can throw you off track and delay your progress.

When you really need to find information online, it will still be there for you to download when the time is right.

What about the PDFs you already have?

I’ve had a great time this month working through all my PDFs.  My other business goal this month was to declutter everything digital.  Its been amazing and eye-opening.  Also it’s taken some time and a little patience.

Where are the PDFs hiding?

I knew I had a lot of files lurking in unknown areas. My first goal was to search everywhere for PDFs.  There were lots and lots of them, dating back many years.
For this you can just type PDF in your search bars wherever you are looking.  Go through systematically, system by system.  Storage by storage.

Finding the juicy PDF nuggets

The next goal was to delete or store.  This is where I had the most fun.  Because I allocated some time every day for this,  it was easy and overwhelm free.

1) I love the decluttering feeling of releasing things that I don’t want any more.  It’s so liberating!

2) I got to look at all the amazing PDFs again.  Ooops, there goes the endorphin rush again  (but I love to learn so that’s how I roll)!  Aproach this step with caution as you could spend all day imersed in reading and then wanting to impletment all the information.  We are talking scanning here, not in depth reading of everything.

Yes there were a lot but the purpose of doing it was two-fold: firstly to declutter and secondly, and most importantly, to find the juicy pdf nuggets and deal with them accordingly.

Decide on where you are going to store your PDFs

This is a crucial step.  Once you decide where you are going to store your PDFs then you literally start to go through them one by one.

I decided to store everything in Evernote, which I adore, and keep it in a folder named ‘research’.   I tagged each note with the main content topic.

I deleted lots of PDFs of course.  Some contained information that I assimilated a long time ago.  Some where just not very useful.  Others were not relevant to me any more.

But others were … magnificent juicy resources that I intend to get back to when the time comes for me to delve deeper into an area.

If you want help with your digital clutter I am here to gently assist you.  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.