Clutter: any obsolete object, space, commitment, or behavior that weighs you down, distracts you, or depletes your energy.
This brilliant, eye-opening definition in Julie Morgenstern’s SHED Your Stuff, Change Your Life, moves the perception of “clutter” beyond the conventional notion of mess, disorganization, and too many belongings. I began reading this book with the intention of gathering some great techniques to transfer to my organizing clients. I walked away with a completely new perspective on my life and how I choose to use my time.
She breaks down clutter into 3 distinct categories:
- Physical Clutter – This one is the obvious clutter, excess in your physical space.
- Time Clutter – This clutter can be found on your calendar and your to-do list.
- Habit Clutter – This can be anything from habitual checking email and your phone to persistent negative self-talk.
Julie first asks the reader to tap into a theme, a mantra, or a goal. Something that inspires them and what they want for their future. With a vision of the destination in mind, you then embark on the journey of evaluating each of the clutter categories using her SHED philosophy.
Step 2: H – Heave the Trash — What is weighing you down?
Step 3: E– Embrace your Identity — Who are you without all your stuff?
Step 4: D – Drive yourself Forward — Which direction connects to your genuine self?
This brilliant books walks you through each step in the process and provides tools and worksheets along the way. You work through the book as slowly as you need to until you have become unstuck and ready to move forward to the life you desire, unhindered by your clutter.
— Julie Morgenstern, dubbed the “queen of putting people’s lives in order” by USA Today is a professional organizer, productivity consultant, speaker, author, and media personality.
Beth Deig is a Professional Organizer and owner of San Diego based Sorted Nest. She fully embraces Julie Morgenstern’s philosophy that clutter is much more than just the stuff in your home. She encourages her clients to visualize the “big picture” goal and works with them to create space for their best selves to shine.