De-cluttering 101 at the Morristown library: Breathe deep, lighten up

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Clutter is a beast that can devour you whole, and bury your bones under a mound of yellowed magazines and unopened special offers.

Life coach Alissa Okrent makes a point about uncluttering life, at the Morristown & Township Library. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Life coach Alissa Okrent makes a point about uncluttering life, at the Morristown & Township Library. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Taming this beast requires taming yourself, according to Alissa Okrent, a life coach who spoke Tuesday at the Morristown & Township Library.

“You have to understand your rhythms,” she told about 15 people seeking a cure for bad feng shui.

She began with some yoga breathing exercises to relax the body and clear the mind, for clarity to prioritize and tackle stressful tasks in systematic fashion.

Other tips:

  • Value yourself, and make choices that reflect this value. (Triage your email; don’t take that phone call until you’re in the proper frame of mind; and so forth.)
  • Visualize clutter hot spots as uncluttered.
  • Do the uncluttering one chunk at a time, with periodic breaks.
  • Use calendars and journals to plan and prioritize.
  • The act of planning puts you in touch with your rhythms–the key to your efficiency.
  • Break big chores into manageable pieces, and set a timer to stay on track.
  • Enlist a friend to help you toss items you don’t really need.
  • Donate clothes you haven’t worn for two years.
  • Magazines older than three months belong in the recycling bin.
  • Sort stacks of mail into important stuff, and piles that easily can be discarded.
  • Ask yourself basic questions…and calmly listen for the answers.

“Your inner wisdom is your best guide. You must get quiet to hear it,” said Alissa, certified as a fitness trainer by the American Council on Exercise and a wellness professional for 25 years.

Profoundly influenced by an Outward Bound adventure as a teenager, she now helps clients find courage to find themselves and reduce stress with tools she describes at Confidence Compass.

“Create the space to relax, to play, to have fun. Lighten up!” Alissa advised.

Right. On. It.

OhMyGod…where did I put my cheat sheet?

 

 

 

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