Lighten Your Load

In the scope of a happy life, a messy desk or an overstuffed closet is a trivial thing, yet I find that getting rid of clutter gives a disproportionate boost to happiness. Gretchen Rubin, author

The average U.S. home contains more than 300,000 objects. Our society trains us to regard the ownership of things as a mark of success and happiness. Yet, even when we are surrounded by things we value, their impact becomes negative when we become stressed and overwhelmed by the prospect of digging out or when they impinge on our movement, time, relationships.

Clearing closets and distributing personal effects of loved ones after they have died is an especially difficult task. Yet, even these things, unworn and unused, become emotional as well as physical clutter in our lives and stand in the way of our recovery. 

Affirmation: I live in a clutter-free environment.

Coaching questions: Look at your environment with fresh eyes. Do you have unworn clothes in closets, unused utensils in drawers, knick knacks gathering dust, piles of papers? Spend 15 minutes today cleaning out one area of clutter. Congratulate yourself on your accomplishment.