Next week, I’m launching a fun little clutter clearing adventure called Sick of Being Stuck September! and last week I invited Care2 members to come play along, to lighten their load and freshen life up a bit! Interested parties needed only to send me an email that said, “I’M IN!,” and, I’m not too proud to admit that I was surprised by the response. It took me four days to process and respond to all of those emails, and they are still coming in today. For the record, it’s already easily 10 times the response I’ve gotten from every previously extended professional invitation. This issue seems to be a serious one.
The emails are full of excitement and inspired commitments… mixed with heartbreak, and a few are straight-up shocking.
The smallest space is 400-square-feet and the largest has 5-bedrooms and a pool house. Their spaces are everything from meticulously clean and organized mounds of clutter to what we might call mainstream or normative clutter. A few are just this side of the qualifying for one of those shows about hoarding and may need more help than I can offer. This is a reality that any decent professional is prepared for in a situation like this. It would be cruel and unusual punishment to reel someone in with serene stock photos and dramatic promises when we might be talking about a situation more serious than a month of emails, 2-minute video tips, expert interviews, and group coaching calls can help.
Nobody is going to be told that *this program* is all they will ever need to change their lives forever. Nobody needs to feel like a failure… again. And a couple of these emails reminded me that we must be gentle (not to be confused with easy on, don’t get excited) with ourselves while making these changes.
Clutter (like our bodies and our money) represents our inner most state of being. Lots of old emotions are tied up in those things. We want them gone but we don’t, or at least we don’t know how. Sometimes, we feel too embarrassed to speak of the reality of our situation. Clutter (or extra weight or financial challenges) seem to attract more of the same. Add in the shame, and soon we’re alone (or at least we feel alone), suffering, and unwilling to ask for the support we need to make a change.
Next: Is my clutter clinical?