I’ve created a new page on my website for my Clutter Busting Talks. I’m giving Clutter Busting talks and workshops to companies and organizations. I help participants gain the psychological tools to take a fresh look at their lives, their workspaces, and the work processes they perform. They take back their space and time, while they learn to maintain their newfound freedom. For more info.
Here’s a testimonial from Karen Meersman about the Clutter Busting workshop I gave a few weeks ago to the group Women in Cable Telecommunications:
“Brooks Palmer was the speaker for our organization’s Spring Workshop. His wonderful presentation on Clutterbusting was informative, interactive and fun. His stories, examples and suggestions on how to address our own “clutter” situations were tremendously helpful. I personally was able to take his tips and begin the task of de-cluttering my own office.”
One participant at the recent workshop shared about how she no longer enjoyed being part of a particular club, but she couldn’t get herself to leave because she was worried she would be chastised by the other members. I said that she sounded like she was in pain when she described her dilemma. I said that staying in continuous pain like that takes a toll personally and professionally. It wears us down and affects our physical and mental health. She agreed that it was making her exhausted at home and at work but she still felt stuck.
I said the pain that came from her worrying about being chastised was a fantasy pain. That kind of pain is more intense because it’s imagined. No one outside her was actually scolding her. She was creating the scolding in vivid detail in her mind. This was clutter because it wasn’t helping her resolve the situation, and it wasn’t removing the pain.
Seeing what she had been doing, she thought about it and realized that if she did leave the club and someone criticized her, she could deal with that discomfort in the moment. She decided to let go of the club. I could see in her demeanor that she let go of a tremendous burden.