Your desk isn’t the only thing that needs occasional decluttering. Our lives could use some decluttering, too, says Gail Blanke, author of Throw Out Fifty Things: Clear the Clutter, Find Your Life.
√ Clutter keeps us from moving forward. Blanke calls the extra physical and emotional debris “life plaque.”
“When we throw out the physical clutter, we clear our minds. When we throw out the mental clutter, we clear our souls,” she says.
√ Constantly edit. Living in the digital age has its benefits, she says, but only if you know how to use the delete button.
√ Throw out old ideas about yourself that no longer apply. And let go of the idea that everybody has to love you.
“Think about Martha Stewart or Oprah or Ina Garten or Cher … or Lady Gaga. Some people love ’em, some don’t,” Blanke says. “Here’s a fact: If enough people love you, the ones who don’t, don’t matter!”
— Adapted from “Q-and-A with Gail Blanke: Clearing the clutter can open your path to success,” Tricia Smith, SmartBlog on.