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Coaxing and Coaching, the clutter away

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Too much clutter in your life can be a symptom – and also a cause – of stress. As the saying goes, "Tidy house, tidy mind"
Being surrounded by isorganised piles of papers, things you have hoarded and don't know what to do with, and just general mess can quickly sap your energy and make you depressed, unhappy and inefficient.

It takes longer than it should to do simple jobs when the clutter stops you finding the things you need when you need them.

It's easy to feel overwhelmed if clutter has weighed down your home, your work area and your life.

But by taking small steps, one at a time, towards reclaiming a clean and clear working and living space you can start to feel re-energised and happy. You can work more efficiently and have more time for the fun things in life.

In the working day clutter can mean more than just an untidy desk and a non-existent filing system. Have you heard people talk about information overload? Are you finding your inbox full of notifications and alerts and e-newsletters that you no longer need or don't want to read? Cull them down to the essentials and free yourself from the tyranny of unread emails continually piling up all day every day. You can organise your inbox into folders so that designated must-read items can go straight into them, bypassing your inbox. Then you can allocate time in your diary to review them.

Is your computer or laptop desktop full of icons for software you no longer need and random documents and images that should be filed safely away online? A tidy desktop …can also mean a tidy mind.

Your desk and your work area can quickly become cluttered with papers and invoices, receipts and stationery in random piles. Make sure you've got enough storage space for things you need to keep so that there is "a place for everything and everything in its place.

In the home, wardrobes, drawers and cupboards are the places where clutter usually starts – and it can easily spill over on to floors and surfaces. Divide the clutter into things you need to keep, things you KNOW you should throw away and things you can donate to charity shops. Once you deal with the clutter you will feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders. It's as if your rooms can breathe easily again – and so can you.
It can be a vicious circle when the clutter confuses you until you can't make sensible decisions about what to do with things. That's when it might be time to call in expert outside help: Pam Beale at Mission Accomplished.

Reducing physical clutter will relieve stress and give you a feeling of freedom and liberation – but you may still need to tackle 'life clutter'. Have you taken on too many commitments at work, at home and in your social life? Are you the sort of person who finds it hard to say 'no' and ends up helping with every school, committee and charity event going? Helping others is a source of tremendous personal satisfaction – but it can go too far when you're being pulled in every direction and your own life is suffering. Think about what you really love doing – and consider opting out of the ones that are no longer enjoyable.

If you need help from a neutral and independent expert than coaching could be the answer.

A coach can help you bring some sensible structure into your life – a bit like a filing system in an office. Together you can review your daily and weekly routines and hobbies to see how you can organise your time more effectively. Get in touch with Meta4 if you think that extra help is what you need.