I was thinking the other day about one time I thought I was going to go completely crazy about paper clutter. Has this ever happened to you?
Back and forth I went in my mind about whether or not I should save some paper documents. I wasn’t even actually touching the papers. Instead, it was all in my mind. I was thinking churning thoughts about paper.
As I lay in bed feeling stuck in thought, I realized I was also making myself feel hopeless. I couldn’t seem to mentally move from this one thought about being indecisive regarding some paper.
I wanted to do the right thing but I didn’t really know what the right thing was.
I started to feel like a failure. I felt like I was in a nightmare of negative thought. Then, somehow, my mind wandered to bandaids of all things.
I wanted to just rip off a bandaid somewhere in my brain and make this indecisive thinking vanish. Right then and there, I experienced an epiphany. Since I was the one thinking these self-sabotaging thoughts about paper, I was the one who could change my thoughts.
Fantastically, by choosing to think a different thought, it was like ripping off a bandaid. But, not at first…
At first, even though I had made the decision to change thoughts, my brain and mind resisted what was familiar. It was my “normal” to obsessively think about being unable to decide about getting rid of paper.
However, I stuck with it. Whenever I thought indecisively (remember, this was only one time) about throwing away paper, I changed the thought to, “I can decide about keeping or throwing away this one paper. The power to change my thoughts about cluttering is all in my mind rather than being about stuff.”
That one thought helped me separate the difference between what was real and what was imagined. You see, your mind is powerful. Your subconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between what’s real and what’s imagined.
Using your conscious mind and subconscious mind together, you form a dynamic team that genuinely helps you cope with changing the clutter habit. By recognizing the difference between a piece of paper and thinking about paper, you can naturally cope with moving through clutter.
When you start to think indecisively about clutter, that’s what I call thinking churning thoughts. You are not actually touching the paper with your fingers. Instead, you are only thinking about touching the paper.
Over time, and with practice, I discovered the key to really coping with the clutter habit is to start thinking differently. When you change your thoughts, you can change your behavior.
I experimented on myself. After a lot of trial and error, I put my experiences of how to really cope with clutter into a book. In this book, you can find simple techniques that really work on ending procrastination, agony and overwhelmed feelings about clutter. The result of practicing this new way of thinking every day?
Hope. I finally felt hopeful things could get better for me.
Does that sound appealing to you? If so, here’s a link to this life-changing book that has given hope to many, many clutterers:
If you want to start feeling hopeful that things CAN get better for you, I encourage you to get the hope found in the pages of my first book. It made all the difference in the world for me. My clients tell me it has made all the difference for them, too.