Before we jump into how to declutter your business, I have to say I’m pretty excited about this topic. Something you may not know about me is I love organizing and decluttering. Labels, perfectly fitted bins, drawer dividers, a trunk full of donations…yes, please!
Give me all the books on Feng Shui and how to change my life by tidying up, and I’m one happy girl.
In fact, when I first read the Life Changing Art of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, I was laying on a couch in an Airbnb in Kyoto. It was raining outside. I was snuggled in with my Kindle, basically in love with life. Being in Japan, and staying in traditional homes that were beautifully clutter-free, made me really think about my attachment to stuff and how much I’ve accumulated over the years–but that stuff wasn’t doing much other than filling up shelves, closets, and drawers.
I got off the plane, slept-in for forever, then started going through everything.
The process was emotional at times but always liberating. Systematically I went through paper, clothes, books, you name it, and released. My car filled up multiple times over, and I drove it all away.
There’s the benefit of having a cleaner home. But there’s also the emotional space that gets created. The stuff that remains is intentional and serves a purpose. Now I make a point of going through this process a few times a year.
Energetically, this cultivates what I’m working to manifest. The energy in my home isn’t as scattered.
It’s common to talk about this process as it applies to the stuff in our homes. However, what about our businesses?
The same idea is true. We need to go through all that we’ve accumulated to create space for newness to come in. Space for clarity and focus. Space for that feeling of empowerment that comes from having things together, and in their right place.
Just like in our homes, things pile up, even when we’re mostly digital.
The stuff we accumulate in our businesses can often sneakily pile up because it’s not as visible as the pile of junk mail or the oversized concert t-shirt that you no longer wear.
- Freebies we’ve been holding on to
- Partial drafts of blog posts that are no longer in alignment
- Email subscriptions we don’t open any longer
- Media files from multiple iterations ago
- The list goes on
And sometimes these things are more tangible:
- The books you have piled up, either read or unread.
- The receipts you need to enter or file away.
- The printed out freebies, class worksheets, and checklists.
- The pads of paper and index cards that are filled with brainstorms but that ended up in the back of a drawer.
So in this spirit, take a bit of time to declutter your business. Open up space for what you want to bring in.
You don’t have to get rid of everything. And there will be times when you realize you just need a better system to organize and keep everything handy.
Especially with paper, you may want to file things away or digitize them.
What I do in this scenario is take relevant notes, business cards, course workbooks, outlines, whatever paper I have hanging around but want to still hold on to, then I scan and upload them to Evernote. This keeps everything in one place and makes them searchable. P.S. the searchable feature is pretty amazing.
To help with the decluttering process, I created a checklist you can use to systematically declutter your business.
Inbox and Desktop:
___ Freebies / Webinars you’ve been saving but never get to
___ Email newsletters – start unsubscribing
___ Scattered Word docs that are partially started, or out of date.
___ Apps you don’t use
___ Your download folder
___ Your Google Drive
___ Your inbox
___ Photos in your website’s media library that are no longer relevant
___ Blog posts that are no longer in alignment
___ Page drafts that are collecting digital dust
___ Plug-ins you’re not using
___ Old themes you’ve grown out of
___ Books you won’t go back to or that don’t make sense anymore
___ Receipts — get to filing them
___ Printouts of worksheets and workbooks from classes and webinars
___ Index cards / brainstorms that no longer hold a spark
Remember, as you’re going through this process, you may find other areas that need some clearing. Follow your gut on this.
There’s something that feels so good about clearing and letting go. The process can feel both exciting and overwhelming at first. Just start with one task. Don’t worry about tackling it all at once. Just diving in will help you get organized and energetically get things flowing. That brilliant idea that’s been at the tip of your tongue, the new offering, collaboration, and client, now has more energetic space to land at your doorstep.
Now, I’d love to hear from you! If you liked this post, please share. It would mean a lot 🙂 Also, did you have any thoughts or resonances reading it? I’d love to hear in the comments!
Huge love and big digital hugs,