First, take a lesson from Ganesha, and discover your obstacles to an uncluttered space by circling the answers below that best describe you.

1. Why does your environment remain cluttered?
  • It is not a priority.
  • I can never get around to tidying it.
  • I don't know where to start.
  • I fear I will never finish.
  • Other
2. How does the clutter make you feel?
  • Confused
  • Anxious
  • Hopeless
  • Embarrassed
  • Indifferent
  • Other
3. What is holding you back from releasing old things?
  • I am not sure what to keep.
  • I'm insecure about making decisions.
  • I fear I will need something the minute after I toss it out.
  • I am afraid to let go.
  • Other
4. What would make it easier for you to declutter?
  • Knowing I am making the right decisions
  • Not regretting losing something
  • Knowing that it won't be time consuming
  • Knowing that it will really work
  • Other
5. How much time will I commit to change?
  • One month
  • Six months
  • One year
  • As long as it takes
  • Other
6. What does an uncluttered environment represent to you?
  • Fear
  • Excitement
  • Work
  • Freedom
  • Other
Excerpt from Secrets of Simplicity by Mary Carlomagno, published by Chronicle Books. Copyright © 2008 All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.


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