Clutter Clearing from the Inside Out
Clutter Clearing from the Inside Out:
How to Reclaim Your Home and Your Life in Six Easy Steps
by Stephanie Roberts
Getting rid of clutter is essential to good feng shui!
Clutter Clearing from the Inside Out is a new approach to clutter clearing. It goes beyond telling you how to clean up and get organized to reveal the hidden emotional and psychological reasons why coping with clutter is so hard to do. And it shows you, step-by-step, how you can reclaim control of your space.
You CAN get rid of the clutter and fall in love with your home again!
Have you ever wondered why it’s so hard to get rid of clutter, even when you really want to do something about it? The problem with clutter isn’t your stuff; it’s how you feel about your things that makes clutter clearing so difficult.
When you clear your clutter “from the inside out,” you:
- Create a personal vision of how you want to live, so you stay motivated and don’t give up
- Gain insight into how your personal history can drive you to clutter, so you can more easily embrace new habits and make better choices
- Build your decision-making muscles, so you can make “keep or toss?” decisions without feeling paralyzed by guilt, doubt, or regret
You’ll also learn:
- Why trying to “get organized” can sometimes be a mistake
- How clutter affects the feng shui of your home
- 4 common Clutter Myths, and why not to believe them
- How to use the FREEDOM process to tackle paper piles, clothes closets, long-term storage areas, and more
- Tips for gaining your family’s support and cooperation
- How to stop procrastinating and get the job done
- The 3 essential habits of effective clutter-resisters; start making these your habits and be clutter-free, forever!
- Includes more than 140 Action Steps, journal questions, and Inside Advice tips to help you conquer your clutter from the inside out!
My Clutter Story
I was not born a neatnik, although I often wish I had been. I love living in a clutter-free home, but I’ve had to learn how to create and maintain that kind of environment, because “neat and tidy” is not something that comes naturally to me. Because living clutter-free is fundamental to good feng shui, clutter—and how to cope with it—is a topic of great interest to me.
As I studied feng shui during the 1990s I was inspired to tackle my own clutter. Then, as I began to build a feng shui practice, I recognized that I needed to be able to teach others to deal with their clutter as well.
Unfortunately, while my feng shui training programs all stressed the importance of getting rid of clutter, none had taught us how to do it. Nor did I learn why we so often let clutter get so far out of control before doing anything about it, or why it’s so hard to keep it under control over the long term.
With the goal of being better able to assist my feng shui clients (and hoping to reap some benefits myself) I took clutter-clearing classes with experts like Michelle Passoff and Karen Kingston. I read all the best-selling books on how to get rid of extra stuff and organize what’s left into a system that is both workable and sustainable. And I realized that accomplished clutter clearers and feng shui experts were all preaching the same thing: when you clean up your clutter you do more than uncover the surface of your dining table for the first time in years—you also uncover a deeper sense of who you are and what makes you truly happy.
Most important, you’ll develop essential skills that will help you get to where you want to be in life.
In 1999, I connected with a wonderful man—now my husband—on a feng shui discussion group online. We began corresponding every day, and three months later I moved from the spacious New York City apartment in which I’d been living alone for 10 years into a much smaller space a block from the beach in Hawaii, where we would start our new life together. An impulsive move of over 5000 miles may not be for everyone (although it has worked out beautifully for me) but it can’t be beat as a clutter-reducer. I returned a few pieces of family furniture to my parents’ house in New England, boxed up some warm weather clothes and a small number of favorite books and CDs, and sold or gave away everything else. In addition to all the stuff I released, I lost 12 pounds without even trying.
The next few years were both fun and satisfying as I founded a publishing company and began to fulfill my long-held dream of writing about feng shui. Then, as I was about to start writing the third book in my Fast Feng Shui series, my beloved pointed out that a big part of the traffic at our website was people looking for clutter clearing advice from a feng shui perspective. He also gently brought to my attention that we had been so busy that we’d forgotten to practice what we preached. Our own home, once sparsely furnished and immaculately feng-shuied, was no longer tidy or organized. Stuff was everywhere. In fact, once I lifted my gaze from the computer screen and took a good look around, I realized how seriously I’d let things get out of control—again.
That was the moment I decided to put future Fast Feng Shui titles on hold, and to once again focus on clearing my clutter and organizing my home and workspace. This time I would use the process as an opportunity to review and compile everything I knew about clutter clearing and all the insights I’d gained from years of feng shui consulting. Drawing on my former career experience as a professional writer and instructional design consultant, I would create a self-study program that people could learn from in their own homes, at their own pace, that would support and guide people in finally learning to live clutter-free, forever.
That program, called the Clutter-Free Forever! Home Coaching Program, was originally marketed exclusively online at our ClutterFreeForever.com website, as a manual and separate weekly lessons. In response to customer requests I’ve now compiled all of that information into this one book. Although this book follows a different format from the original material (the lesson content and activities are woven in throughout the text, rather than being separate documents), it includes all of the text, activities, and journaling questions that made the first version of the program so successful. It is designed to guide, motivate, teach, and inspire you to finally triumph over your clutter and reclaim your home and your life.
Achieving mastery over clutter and disorganization requires a shift in emphasis and attitude. You’ll probably need to develop some new skills, or dust off some you haven’t used in a while. The fact that you are reading this book means you are ready to start the transformation to a clutter-free life. You have the dream; all you need now are the inspiration and skills.
This book provides them both, so let’s begin…