Goodbye Clutter! (Non-Physical)

One thing that can be even more insidious than physical clutter is clutter of the non-physical variety.

What do I mean by that?   Basically, clutter is anything that’s taking up space and serving no purpose in moving us or our lives forward.

Physical clutter is easy to see because it’s usually making a mess of the physical space around us. But what about our emotional space, our psychological space or our energetic space?

When we hold onto ideas, habits, feelings or beliefs that serve no useful purpose, they are just crowding our space, draining our energy and keeping us from moving forward.

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Maybe they used to work for you but it’s something you’ve outgrown. Or, maybe they NEVER served a useful purpose.  Like some Christmas present that you never used but didn’t want to throw away because of your love for the person that gave it to you.

Some ideas or beliefs are like that.  Maybe an idea that you got from your parents about your limitations, or what you “should” do. Even though it never really served to help move you forward, you never really got rid of either.

To me, THAT’s the most important clutter to identify!   And sometimes it’s the hardest.

Because often belief clutter can dress itself up as “good advice” or as “just being practical.”  But unless it’s helping you move forward in your life now it’s, AT BEST, harmlessly weighing you down. And, AT WORST, actively keeping your from attaining your goals.

I can tell you that just like physical clutter, there can be a level of “comfort” – almost the feeling of a security blanket – from not throwing it out.  It’s familiar. It’s been there forever. And with the space it’s taking up, you don’t really have room for that new idea, that new project, that new risk that you’ve been considering.

It’s a convenient excuse to say NO to that opportunity to move in a different direction.

But, trust me, like with any clutter, the faster you get rid of things that aren’t helping you, the faster and more successfully you can move forward.

Getting rid of clutter like that is like taking your foot off the brake. But it ALSO frees up that foot to step on the gas!

I can tell you that just like physical clutter, there can be a level of “comfort” – almost the feeling of a security blanket – from not throwing it out.  It’s familiar. It’s been there forever. And with the space it’s taking up, you don’t really have room for that new idea, that new project, that new risk that you’ve been considering.

It’s a convenient excuse to say NO to that opportunity to move in a different direction.

But, trust me, like with any clutter, the faster you get rid of things that aren’t helping you, the faster and more successfully you can move forward.

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Getting rid of clutter like that is like taking your foot off the brake. But it ALSO frees up that foot to step on the gas!

I CAN tell you that emotional, psychological or energetic clutter can be more slippery than physical clutter.  You may have to get rid of it over and over again.

But that’s actually fantastic, right?   Because you don’t have to be as scared or as brave when you throw it away.

With physical clutter, usually if it goes in the trash, it’s gone out of your physical space. (If it’s actually a sign of clutter in your non-physical space, similar physical clutter might come right back — but the original item is gone.)

But with this less visible clutter, it can be harder to get rid of. It’s stickier. But it gives you the chance over and over again to really examine if it’s working for you and re-affirm over and over that you are choosing a different idea, belief, feeling or energetic practice.

One technique that I ran across for dealing with physical clutter is to identify areas where you tend to let clutter accumulate and put something beautiful or something that you LOVE there. As a replacement for the clutter.

I love that idea!   When you see something beautiful sitting in that space, then the idea of junking it up with something you don’t even really care about seems ridiculous!  It’s like setting up a clutter force-field!

So maybe try that with different thoughts, ideas and beliefs?   When you identify those things that aren’t working for you or are holding you back, try setting up a different belief in that space. Something that EXCITES you and makes you feel wonderful!

For instance, in modern times we have developed a real fear of failure – like no other time in our history.

It’s almost like the expectation is that you have to be instantly the best at something in order to TRY it.

Maybe because things are so much more ‘instant‘ these days with the internet. Any failure might be instantly captured on our friends’ phones and posted on YouTube or submitted to America’s Funniest Videos.  Whatever the reason, people have become scared of even trying something new. Or they’ll try it once and that’s it.

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But that’s not what businesses are built on. That’s not what this country was built on.

Thomas Edison tried one thing after another to make the incandescent light bulb a viable commercial product. But attempt after attempt was unsuccessful.

After thousands of “failures,” one of his associates was discouraged and Edison cheerily assured him that they now knew for a certainty that it couldn’t be done that way. Or any of the other thousands of ways that they’d tried so far. But this failed experiment moved them closer to their goal.

WONDERFUL example of replacing useless mental clutter with something positive and encouraging!

So, rather than fearing failure, stop demanding instant success and see it as a process.Businesses, like everything else, are built on TRYING something, and if it doesn’t give us the results we want… trying something else.

So what about you?   Can you find examples of mental, emotional or limiting belief clutter in your own life?  Which type do you find the hardest to “clean up?”   Can you think of ways to replace it with something else? Something that can help you move forward?

Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.  In a community like this, when one of us succeeds, ALL of us succeed!

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5 Comments

  1. Virginia Reeves January 5, 2017 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    Sabrina – my favorite part is the analogy of replacing the unwanted item (thought, belief, or emotion) with something beautiful you don’t want to junk up. I’ve been working (again) on both physical and internal clutter. It can be sticky but it’s worth ridding yourself of the junk and gunk.

  2. Catherine Morrisey April 6, 2017 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    Example of mental clutter:
    Habitually thinking that I can’t complete something because it is too difficult and I feel overwhelmed.

    Replace this with awareness and conscious effort to sum up everything that has gone right so far, and everything that has been accomplished so far.

    This is an amazingly powerful antidote to fear of failure. It gives me a boost of self esteem and reminds me to just keep putting one foot in front of the other, keep moving forward, and eventually I will get it done.

    • Sabrina Truscott May 10, 2017 at 4:58 pm - Reply

      Exactly, Catherine! Fear of failure is so useless. Mainly because EVERYONE fails. That’s like fearing breathing. Just learn what you want, what works to accomplish that and what will create MORE of that in your life. 🙂

  3. Cecilia benavides April 28, 2017 at 11:24 pm - Reply

    Great! Make me decide to pay attention in my things… my thouths and feelings with more frecuency and ask me of it really helos me to grow and be happy. Just now una finishing to read the Marie Kondo’s book. It goes perfectly with your articule. Thanks a lot!

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