This week was the first week after a 10 day vacation. The vacation was sweet! Getting back to work was not!
Those ten days were much needed, before vacation, I had been overworking teaching various groups of classes at the university, seeing patients, and anything else I could manage.
I could have gone like this for more time…maybe untill the end of the year, but at what price? Maybe my health… would pay the price.
Everything in life has a price…a price you have to pay.
I got to my desk, right before the first class of the day, and the first thing I thought was: “Oh Crap!” I saw the desk… it was covered in big bundles of papers. Paper on top of paper, on top of more paper, ad infinitum! This was one of the causes I was feeling Burned out at work!
I don´t know why I felt like that, since I always have my desk with a lot of papers, that I have to work on, but I never have the time to work on them, anyway…
And then it struck me! Do I only have my desk cluttered?
Crap! No.. also my car, which I have a lot of papers on the back seat, and my house too!
Immediately I thought…
It´s time to declutter your life
Your house and your mind
In various psychology tests, your house is a symbol for your mind, for your psyche…so if you draw a house, then you are drawing how your mind is at that moment in time.
Could it be that a cluttered house, work station, car, etc. is a symbol for a cluttered mind? If you declutter your work station, house, etc. are you decluttering your mind?
Feng Shui and a Cluttered House
Ancient Chinese Feng Shui masters, think so. They say that if you have a cluttered house, then you will have bad Chi.
Chi for the Chinese means Energy…Vital Energy.
I studied Feng Shui, under one of the great Feng Shui Masters alive today, Master Larry Sang. I studied during 1996 until 2000, going various times to the American Feng Shui Institute, in Monterey Park California.
In the Feng Shui perpective, a cluttered house is a house with a stagnant Chi. Vital Energy does not move, and starts to cause various problems and diseases.
A stagnant house may cause you to get depressed, anxious, or even to start getting colds and allergy problems.
Are you a Compulsive Hoarder?
According to Wikipedia:
“Compulsive Hoarding is a pattern of behavior that is characterized by the excessive acquisition of and inability or unwillingness to discard large quantities of objects that cover the living areas of the home and cause significant distress or impairment. Compulsive hoarding behavior has been associated with health risks, impaired functioning, economic burden, and adverse effects on friends and family members.”
If you are a Compulsive Hoarder, then you must first treat your anxiety, and emotional feelings towards the objects you are hoarding.
If you are not a compulsive hoarder, then you may go through each space you want to declutter, and do the following:
- 1. Go through the objects and take out the ones that are indispensable for you, your family and/or your business. Put them in another place, for you to take care of them, and USE them or put them in a SAFE place.
2. Go through the objects and take away the ones that you may DONATE to a shelter or PEOPLE, or even ANIMAL SHELTER that may USE them. Take them to the shelter… don´t put them in your garage for taking them later!
3. Put everything else in the wastebasket.
So now, I have to go through this list, and declutter my life, by starting with my office space… I need some GOOD CHI, and not Bad Chi.
Let´s start to declutter our life… start by taking care of a zone at a time… but start today and declutter your life!
Photo by Sean McEntee, Flickr.