“Clutter is not just the stuff on your floor…”

"Clutter is not just the stuff on your floor—it's anything that stands between you and the life you want to be living." ~Peter Walsh

“Clutter is not just the stuff on your floor—it’s anything that stands between you and the life you want to be living.” ~Peter Walsh

I love this quote.

We tend to focus on the physical stuff when we’re simplifying and decluttering—and I’ve talked about decluttering enough that I’m sure you know I think that’s important. But I’m realizing more and more that it’s the other stuff that often takes a bigger toll on us, affecting our emotions, motivation, happiness and even physical health. I’m talking about things like:

  • overscheduled days
  • unhealthy relationships
  • unforgiveness
  • pride
  • fear
  • “shoulds”
  • unhealthy habits
  • too many commitments
  • perfectionism
  • distractions
  • unrealistic expectations
  • digital clutter
  • comparisons
  • aspirational clutter (a term coined by a member of our Live course…meaning all the stuff you keep around because you wish you were the person who used them, even though you’re not whether that’s craft supplies, books, exercise equipment, etc.)

What “non-stuff” clutter is standing between you and the life you want?

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Love this perspective, Mandi! I would say for me it would be a matter of unrealistic expectations of myself as well as comparisons. Thanks for giving me some food for thought. Love the quote and the image you created. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I couldn’t agree with you more Mandi. I always say that a stressful day takes more out of me than a day full of physical activity. It is so important for us, especially as women, to regularly take stock of our lives and “de-clutter” on the inside as well as the outside.

  3. I love this! It is so true. I have been so busy trying to declutter my house. I also need to focus on the junk that keeps me from doing what I really want to do as well. Thank you for the wonderful article.

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