What is clutter? Where is clutter?

What is clutter? I’ve made the dictionary my first stop and I’m excited about its meaning!

Clutter: to make a confused noise, irrelevant echoes on a radar screen from sources other than the target, bustle, confusion and a mess.

I’m fascinated that the meaning of the word clutter is primarily about confusion. And I am particularly interested in how confusion affects us.

So how often do we feel confused and overwhelmed? Sometimes this could be on a daily basis. This leaves me asking another question. Where is the confusion coming from? Where is the clutter in our lives?

When we hear the word clutter we often think of the physical clutter. Too many possessions for the space we have. This clutter can be debilitating, frustrating and slow us down.

But clutter is not just found in our material, physical spaces. It is in every aspect of our Western lives: In our finances, in our bodies (if we are carrying too much weight), in our paper work, in our storage and cupboards, in our relationships, in our use of time and in our digital spaces.

Clutter affects everyone in one form or another! But it doesn’t need to. Clutter can be conquered, so we no longer feel confused and overwhelmed.

The meaning of de-clutter is to remove the clutter, the mess holding us back and to make a positive change to organise and prioritise things.

So where is your confused noise? What is on your radar that is not your target?

Here are 3 things to think about when it comes to clutter.

  1. Prioritise. Where do I want to start? Target the area that is making the most “noise” for you.
  2. Get expert advice. Expert help can come in many ways. It might be a book, online group or hands on advice from a professional, tailored just for you.
  3. Enjoy the achievements along the way. With every small step, you are learning and consolidating new skills.

By conquering clutter we will enjoy more space, more time, more money and more freedom. More importantly, it will help us recapture our zest for life.