How Your Stuff Is Blocking Your Dreams


Stop hiding behind all your stuff. Help your dreams come to fruition.

What's standing in the way of bringing your dreams to reality? What's stopping you from taking that next baby step towards happiness and the kind of daily life you crave? What if I told you one of the things in the way of your dreams was clutter?

Clutter comes in many forms. Mental clutter, calendar clutter, spiritual clutter, and, of course, physical clutter—the mountains of laundry that need to be washed or folded, the stacks and stacks of books we're going to read so that we can find the magic solution to fixing our lives, the piles of shoes at the door, and the unwearable clothes crowding our closets—crowd us from peaceful entry and exit into our own lives.

We try to fill the void in our lives with stuff. We attempt to buy our way to a perfect life, believing that if we have the right clothes, or shoes, or living room couch, our lives will magically be on track. We "treat" ourselves to a new sweater, new towels, or new shoes to soothe our loneliness. We seek to purchase forgiveness. We hope that by buying a loved one a splendid present, we will get them to love us more. The truth about clutter is this: it distracts us. It pulls our attention away from our real desires.

You don't have to be living in hoarder level clutter for physical clutter to get in the way of the kind of life you desire. If you want a daily life that feels loving, supportive, and nourishing, the first place to look is around you. The over-stuffed closet keeps you from easily and quickly preparing yourself to face the world. The linen closet full of ratty towels and sheets you don't ever use distracts you from creating who you desire to be every damn time you open the door. And those boxes of "memories" that are stacked in the attic, basement, or under your bed are what you really think about when you try to envision how a nourishing life would be. The hidden clutter calls to us, reminding us of past failures at creating a perfect life.

Our most important resource is our precious attention and focus. When it comes to ushering your dreams out of your mind and into your everyday life, you need that attention to go towards yourself and your goals, not onto the stacks, piles, and overstuffed closets and drawers.

You deserve to live in a home that allows you to thrive and feel nourished. All sizes of clutter can shift your focus away from what matters—yourself and your dreams. Don't allow your clutter to keep you from brining your dreams into your reality.

Debra Smouse is a Tarnished Southern Belle who discovered that when she shed the clutter she surrounded herself with, she could create a life she loves. Visit her website or connect with her on Twitter or Facebook.  Want help busting your clutter? Sign up for Debra's eCourse: Clutter Busting.

This article was originally published at Debra Smouse . Com. Reprinted with permission from the author.