Clutter is stuck energy. Dealing with clutter has been a lifelong struggle. I learned clutter from my Mom, a depression era baby, who saved everything. I no longer wish to be at the effect of my clutter. As a life coach, I have worked with a number of people who have been paralyzed by their clutter. No I am not a clutter expert, so I know if I can handle this, so can you. As a life coach, I know that a lack of clarity keeps us from moving forward and clutter reflects a lack of clarity.  Clearing the clutter allows us to Are you ready to take charge of your life.

Clutter can be physical stuff, worry thoughts, incompletions, excess body weight or lack of clarity or even old limiting beliefs that keep us stuck. We’ll talk about some of those other types of clutter later in the month. Clutter keeps us stuck and makes it difficult for us to move from where we are to where we most want to go. As Karen Kingston, a leading expert on clutter clearing says:

Clutter is stuck energy.
The word “clutter” derives from the Middle English word “clotter,”
which means to coagulate-
and that’s about as stuck as you can get.
Karen Kingston

What clutter do I want to clear?

Where do I start?

Asking yourself these questions is where you start.  What bothers you the most?  What room or area or issue or incompletion gives you the biggest sinking feeling when you think about it or look at it.

Instead, you may want to start on an area or issue that nags at you but is easily completed,  thus giving you a feeling of success and confidence to move forward. Clutter is stuck energy whether the clutter is physical, emotional or the stories in our heads. Whatever the form of clutter, it holds us back from creating the life we want and owning our magnificence.

My Day 1 Plan:  Goal 1 – The Kitchen Sink

My first project is to clear the counters, tabletops, and excess stuff from the main rooms of my house. My first goal is then to continue through the 31 days and beyond to keep these areas clutter free. For some, this may be a goal worthy of 31 days or more depending on the state of your house and clutter and the amount of time and energy you have for this project.

I love the idea of working in fifteen or twenty-minute blocks of time. I realize that I don’t have a good sense of how long things take so instead of saying I’m going to clean the kitchen. To say that I will spend twenty minutes cleaning the kitchen starting with the kitchen sink, unloading the dishwasher, putting away any food, washing dirty dishes or loading the dishwasher and then cleaning the kitchen one counter at a time.   No matter what I get done, I can congratulate myself of 15 or twenty minutes worth of effort.

Day 1 Your Plan

What is a good starting place for you?

What annoys you? What drains your energy? What would make the most difference in your life? How much time are you willing to devote today?  There are no right or wrong answers to these questions.  I do encourage you to find a notebook and each day record what you have accomplished and any thoughts or discoveries that you have.

Some days twenty minutes is enough, and some days you may find you can devote the entire day to special projects. Remember this is a long-term project. It is an endurance run and not a sprint. Even if you spend only twenty minutes every day uncluttering your life, you would be further along in a month that’s over ten hours and if you spent an hour a day that is over thirty hours. You can do more than you think in that length of time if you think ahead.


Big Risk.  What if I don’t get as much done as I would like.  What If I want to give up midway through?  Writing and posting daily is my commitment to follow through.  This is live.  Not rehearsed.  Not Edited.  I commit.  I make a commitment to Unclutter My Life for 31 Days.  Making a commitment is powerful.  Are you in?  After all, isn’t it time to clear the clutter and move on with your life by Amelia Barnes Life Coach?


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