It’s Time to De-clutter and Spruce Up Your Life

Finally, I can see the grass peeking out from under the mounds of snow that accumulated this winter. It’s hard to believe but Spring is just around the corner.

You know what that means…

It’s time to de-clutter and spruce up your life.

packing up some of the keepers
Creative Commons License photo credit: MarkWallaceimage

And, I don’t just mean your physical surroundings. It doesn’t matter  what you’re holding onto past its prime (a relationship gone sour, faded out theater tickets, an assortment of playbills or the jeans that are two sizes too small), it’s time to do a major overhaul – starting from the inside out.

I collect shoes like most people collect antiques or model cars.  Yes, I can identify with Imelda Marcus, the ultimate shoe collector. Although I don’t have nearly as many pairs of shoes as Ms. Marcus, I do have my fair share and many more that I can ever wear or need.  Maybe you don’t aspire to collect shoes but I bet you have something in your life that’s taking up space – crowding out opportunities, comfort, new experiences and abundance.

Things that no longer serve a useful purpose clutter your mind and life.  For example, the woman who says she is ready to attract a husband but her closet and personal space is so filled with her “things” that she has no room for anyone else’s.  Where would the mate she wants to attract hang his clothes if her closet is already jam packed?  Where would he place his personal belongings if every nook and cranny is filled with memorabilia, her books, and her other “stuff”?

The same holds true for mental clutter.  Mental clutter is when you are consumed with negative limiting thoughts about what you can do or become, focused on what others think rather than what you desire,  stuck on “what if”  scenarios instead of purposely moving forward.  The result is you crowd out the space for new ideas, creativity and success.

It’s time to de-clutter and spruce up your life.

Imagine holding on to every negative thought, every dormant idea, or every toxic relationship that’s taking up your precious psychic space. For example, every time you visit a website on your computer, you store something called cookies on your hard drive and eventually if you don’t get rid of them, your computer slows down to a crawl. In the same way that the cookies on your computer clog productivity, your mental capacity is diminished and ineffective if you don’t de-clutter and purge.  Replace the drama queens, the relentless pessimist and the attention-seeking addict with positive, encouraging and supportive friends or just as cookies slow down your computer, you’ll bring your own progress to a screeching halt.

So, clear out that shoe closet, purge the mounds of other “stuff”  and mental clutter that’s taking up your spaces leaving little or no room  for you to attract the important things you say you really want.

Take a look around at your surroundings.  Where can you start to de-clutter and spruce up your life so you’ll be ready for Spring?

Gladys Anderson - Life Coach, Therapist, Author

Certified life coach, family therapist and group coaching specialist, Gladys M. Anderson helps nurses, teachers, social workers, therapists and other care-giving women to set limits so they have more time, more joy and more energy for self-care.  To get self-care tips and more, start by getting your FREE copy of Building Strong Boundaries to Create Breathing Space in Your Hectic Life


  1. Hi Gladys,

    So you’ve been peeking in my house, have you?

    I have been on a decluttering campaign for the last year, and although progress has not been as fast as I like, I have seen results.

    I’ve made a big dent in my closet, and yet last week I glanced over and saw a dress that belonged to my mom that I have been holding onto because she made it. Alongside it were a few other garments that I had no good reason to keep. So, I grabbed a plastic bag, pulled down those items and moved them to the garage for the charity that picks up in our neighborhood weekly.

    As soon as I moved those things I was able to come up with a workshop idea that I’m convinced was being blocked by all that clutter. It may seem unbelievable, but physical things that clutter our environment also clutter our minds.

    Thanks for this reminder to declutter. I’m taking a heavier hand to my efforts.

    • Gladys Anderson says:

      Hi Flora,

      Congratulations on making a dent in your de-cluttering. Now, if could just get more people to understand that physical clutter also blocks mental clarity and focus. You’re proof of that by the workshop idea you come up with. Good for you! Keep at it and before you know it, you’ll have more ideas than you know what to do with 🙂

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