Clearing out the clutter
The end of the year is drawing near and this is often a time to re-focus and think about the year almost passed and the one we are about to approach. It's a good time to clear out the clutter, especially if you have children. When those Christmas presents arrive you will need to find space to put them all away, so what better time that a Sunday afternoon to begin to clear the decks?
Clearing the clutter does not only apply to the physical space you have available in your home, but also to the 'headspace' you have available to be able to concentrate on your business priorities.
It's a good time to take a look at what has happened this year and to be honest with yourself about what hasn't worked for you in 2016. By clearing the clutter from your home - including your workspace - you will find that you also begin to have a mind which is free of detritus and clutter.
Try to set yourself a time limit in which you will do a little bit of work every day to begin to create space for new gifts as well as new possibilities.
Sort out old clothes and give to charity - there are many people who are cold or homeless, with no family support. Try to keep them in mind and if you haven't worn something for over a year, then the chances are that you won't wear it again, so give it away.
Do the same with your children's unused or unwanted toys - there are many charities who would be exceptionally grateful for these, especially when they are almost new and could be gift-wrapped to give to those children who have very little. Think about children's wards at your local hospital as well - I can't bear the thought of kids being in hospital for Christmas with no gifts.
And gradually, as you get rid of physical clutter, you will also be able to see more clearly about what your priorities are and what you want for the future. Have you held onto that old laptop, thinking it might come in useful at some stage? Or what about that waste-paper bin with the crack in? Are you really going to use it again?
A clutter-free environment can create a clutter-free mind - make the most of these opportunities to help others as well as helping yourself.
Here's to a wonderful Sunday for all of you - my afternoon will be spent sorting out some clothes for a local homeless charity, which will have the added bonus of giving me more space at home. How will you spend your day?
Ciao for now my lovelies,