Order vs. Chaos
Over the years I have now come to a place where I believe that how we keep our personal surroundings somewhat represents our mind-sets.
Clutter for me isn’t a good sign. Now I know there are people who can live with the most mess and confusion on their desk at work, even at home and yet if you ask them for something they know where it is straight away. But for me clutter and disorder isn’t good. Now, don’t get me wrong I am not Miss Minimalist! There is a beauty in that, but for me, it’s too extreme. But that saying of “everything should have its place” I think is true.
I find that when I make a big change in my head all of a sudden I have to change my surroundings. I not only de-clutter my mind but I have to de-clutter my home.
There’s something about bring a sense of order in place, Not only can I see things clearly but it makes me feel good.
It is hard to bring about change when you have a million and one thoughts and ideas fighting for pre-eminence in your head. You end up starting one thing, then another, and another, all seeming important at the time, but nothing gets finalised or completed. Likewise, your surroundings can get cluttered and taken over by things. New things, old things, things used and things correctly positioned or things simply left in the wrong place. In a home it can soon start a trend, one toy left out of place gives way to other toys get left out of place, etc.
Over time, things accumulate and then the challenge is to take on the task of the massive clear up! Depending on how much time has gone by, the task in itself can be quiet daunting. Like filtering and deciding through the thoughts in your head, but at some point it’s time to stop and do some house-keeping! Even if the words ‘Mind field’ come to mind. It is easy to put off and delay hard decisions, likewise hard work, but it’s always the way, there are no short cuts to a lasting result but once done, it then just has to be maintained.
True change comes through grasping the nettle, and starting at one specific point and working your way through. Closet by closet; room by room, area by area, idea by idea.
I need a certain amount of order in my head and life in order to have balance and to simply enjoy my life. When things start to get cluttered or chaotic around me I have to de-clutter my thoughts and my surroundings.
So where are you with your life? Is it time for you to do some house-keeping? Do you need to de-clutter?