Does it feel overwhelming? WHY? Does it feel like it's going to take too much time? Are there things there that have emotional attachments that you aren’t ready to deal with? Are you just lazy?
I have a home office that I have been wanting to reorganize for my new life coaching practice. I used the room years ago when I had a work at home job and prior to that the space was reserved for my husband’s music room. In the years since, it has become somewhat of a catchall, a place where things with no home somehow ended up. We are definitely not pack rats, we don't like clutter. I like clean organized spaces, but this room in particular was far from it. As I spent time in there learning my new craft, I would look around and think "I really need to clean that closet out" and "this room really needs to be painted". I am usually not a procrastinator but I just kept putting off getting this done. There had to more to it...what did it mean if I got the room set up as my new office? So I started to investigate my thoughts and ask myself questions around it. Did it mean that I officially needed to launch my business, what if I failed? Wasn't it safer to keep putting it off? The more obstacles I kept unconsciously in my way, the more excuses I had to not do the work I needed to do.
Over the holiday break I decided to tackle this seemingly insurmountable task…organizing my office. I geared myself up with cleaning supplies and trash bags and headed in. It took (drum roll, please), less than an hour. Seriously! Why, why, why did I put this off for so long? Now my office is my oasis, it is clean, organized and a place I WANT to be in when I am coaching clients. With less than an hour’s worth of effort I freed space in my mind and opened space to begin moving forward creatively. Sometimes we set up roadblocks for ourselves and we need to recognize them for what they are.
I urge you to tackle your space and start 2015 feeling de-cluttered and free. You will likely be surprised at how little time it takes compared to the amount of time you’ve spent thinking about it.
Now I just need to paint!