Time to purge (Day 16 of 31 Days of Organizing)

This month I have talked to so many people who want to clear out their clutter. “It’s time to get rid of stuff,” they say.

As my hubby and I are in the middle of our own very big purge (we’re downsizing again from 900 sq. ft. to becoming minimalists living in a tiny house), the question we keep asking is, “How do we have so much stuff?!?!”

Folks, it’s time to purge.

Part of my upcoming “Make Some Room 8-week Challenge” will include helping you do a big PURGE.

And purging isn’t just for stuff, although that’s a big piece of it. Purging is also about letting go of the past, forgiving yourself, and even discarding thoughts which no longer serve you.

When you think about purging, think like this:

  • Wow! So many pictures. Do I need them all? Do I want them all? And more positively, which of these pictures brings me JOY?
  • Holy canoles, Batman – look at all these clothes! Do I wear them all? Do they fit? Am I saving them just in case?
  • Yowza – I find myself constantly berating myself for X. Perhaps now is the time to practice extreme gratitude and radical compassion for myself.
  • Dang it – I said YES again to something I honestly don’t want to do. I’m going to choose to spend five uncomfortable minutes now to un-entangle myself instead of regretting my YES for the next five months.
  • Zippity-do-da – look at all these office supplies. Have I used them? How old are they? For instance, if the sticky isn’t so sticky on your Post It Notes anymore, it’s time for them to go in the garbage!

Are you getting the picture?

Making time to purge is a hugely cathartic exercise in releasing what no longer serves.

Of course, the good feelings only come after the initial hyperventilation of actually beginning the purge, freaking out, and thinking, “I can’t do this!” (Angie’s Note: Yes, you actually CAN do this.)

Purging is a practice – and a good one when it is done thoughtfully, consciously, and from a mindset of love and abundance (I am enough, I have enough).

Go ahead, try your own mini-purge today:

What’s on your desk? Touch each thing. Does it bring you joy? Is it useful? Is it beautiful?

See if you can get rid of HALF of what’s sitting there (computer, printer, and other necessities excluded).

Do it and let me know how it feels when you’re done (or let me know why you started and never finished).

Here’s to healthy purging!

Make Some Room,

Angie

P.S. I’m serious about helping you make some room in your office space, on your calendar, and in your brain. When you are ready to up your game by getting organized, working and living with integrity, and focusing on your right work, I’ve got the answers. Details about the “Make Some Room 8-week Challenge” coming later this week!

Talk is cheap (Day 15 of 31 Days of Organizing)

I was reminded recently about a marketing study on laundry detergent where researchers discovered something amazing about people: feeling clean was more important to people than being clean.

As long as their laundry detergent made their clothes look and feel clean, people were happy. They didn’t even care about scientific studies that showed one detergent actually got clothes cleaner. If the detergent didn’t make clothes smell better and/or feel better, people didn’t want the more effective detergent no matter what!

In other words: appearances matter.

Here’s the deal – you might be the best at what you do. Brilliant. But if your client walks into your office space and it’s cluttered, she’s going to judge you.

Here’s another deal – you might always meet deadlines and get your deliverables to your client on time, but if you consistently miss appointments or arrive a few minutes late each time, your clients will notice (and judge you).

Your clients are hiring you for your expertise. They genuinely want you to be the expert and to feel like YOU are in control of each of your interactions together. To take leadership of the process as a whole (and you know, make things look good and … uh… smell good…as much as possible).

Let me ask you a very different question: if your clients could pull back the curtain and see how you handle your business (and their information) would they be impressed…or would they see some disturbingly dirty laundry?

I say, “Talk is cheap.” It’s time to walk the talk and clean up your business so it looks good on the outside and on the inside.

If you’ve been saying forever that it’s time to get yourself organized, to set up better systems (or any systems) in your business, and if you’ve been lamenting how “busy” you are (but don’t feel like you’re very productive), it’s time to stop talking about it.

You’ve admired the problem long enough. It’s time for action.

It’s time to:

  • Stop admiring your lack of organization
  • Quit talking about how “busy” you are and actually get some important stuff done
  • Take action and make decisions with integrity in every area, professionally and personally
  • Up your business game (not just improve your game-face)
  • Make some room for things that matter – in your business AND your life

It’s ON! Will you accept my challenge?

Make Some Room,

Angie

P.S. When you’re ready to up your game by getting organized, working and living with integrity, and focusing on your right work, I can help.

Be a Giver (Day 14 of 31 Days of Organizing)

The Giver http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0435651/

Last weekend, my hubby and I watched a remarkable movie called “The Giver.” It starred Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline and was a based on a book by the same name.

I know we’re talking about 31 Days of Organizing this month, and just for today I’m going ignore that. The movie was just SO GOOD that I couldn’t wait to share my thoughts on it with you. I felt similarly about The Secret Life of Walter Mitty a few months ago.

So, about The Giver (from IMDB): In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the “real” world.

Basically, the elders of this community have decided that dulling emotions from people (via drugs) will keep them safe. However, because of his chosen status and the lessons he receives, the young boy can’t keep his enthusiasm to himself once he’s introduced to the pain and pleasure of the “real” world.

Here’s why I loved The Giver:

  • In this perfect community, people share “automatic” pleasantries. This triggers me into thinking about the people I know who say, “I’m fine” or “I’m busy” when someone asks them how they are. We seem to have our own automatic pleasantries!
  • There’s wisdom and lessons to be learned from our elders and from our past (recent and ancient, good and horrifying). The idea of not having access to that wisdom and those lessons is frightening to me!
  • The young boy chooses the unpredictability of emotions and feelings over the illusion of safety. Every entrepreneur I know chooses the same!
  • The young boy shares his newfound learnings with his young female friend. He encourages her not to take the emotion-numbing drugs. She begins to feel things she’s never felt. And the glorious part happens when she feels affection for the young boy, helps him escape to save the community from themselves, and is captured. She knows she was right to help him “because I feel it!” She is feeling her feelings and owning the truth of them, one thing many people I know are afraid to do, right now, today.
  • At one point, one of the elders says, “Sameness keeps us safe.” That’s one of the lies we tell ourselves. As a kid, that might have been true. But as adults, I believe with every fiber of my being it is our responsibility to figure out who we are as individuals and let our freak flags fly!
  • The boy experiences a miracle when he goes beyond the edge. I love this because it shows we are capable of more than we think we are (and there’s something out there looking out for us).
  • Before the young boy sets out on his journey, his elder teacher strengthens him and his traveling partner with memories of “enough” and with memories of joy. When their journey becomes very difficult, it is those memories that pull them through. The same can be true for you and for me.

Basically, this movie tidily packages up a lot of what I believe about life: decide what you want, choose your own path, and make a difference in this world with your voice and your talents. Know that it will be hard. Know that some people won’t be happy about it.

Do. It. Anyway.

Make Some Room,

Angie

P.S. At one point in the movie, the young kid says to his elder teacher, “Okay, if I’m the chosen Receiver, what does that make you?” His teacher smiles and says, “That must make me the Giver.” How can YOU be the Giver in your life?

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