Organize Your Way to Peace and Happiness!

There are so many physical benefits to being organized, but have you ever thought about the mental and spiritual boost you can get from organization?

Whether you're dealing with your home or office, getting rid of all that clutter can translate into a deeper type of cleansing. Consider it to be a form of purification! Every time you throw something in the garbage, you're creating a sense of lightness and freedom that can turn into a major mental boost.

All of this de-cluttering can even impact the energy around you. When you clean up the space around you, it gets rid of any stagnation that's affecting it and invites a flow of fresher, more invigorating energy.

The end result? More peace, prosperity, harmony, and ultimately, success!

But how do you get organized in the first place? It can seem like such a daunting task when you're staring at a messy space. Here's a step-by-step guide for doing it the right way:

1. Clear away the clutter.

Clutter isn't just unpleasant to look at. It also pulls your focus away from more important things and leaves you feeling overwhelmed. That's why it's so important to get rid of it! Go through each piece, and be honest with yourself about whether or not you really need it. If it's something unimportant that's just taking up space, throw it away.

2. Don't allow the keepsakes to become clutter.

Just because something needs to be kept doesn't mean it can be messy! Instead of tossing important things into your drawers and closets, take some time to organize them and store them neatly. After all, clutter is clutter. Even if it's tucked behind a door or in a drawer, it'll still give you all of those negative vibes!

3. Give everything a good scrubbing.

Once you've cleared away the clutter, grab the duster, the vacuum cleaner, the mop, and all of the other cleaning gear you need to make your space sparkle. It's important to be thorough because you're not just wiping away dust and dirt - you're also getting rid of the stagnant, negative energy that's been holding you back.

4. Take a break.

Once everything is squeaky clean, take a moment to look at your surroundings. Everything looks better, but pay special attention to how it feels. You should feel lighter and calmer right away.

5. Bring in some beneficial energy.

Now that you've cleared away the bad stuff, it's time to replace it with some good stuff. There are plenty of ways to bring in some beneficial energy, including:

- Smudging the area with dried sage leaves.

All you have to do is get some dried sage leaves (available at most herb shops and online), light the end of the sage stick, and blow out the flame so that the leaves smolder and release their fragrant smoke. Then, walk around your space and waft the smoke into the air. As you're doing this, announce that you're removing the negative energy and inviting a flow of good energy to take its place.

- Lighting incense and scented candles.

Simply pick out the scents that are most pleasing to you, and put them in every room. Some of the most popular scents are lavender, rosemary, lemongrass, sage, sandalwood, myrrh, frankincense, and rose.

- Using meditation and visualization.

Get comfortable and breathe deeply until you're in a meditative state. Then, envision brilliant white light taking over every corner of your space. Watch as it crackles with an electric charge, zapping away all of the negativity and leaving peace and harmony in its place.

Fortunately, this is quick and easy, so you can do it anytime you feel your space becoming heavy and sluggish!

- Getting clear about what you want next.

Personally, I'm not one for smudging an area with dried sage leaves, lighting incense and scented candles, or using meditation and visualization (at least not in the way I just described)), however, I know those who are and thus mention them.

The number one, best way I know of to bring beneficial energy into your life is to get real clear about what you want next in your life. A crystal clear vision of what you want next instantly brings order to your life and, as a result, peace, harmony, success, and happiness.

That's what I do and suggest you do as well!

If you need help creating a vision that's right you (and only you!), I highly recommend reading my Wallace D. Wattles Quick Start Guide and my Wallace D. Wattles Advanced Vision Guide, in that order. Between the two of them, you'll learn just about everything you'll ever need to know about creating visions and, more importantly, realizing them. Click the links below to get your copies today.

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Easy Organizational Tips to Create the Most Productive Home Office

Whether you work from home every day or you just have a home office you work in occasionally, you've got to be organized. Without a good organization plan, you'll never be able to work as efficiently as you could. If you spend more time searching for a place to sit or looking for an empty space to make some notes, it's time for a new plan.

But first, let's get all those excuses out of the way!

After all, organizing isn't exactly the most fun project in the world. That's why so many people make up excuses to get out of doing it! If you've ever said to yourself organizing your home office would actually make it harder for you to find things later, you're guilty of this excuse-making. And, in the meantime, you're wasting a whole lot of time digging around and telling yourself "I know it's here someplace!"

So, let's get out of excuse mode and into organization mode! Here are some great (and easy!) ways to do it:

- Divide the work into manageable areas.

If your home office is overwhelmed with clutter, accept the fact you're not going to get everything organized at once (or in one day!). Instead, divide the task into individual areas so you don't give up when you try to conquer an entire mountain of work.

- Have a variety of storage options.

Things like file folders and storage bins are worth their weight in gold in a well-organized home office. If you have plenty of both on hand when you begin, you won't have to go back and reorganize anything later. Instead, you'll be able to create a place for everything, and everything will be in its place. Doesn't that sound great?!

Want to accentuate the "home" in your home office? Opt for wicker baskets instead of storage bins. That way, you'll be organized and stylish!

- Stick to the six month rule.

If you haven't referred to a piece of paper, file, or notepad in the last six months, throw it away. The only exception to this rule is legal and tax documents, which belong in their own long-term file folder or bin.

- Organize, don't read.

If you read every word on every piece of paper you put away, you'll never get through everything! Instead, skim quickly, decide if you need it (and where it goes), and move on. You can do some more in-depth reading later if you want.

- Reserve your desktop for essentials.

A cluttered desktop will make your entire work day feel cluttered. So, only keep things on your desk you absolutely need like your phone, computer, calculator, and basic office supplies like pens and paper clips. (And, yes, a family photo is definitely an essential that belongs here, too!)

- Take advantage of your desk drawers.

A clean desktop isn't the only thing that'll make your home office look and feel better. Clean desk drawers provide a ton of storage space, so they need to be carefully organized too!

- Keep it simple.

There's no point in creating a filing system if it's too complicated to remember! Keep your organizational efforts simple. In fact, you may want to store things in clear containers or label your bins with big, bold letters to make things even easier to find later.

- Create a to-do list.

Once your home office is organized, you can organize each individual day with a to-do list! That way, you'll be able to keep track of everything and enjoy the sense of accomplishment when you get to cross each item off the list.

- Reward yourself.

Once you've got all of this organizing done, give yourself a pat on the back! Then, be sure to keep everything neat and tidy. Even just five minutes of straightening up at the end of your workday can make your entire office look and feel better. That way, you can approach every day with the surge of energy you're feeling right now!

One more tip:

- Beautify your surroundings in every possible way.

In As a Grain of Mustard Seed, Wallace D. Wattles wrote:

"Every mental worker should make his workshop as beautiful and pleasant as he possibly can; his work cannot fail to be the better for the suggestions coming from lovely surroundings."

How true!

In fact, he went on to say:

"And really, this should be true of all workers; money could not be better invested than in beautifying and making pleasant the factories and workshops where the masses of the people work with their hands for daily bread. Art and beauty should receive as much consideration in building a factory as in building a church."

Wise advice.

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De-Cluttering Your Life Is Important - And Easy!

Did you know de-cluttering the physical space around you can give your mood a boost?

Feng Shui experts say everything in your home can store memories. Specifically, your furniture, walls, and even piles of papers "remember" everything in the form of energy. So, by doing some de-cluttering, you can get rid of all of that energy - meaning you can also get rid of any negative feelings and memories you may have.

Whether you buy into that argument or not, de-cluttering can give you some powerful benefits!

Think about it - have you ever felt worse after getting rid of a bunch of clutter? You probably breathe a giant sigh of relief whenever you clear out the junk and make your home squeaky-clean!

And, even if you don't think there's any energy involved, de-cluttering can be a cathartic experience. By getting rid of things you've been hanging onto for a long time, you can get rid of the memories associated with them. You may not even realize you've been dwelling on something, but once you get rid of the items associated with it, you'll feel better!

Bottom line - de-cluttering can get rid of the bad stuff and make more space (in both your home and your heart) for newer, better things!

OK, but this can be an overwhelming task. So, what's the best way to de-clutter your home?

- Look around first.

By walking through each room and looking around with a critical eye, it should be easy to figure out which area you need to tackle first. If you have a bunch of cluttered rooms, do your de-cluttering in small chunks. A list of small tasks is much easier to deal with than one giant task!

- Start with the easy stuff.

Clean off your kitchen table before you try to de-clutter the attic. By getting one task out of the way quickly and easily, you'll be much more motivated to tackle the rest.

- Be honest with yourself.

As you go through your stuff, ask yourself, "Do I love this?" "Do I need this?" "Do I still use this?" If the answer to any of these questions is "yes", keep the item. Just be completely honest when you're answering!

- Tap into the power of piles.

Divide your stuff into four groups - "Keep", "Dump", "Recycle", and "Donate". Then, follow through. Take your "Donate" pile to the local charity later that day and immediately throw away everything that's in the "Dump" pile. If you don't work quickly, you may never get around to getting rid of it!

- Promise yourself to de-clutter again soon.

If you go through things on a regular basis, de-cluttering won't be a mountain of a task. Instead, it'll be part of your routine that's easy to keep up with.

De-cluttering isn't just a physical act, though. Lots of us have emotional "clutter" that's preventing us from making the most out of our lives.

Like what?

Things like unfinished tasks, being angry at someone, or hanging out with a friend who always seems to "take it out of you" are all emotional clutter. Because you spend so much time dealing with this clutter, you don't have any time or energy left to nourish your soul and refresh your body!

So, how do you get rid of your emotional clutter?

- Make a list.

Write down anything you've been procrastinating over and ask yourself why you've been putting it off. After that, determine which items on the list really need to be taken care of and which ones can be forgotten about forever. By setting a clear goal for everything (even if the goal is just to stop thinking about it!), you'll feel better.

- Stop worrying.

Worrying doesn't do anything to help you. It won't change the outcome of anything. All it WILL do is ruin what's going on in your life right now by clogging up your mind! Instead, use all that energy to think about what you want and how you're going to get it.

- Follow through.

If you promised to do something for a friend, do it. If you made a commitment to your son or daughter, follow through on it. Having a bunch of unfulfilled promises will only clutter your mind.

If you can't or won't do these things, be honest and upfront. After you withdraw your promise, you won't have to waste time thinking about it anymore.

- Make "no" part of your vocabulary.

If you don't want to have to break a bunch of promises later on, learn how to say no. There's no better way to build up emotional clutter than to take on a bunch of responsibilities you can't - or don't want to - do.

You also need to learn how to say no to people who drag you down. If, for example, you have one friend who always wants to go to happy hour and complain, stop agreeing to meet up with him. You'll be amazed at how much better you feel!

- Learn to forgive.

It's perfectly natural to be angry when someone hurts you. However, having all that anger inside of you hurts physically and emotionally. Forgiving someone doesn't mean letting them back into your life with open arms, though (don't confuse forgiving with being a doormat!). Instead, consider forgiveness to mean letting go of the memory of what they've done to you.

By refusing to think about how you've been wronged, you'll have more room in your life for good things. You owe it to yourself to leave the pain behind. When you think about it that way, forgiveness is more about you than them!

Finally, make emotional de-cluttering part of your regular routine. Even though you won't see it pile up like the physical clutter does, you'll feel so much better once it's gone!

In his book You Were Born Rich, well-known self-development author and speaker Bob Proctor refers to "the vacuum law of prosperity", about which he writes:

"... if you sincerely desire to receive something which is new, you must first make room for it by ridding yourself of that which is old."

Calling it "an ironclad law of life".

Now, I don't know if that's really true or not, it's certainly not something Mr. Wattles addressed in his writings, however, personal experience tells me it may well be, or so it seems.

By the way, it's worth grabbing yourself a copy of You Were Born Rich by Bob Proctor, if, for no other reason, than to read the last chapter of the book, Chapter 10, titled "The Vacuum Law of Prosperity". It's a real eye-opener! Click or tap the link below to get your copy today.

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