Your clothing is strewn across your floor, it’s on top of the dresser it’s supposed to be inside of and the top of your treadmill looks like the end of the day at a Barney’s sample sale – clothing everywhere. Your desk is piled, you have books around that you have not touched in years – but you’re keeping them for “nostalgia” or “posterity” or one of those deep words with lots of meaning you heard your English lit professor say in college when discussing the importance of the classics. Let’s not even discuss the pile of “hobbies’ you started… the crafts in the closet, the fishing rod because you had day dreams of telling off your boss and somehow living at sea, the coffee press that you swore you’d use daily, the papers you promised to go through and the bills that you forgot to pay simply because they are sitting in a pile.
UGH! Clutter, it can be a huge part of so many of our lives, but it can also hurt us from completing our goals and motivating us to do the things we really want to do.
We may not realize it, but not having a proper work area, not having a clean living space can actually take a toll on us. It can deplete us, it can make us feel bad about ourselves and, sometimes, like we aren’t worthy of having a clean space or being active even. And, we may not even realize it is happening.
Life coach Melanie Rudnick, confirms that if you have negative feelings toward clutter than it can hurt you.
Clutter is unhealthy if every time you look at it, you get cranky… An uncluttered space generally leads to relief, and relief (which feels good), leads to making better choices for ourselves, i.e. a healthier lifestyle.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not writing this from a judgmental point of view. I write this from experience. I don’t have a Type A personality and my apartment is filled with things that I just want out. I know that there are times I look around and am just exhausted and miserable by the fact that I still haven’t cleaned my desk off, that I just made a path to get to my bed instead of picking up my clothes or that I haven’t watched a single one of my 100+ DVD’s in over two years and haven’t gone through them either. I also know, that the times my apartment is clean, my desk is clear and my things gone though it literally changes my whole day. The times that my home is in tip top shape and the treadmill is cleaned off and I can easily find all of my workout clothes are the days I feel the best and get the most done.
So, will clutter ruin your life, not allow you to work out and keep your motivation from never amounting to anything? Of course not, only you can let it have that power. But, clearing it out, will definitely make you feel better and it will absolutely change how you feel when you’re in your home therefor making you feel better when you’re not.