Invisible clutter

The visual clutter is usually obvious.
(Unless you’ve gotten to the point where you don’t see it, or just ignore what you do see….)

There is also invisible clutter.
One type is mental clutter.
The plans, the fretting, the worries, the replay of conversations,
the trying not to forgets, the I’ll get to in a minutes.

You know it is effective to spend ten minutes
sorting and decluttering a shelf or drawer.
Ten minutes of mental decluttering can have powerful results also.

A simple way to do this is to grab a pice of paper,
set a timer for ten minutes and do a brain dump.
List everything you’ve been worrying about,
planning, dreading, meaning to get to, hoping to find time for, etc.
Don’t edit, censor or worry about spelling.

Keep writing until the time is up.
(You may be surprised what comes up after the initial few minutes)

Just getting it all out of your head is a relief.
You’ll open up a bit of mental breathing room.
And will ease the tension and some anxiety.

Now go back over the list and figure out: 
What’s important with regard to the life you want to be living?
What can you can let go?

See if there are things
you can take care of with a phone call, an email or text.
Perhaps there are items you can add to a project list.
Or you can delegate to someone else.

Sometimes just the act of writing things down is freeing enough.
Or gives you perspective on how important or silly some of your thoughts and
worries may be.
And helps you see your true priorities.


It’s important to have our physical spaces organized so
we can access what we need when we need it.
Making sure we have mental space available is just as necessary for us
to be able to make good decisions and use our time and energy wisely.