De-cluttering our psychological home


“Out of clutter, find Simplicity. From discord, find Harmony.  In the middle of difficulty lies Opportunity.” – Albert Einstein

Do you find yourself wanting to clean house after the holidays?

I love decorating my home for the holidays.  The lights twinkling on my fireplace mantel,  the outside of my house brightly lit, and the ornaments on the tree that bring back memories of Christmas’ of my past.  However,  once New Years Day has come and gone,  I am ready to clean up my home by going through the decorations, discarding those that have seen better days and neatly packing away the rest until next year.  I do a little re-arranging of furniture and wall decor to bring a fresh look as we go into the New Year.

This year,  I have decided that I could use a little clean up, re-organizing and de-cluttering of my psychological home. I created a list of what items are getting worn out and need to be discarded, items that I really would like to donate to others, and last but not least, determining what I really want to keep and make full use of this coming year:

Throw Away:

  • Sarcasm
  • Negativity
  • Being Judgmental
  • Impatience
  • Anger
  • Sadness


  • Kindness and generosity
  • Forgiveness and mercy (for myself in addition to others)
  • Humor


  • Tenacity and staying in competition with myself
  • My commitment in building long-lasting relationships
  • Gratitude
  • Curiosity, being interested in others and the world
  • Being a student – always seeking to learn

I prioritized my clean up list by using my Signature Strengths.  As a coach, I encourage my clients to take a simple Character Strengths Survey to give insight into what strengths we each have that we can utilize to create a more fulfilling life.  Various studies have indicated that certain strengths appear to correlate with improved happiness (i.e. Gratitude).

Do you have any mental clutter that creates discord in your life?  How might you de-clutter and re-arrange items to find Simplicity, Harmony and Opportunity in the New Year?

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