After ‘Mindtalk Mayhem’, I’d like to continue the theme of mental health and well-being, and this is all down to a day of garage de-cluttering last weekend!

Like so many households now, the last thing you’d expect to find in our garage would be a car! There’s not a chance, as the garage is put to essential use as a storage room…sound familiar?

We did start the year with a tidy space, a trip to B&Q got us stocked up with shelving and storage boxes, and a weekend of clearing, tidying, recycling and several trips to the tip earned us one very clean, tidy and well organised garage, with a place for everything and everything in its place!

But that was January! There’s been a lot of ‘garage dumping’ since then, and when you’ve got to clear a path down the centre of the space in order to access it, you know that the ‘Great British Garage Tidy Up’ cannot be put off any longer!

So on a chilly, damp November Saturday, we agreed we could procrastinate no longer, and up went the garage door.

That initial moment, surveying the task ahead, was nearly enough to just close the door again and simply move the task to another time, but thankfully, simple common sense prevailed and we decided to ‘bite the bullet’.

And bite it we did, and this time we were a little more ruthless in our guidelines, for this is where we’d come unstuck last time, hanging onto stuff ‘just in case’!

Google tells me that there are 31,100,000 results for ‘how to declutter’, and we elected to follow this five-point plan:

  1. Get rid of duplicates.
  2. Get rid of things not used in a year.
  3. Nothing to be kept out of guilt.
  4. Don’t keep items we wouldn’t buy now.
  5. EVERYTHING we keep needs a home

There’s a wonderful satisfaction in starting to see ‘the wood for the trees’ and the tidier and clearer the garage became, the more we were spurred on to complete the task, (including tip runs) by the end of Saturday.

We had a purpose and we managed our time, and that’s the effectiveness of Purpose Driven Time Management.

Try it!

Of course, once you’ve started in one area, you then start to look around and see what else would benefit from a declutter. For my other half, his next mission is his garden ‘man cave’, and for me, well I’m not daft, I get to do mine in the warm…I need a ‘mind declutter’!

Kind of obvious when you stop and think about it, but how often do we actually stop and do it? My year has seen many new experiences, both personally and professionally and sometimes there isn’t time to process each new item effectively, so it just gets thrown into the jumble along with everything else.

If I want to continue to build on new experiences then I need to make room for them, and in that case, I may have to let somethings go. An emotionless task when tidying a garage, not so painless when it comes to what’s inside your head.

Unlike the garage clear out, this job will take time, but I do need to introduce some discipline, otherwise my intentions will quickly slide.

Some of the decisions will be tough, maybe saying goodbye to a relationship that has become stale and toxic, maybe facing feelings and thoughts that have been stuck at the back of the filing cabinet in my mind!

Hopefully turning more of the wistful ‘To Do’ list into the ‘I’ve Bl**dy Done It’ list!

There’s work to be done!

I’m so lucky to now be working in an environment that embraces this thinking and helps to provide the tools I need to help me, and I feel empowered just by sharing my thoughts with you.

If any of this resonates with you, then help is at hand! Have a look at our Resources Page.

Or maybe take the specific step towards Mental WellBeing.

Sue Alty – The Creative Coordinator

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We think Sue must be a ‘Master of the Dark Arts’, as she has hidden depths! Running our office with meticulous planning and capability, Sue is an avid list writer with a keen eye for detail. But don’t be fooled by that organised demeanour, for Sue is as creative as she is efficient! A skilled communicator with a humorous edge, Sue is as passionate about people and their learning and development as she is about becoming the future Mrs Tom Hardy or Mrs Benedict Cumberbatch (either will do!).  An interesting career path has taken her from the glamour of working in luxury London hotels to the chilled Distribution Centres of supermarket retail, and whether managing small groups or large teams, people are at the heart of everything Sue does.