As I look around my home office, I see things that I love like my guitar, a picture of “Shakespeare’s London”, and photos of my grandmother. But when I look closer, I see piles of paper, stacks of books, and a bunch of other random crap. And I don’t even want to think about the closet.
But I can still sit at my desk. I get things done. And I can find what I need most of the time.
Maybe it isn’t that bad. But let’s face it, when something “isn’t that bad”, it isn’t that good either. Right?
Taking a closer look at my behavior and feelings toward my office reveals a desire to avoid it. What was once my haven of serenity and creativity, now feels heavy with ToDos. Thoughts do not flow as easily as they once did. And until today, I’ve been spending as little time as possible at my desk. And since I work from home, that seems… well, wrong.
“Clutter is anything that gets between you and the life you’d like to be living.” ~ Peter Walsh
I want great not good in my life. I want to thrive not just survive. So how is it I’m looking at “not that bad”?
It happens easily enough. We get busy or lazy or distracted. Any of those things (and many more) can lead to clutter build up. But the how it happens isn’t as am important as what you do about it.
So I will declutter my office to make room for the life I want to live. And you can hold me accountable on that. I plan to do it little by little over the next couple of weeks, and I’ll keep you posted on my progress.
Will clearing clutter from my office really change anything? Yes. I believe it will if I commit to keeping it up. It will make room for creativity and flow. There will be room on my desk for new ideas instead of just a list of ToDos. And I will breathe easier knowing I’m taking steps toward my best life.
Forget about “not that bad”. What is getting in the way of living the life you’d like to be living?