Are You Paying Attention?

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Is Clutter Taking Up Mental Space?

I am finding it increasingly difficult these days to pay attention. I mean truly paying attention. And I know that I am not the only one! Now my husband would say it’s because I have so much on my plate -- between a busy family and business my head is pretty “full”. But I think it’s more than that. I find myself more distracted of late – reading, meetings, phone calls, even simple conversations take an enormous amount of effort for me to stay focused. If I had a dime for every time one of my kids said to me “I told you that already!”, I would be rich. Really rich! Now I know some of you are saying “that’s how I feel all the time!” But this is new for me! And even with strategies such as “brain dumping”, taking breaks when working or even listening to music, I am still struggling. So it got me thinking. Maybe I just have too much clutter! Yes, you heard me right. Clutter. But instead of it being in my house, it’s actually in my head!

Clutter Isn't Always Physical

If you think about it it makes perfect sense. Clutter isn’t just about your physical stuff. Far from it! You see, it goes way deeper than that. Clutter is mental blockage, time robbers, emotional demands, digital or electronic dependency. And I am guilty of it all!In essence, it is anything that takes up viable space – in your environment, in your life AND in your HEAD! So in the spirit of decluttering, I am consciously trying to empty my head of what I don’t need or don’t like, or that doesn’t “spark joy!”  (Trust me, it’s a lot harder than getting rid of the old black sweater you haven’t worn in 10 years!) Instead, I have replaced it with “is it necessary, is it productive and is it beneficial?” And I can see the results already. Email me at leslie@orderoochaos.com and let me know how you are decluttering your mental space! 


LOOKING FOR MORE resources on decluttering?

You might find the post, 10 Surprising Statistics That Reveal How Much Stuff We Actually Own, very interesting!

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