March was truly Madness…but let’s be honest, April, May, June, and all the other months will be too. There is no excuse for letting everything get so cluttered that you don’t accomplish your goals.  

I set a goal at the beginning of this year: To start a blog and post once a month. I thought, “Once a month, I can do that. 12 posts a year, I can handle that”. I didn’t want to start the blog but not keep it going. Yeah…. that lasted until March because it’s now April 17th and I never posted for March. It would be easy to give up now but how many times do we do that in life? Let’s be honest…really….all the time.

We start so many things then get busy and make excuses for why they failed.

March was packed full. We had two back to back out of town wedding weekends, I started looking for apartments, found out I have to get my tonsils & adenoids removed, decided to make extra money working part-time, and still made time to see friends. I never made time for my blog. There were plenty of opportunities but I never took them. I never took the time to push some things aside and make it happen.

I was thinking about this yesterday as I was cleaning out my closet. It was so jammed packed and full of stuff. I reached the point of pushing things aside to make room while shoving hangers into the closet all while most likely wrinkling all of my clothes. Oh, come on…. You have all been there too. In the midst of forcefully shoving clothes into my already full closet I got to thinking, how many times do I allow my closet to reach this point and why do it let it?

We let our closets get cluttered to a point of dysfunction. Then we are forced to get rid of things and organize what is left. Afterwards, we have a clean and neat closet with plenty of room to actually use it without being overwhelmed. When you finish cleaning it out there is this sense of accomplishment in what you got done and you can see the result. It doesn’t take long for it to get right back to the way it was with all of the clutter and junk. It gets so messy that again, we aren’t able to function.

It happens too often that we treat our lives like we treat our closets. We set goals for ourselves of things we want to accomplish then we let our lives get so cluttered with junk. We sit back and let it happen.

I let both my life and my closets get cluttered. I am one of those people who wants to help everyone so I say “yes” all the time and over commit myself. I have recently started saying, “no” more often and you know what I have found out. People understand. They get it. Because somewhere in their lives they need to say “no” to something too.

We all struggle with the busyness of life and we all over commit ourselves. The truth is that over commitment in our lives is like a cluttered closet. The quality of our work suffers when we over commit ourselves. We lose sight of our short-term and long-term goals because life is too cluttered.

It is important for us to take a step back and clean out the closets. You have to give away those shirts that don’t fit, throw away those shoes, and organize what you keep. Then you are able to move hangers around easily and pull a book off the shelf without everything falling down. That’s how life needs to be. You have to take time to say “no”, cancel a meeting if you still need to eat lunch, and prioritize what is important to you. Then you’re able to breathe, remember how to be yourself, and take time to accomplish your goals. Instead of packing in as much stuff as you can and letting it get wrinkled and overwhelming.

So yeah, this post is on April 17th and I skipped March but I am not giving up that easily. I am taking time to declutter my life and stay on track with my goals.

I am challenging you to do the same. Take time to declutter your closets and your life. Let’s be real….if they are both cluttered and overwhelming then the feeling of accomplishment will be about the same.