Clutter Outside = Clutter Inside

Having a clear mind and a clear space allows you to think and act with purpose.
— Erika Oppenheimer

It's the very first day of 2015. Woohoo! Is your nest ready to incubate your dreams into fledgling actions?

My mom says, “Organization is the key to happiness!” Okay, that may be a bit over-zealous, but I've found that when my physical space is too cluttered, my thoughts become jumbled and chaotic. Like a heavy fog settling over a mountain peak, the mess obscures my thoughts.

Disclaimer: My son says he learned his "stop & drop" method from me so I may be extra talented in creating piles of stuff.

I’m not suggesting a perfectly organized life from your desk to your junk drawer. That would be over-the-top. I’m suggesting that you know when the clutter is out of control, when it’s distracting, when you can’t find anything, or when it’s an eyesore for you. That kind of clutter has a way of creeping from the outside into your inner world, and causing disruptive static when you try to tune into your inner voice. 

After I organize or clean-up something that has been bugging me, I feel more at peace and ready to dive into projects with my full, wholehearted attention. 


Take a baby step. For 15 minutes, organize or clean-up something. For example, separate everything from a pile based on whatever makes sense to you such as, making a separate stack for each room, file, or container and then putting it all away. 

Write in your journal or visually represent your thoughts to these prompts:

These 5 words describe how I feel about the notion of organizing or cleaning...

While I was cleaning/organizing, I felt...

Now that I'm finished, I feel...