7 Steps to Decluttering Your Life for Good It's Not About The Mess in Your Closet; It's About The Clutter in Your Whole Life

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You may be surprised to find out you've got clutter in more places than in your closet and basement. In fact, if something isn't working in your life-it's likely due to clutter. Clutter in your thoughts, focus, calendar, finances and physical space can be stopping you from moving forward. It could also be keeping you from achieving your goals and enjoying the things most important to you.

You may be surprised to find out you've got clutter in more places than in your closet and basement. In fact, if something isn't working in your life--it's likely due to clutter.

Clutter in your thoughts, focus, calendar, finances and physical space can be stopping you from moving forward. It could also be keeping you from achieving your goals and enjoying the things most important to you.

You might be asking yourself, "Where's my clutter and how can I get rid of it?"

According to Professional Life Coach Christine Kinney, there are seven easy steps you can take to eliminate the clutter from your life and allow abundance to flow in its place.

1. Understand where and what your clutter is.
Where's your clutter? Start a list of things that annoy you or aren't working in your life. Clutter shows up in all areas of our lives, including our mind, home, car, office, work/career, relationships, health and wellness, body and finances. You name it and you can have clutter there.

According to Kinney, "If not dealt with, clutter in your life can cause stress, fatigue and resentment."

2. Determine how your clutter is impacting you.
What is your clutter costing you? Before you can make a change in your life, you have to understand how the issue is impacting you -- whether it's frustration, time or money. The cost has to be big enough for you to make the effort to change.

Go back to your clutter list and rate how the issues are affecting you. Use a scale from a scale of 1 to 10 to get a clear picture of the impact the clutter is having.

3. Make the decision to take action.
Are you ready to take action? Every crossroads you come to in life requires you to make one of four choices. You can either runaway from the situation (not realistic choice for most of us), continue with the way things are (just more of the same), change how you feel about the situation, or you can make the commitment to do something about it.

The choice is yours. Choose to take action that will change your life.

4. Take the first step.
Where will you start? The first step can be the hardest one to take. Start with something you can achieve easily and quickly. "I worked with a client recently who started by taking control over the magazines she had in her home," adds Kinney. "Once she felt powerful in that area of her life, she began to take action in all areas of her life. She wouldn't have been successful with any of those challenges, if she hadn't taken the first step.

Choose to make a difference by beginning to work your clutter list. You may be surprised how addicted you will become to resolving the issues in your life.

5. Learn to say "No."
What are you saying "Yes" to that you'd wish you were saying "No" to? The true secret to stress reduction and keeping your life clutter free is your ability to confidently say, "No." That's it.

As Dr. Phil says, "We teach people how to treat us." Your ability to say "No" and the boundaries you set, impact how others in your life treat you.

If you say "Yes" to things you really don't want to, you open yourself to be viewed as a pushover. But if you can say "Yes" to the things you are passionate about, you increase your standards and are able to set realistic boundaries for yourself and others.

6. Take on a "less is better" mentality.
Where can you start taking on less? We live in a society where having more is viewed as better. Whether it's more possessions or more appointments on our calendar, our culture defines success with excess. But all too often, more "stuff" equates to more responsibility, less freedom, and a cluttered life.

According to Kinney, "It's not always the things we add to our lives that can make them better, instead more often than not, it's the things we take away that really improve our situation."

Try on a "less is better" mentality.

7. Practice the discipline to keep clutter from coming back.
Are you disciplined enough to keep the clutter out of your life? Now that you've made the decision to limit the clutter in your life, it's your job to continue to have the discipline to manage this decision daily.

The "discomfort" you may feel in the short-term by maintaining your decision is minimal, but the regret of not sticking by your decision can be devastating, especially in the long term.

"Living a clutter-free life takes intention and a little practice, but the results are well worth it," says Kinney. "Reducing your anxiety and stress, realizing your dreams, simplifying your life and creating space for abundance to flow are just a few of the benefits you'll realize."

Why not clear off your plate (or platter -- as the case may be) and
Commit to doing just a few things and doing them well?

Christine Kinney is a professionally-trained life coach who works with individuals to reduce their stress, balance their lives and live the life of their dreams. Christine is creator of Declutter Bootcamp, an interactive course that helps individuals eliminate the clutter that is stopping them from moving forward and enjoying the things most important to them. You can reach Christine by calling her at 614-657-6560, by e-mailing her at Christine@declutterbootcamp.com or by logging on to her website http://www.declutterbootcamp.com.

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