Clutter shows up not only with our things, thoughts, and in our time. Money clutter is about beliefs we have not examined in awhile. It is part of every relationship, whether business partners, life partners, siblings or with parents. Are we educated, for now and what’s coming? Are we holding onto old saving or spending patterns ? Do we have the financial habits in place so that we get and stay on track and make our life’s goals?
Emotional clutter is when we have emotional baggage we haven’t dealt with, or behaviors we are not aware of until someone points them out. Spiritual clutter, when we are not clear about what we believe. Digital clutter – the photos, the files, the emails; we don’t see it as often as the clutter in our homes or on our desks at work …. but that doesn’t mean we don’t feel its guilty presence. Weight clutter. Each aspect of our lives [picture below] can have clutter.
Clutter: It’s about having too much. Not being clear about what we want. Not making decisions.
Suze Orman in Oprah magazine says: “Power comes from who you are, not what you have.” And her grandfather’s philosphy: “You have to grow up valuing your heart, who you are.”
That’s just in the opening paragraphs and as you read further, she gives us 6 powerful, insightful lessons in ” What Money Has Taught Me about Personal Power.”
“Self-worth builds net worth”
This insight caught my eye. It reminded me of an article I posted recently on my business Facebook page, about how our things are connected to our self-worth. Here was my summary of the article:
DECLUTTERING, GRIEF & OUR SELF-WORTH: Research shows what we hold onto and can’t let go of very easily is tied to our self-worth, however you might personally measure it….. and also that letting go causes emotional grief.
Beyond the insightful money lessons Suze offers, I’m also thinking about the connections between money and how we feel about ourselves (self-worth, self-esteem, confidence, strength). Our sense of self seems to keep appearing as I consider the different kinds of clutter in our lives.
Our questions about clutter
- What kinds of clutter are you feeling in your life?
- Where – in which aspect?
- What questions do you need to ask to get clarity on a next step?
- And if you did take a step, how would that make you feel?
- How would you feel differently after it’s done?
Money clutter resource