4. Lie: It might fit again. Seriously, just ten more pounds!
Solution: Hold on to one or two really stellar pieces of clothing that you love, but give away the rest. Having a closet full of clothes that don’t fit is depressing and mocks your weight loss efforts. Realistically, by the time you fit into your clothes again, they might not be in style. Hold on to the classic blazer you bought at the designer trunk show. Toss the cheap and trendy pieces that are too small. If you can’t bear to give away your clothes, and you really are losing weight, pack away everything that doesn’t fit and revisit it after you’ve lost the weight. Opening the box will be like receiving a huge gift, and a great reward for your weight loss.
3. Lie: If I only had a bigger house and more storage. It’s just that I have a kitchen with only two useless little drawers. I don’t have a proper coat closet! My garage is not attached to my house. If only I had more storage space…
Solution: The reality of living in a small house is that you have to pare down your belongings to what you actually need and use. If you’re prone to collecting clutter, a bigger house will become a big house full of clutter.
2. Lie: I lead a full life and have lot of stuff to prove it! Like they say, “A messy desk is a sign of genius.”
Solution: Some of the most successful businesspeople in the world are also the most organized. Martha Stewart’s office is devoid of decorations, and Warren Buffet’s office does not even contain a computer. Study the work stations of extremely successful people and follow their leads.
1. Lie: Moi? I’m really not that bad, you’re just a neat freak.
Solution: If you live alone and never have guests, maybe your clutter only affects your own life. If you live with others, your clutter is probably, at least subconsciously, driving them crazy. Admitting that you have a problem is the first step in rectifying it.