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Is Your Clutter Clinical?

Again, if you don’t want to make the change, it’s not going to work. For example: They think I need to lose weight/quit smoking/clear clutter and I feel like I should lose weight/stop drinking/clear clutter. An external motivation is never going to be enough to pull you through a transformation like this. It just isn’t. To be successful, you have to find a motivation that is true for you and powerful enough to keep you moving when you come face to face with your own fears, frustration, and resistance.

In fact, some of the people who’ve signed up for this challenge already identified that they aren’t clear about their goals, which is essential, so we’ve got to find that motivation and anchor it before September even begins.

And, there are times that even if my client really wants it and they’re giving it their all, just the two of us working together isn’t enough. I’ve referred clients out to therapists before proceeding with our work together. I’ve encouraged some of them to supplement our work with 12-step program work. A handful of my clients have been working with both a therapist and me at the same time, a powerful duo when that’s what the client needs to be fully supported.

The key to making changes–whether it’s clearing your clutter during Sick of Being Stuck September! or something totally different–is being fully supported. Once again, the key to making changes is being fully supported. The question now becomes… are you prepared to get the support you need to make this change? If the answer is yes, then you can do it.

If clutter is your thing, if you are living beyond your physical means, then say yes to the SOBS experience (click here for information about SOBS) and then… freaking DO IT. If it’s not about clutter, then say yes to whatever it is that you need to make this change and then DO IT.

Just… do it? I know, that’s so Nike. What’s a cheesy, people-loving life coach to do when those are the words that fall onto the keyboard?


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6:17AM PDT on Jul 6, 2013


11:47AM PDT on Jun 17, 2013

I find I have to be in a "mood" to really de-clutter. When in that "mood" I have to act fast and ruthless and not stop for anything until it is done. I hate getting rid of books and anything fabric.

4:52AM PDT on Jun 10, 2013

Some people are minimalists and live in a spartan environments. Others are hoarders and one has to mountain climb over the piles of boxes on the floor and search for an inch of free space on the bed, others are either creative or restless souls who change their living spaces every few months before they are hit with the itch yet again.

I like the amount of clutter that I have, small sparkling geodes, prisms that bring colourful light from the windows, pussy willows here and there, an old piece of a wasp nest nestled beside a pine cone, an olive tree mortar and pestle and the cat that owns me who purrsides over everything either giving it her paw of approval or tossing it off the desk and onto the floor for her disposal.

7:55PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

What superb timing! I was just writing yesterday about how much I need to de-clutter and organize, and then today I stumbled onto this article. Honestly, I like a little bit of clutter and find it sort of inspiring, but I also like to be able to walk to my bed. My clutter has crossed a line. I have stacks of books everywhere and the remnants of my college dormitory still have to be sorted through even though I graduated months ago. I would like to move to another state, but I can't possibly bring all of this rubbish with me. Relocating is my motivation for clearing out the excess stuff.

3:32PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

Realizing that donations of clothes, books, shoes, etc... could be a tax write off helped motivate us to clear out some of our crap!

1:06PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

Great article! Thanks for this!

3:55PM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

i would hate to live in some of the cluttered homes i see many people living in.

i saw a doctor on tv once say he can tell a person's health before examining them by looking at their wallet or purse. someone who keeps either cluttered generally tends to have the same attitude towards how well they take care of their bodies. i also find people with the most cluttered homes are also unhealthy.

2:37PM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

I usually go through my stuff/clutter once every so often and get rid of stuff I don't need.If people are getting rid of things it would be great to freecycle or donate to charity,up to you but would help others out.

2:36PM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

I usually go through my stuff/clutter once every so often and get rid of stuff I don't need.If people are getting rid of things it would be great to freecycle or donate to charity,up to you but wiuld help others out.

9:27AM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

Thank you

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