My office cleaning service sucks. (That would be me.) Cleaning my office doesn’t help me serve my clients, so it’s the last thing on my to-do list.
I’m not a hoarder by any stretch, but eventually the clutter catches up with me. The light bulb finally went on: a messy office creates visual clutter, which turns into mental clutter. Mental clutter prevents me from serving clients because I can’t concentrate.
So I hired a friend who really likes to clean and organize stuff. She turned my business storage room into a fully functional, organized space where I can actually find stuff. She did the same thing for my extensive reference library.
While she was organizing, I was purging. Stuff I no longer needed. Materials that were great when I used them ten years ago, but are now outdated. Along the way, I found a few gems to keep – “I’ve been LOOKING for that!” However, for the most part, it was an exercise in clearing out the clutter.
You know what?
As I cleared out the physical clutter, the mental clutter was being tossed as well. What a liberating sensation! My brain felt better too.
I’ve created space. In my physical world and in my mind.
Now I have room for new things – new ideas, new tools, new service offerings for my clients.
What do you need to purge so you’ll have room for “new things”?
Jennifer Miller says
I think we’re on similar journeys. You make a good point that the clutter may be symptomatic. Good luck on your “internal work”. I’ve been reading your morning writings – you are making progress!