The obvious clutter is physical clutter and being burdened by the sheer presence of too many things but there is mental and emotional clutter as well.
It can be very easy to want to dive in and get everything taken care of so that it’s off our plates, or on the flip side, go into overwhelm and not do any of it. It can be tempting to ignore anything that feels like an obstacle, and just keep sailing on. Starting a project and getting a few things done can start chipping away and inspire you to continue. For example, I grew up in a family where we cleaned the house and did the laundry once a week. The dishes were always done after every meal. Papers were organized, and the garden was maintained to breathtaking beauty.
Sometimes knowing that all of that is coming up, you lose your motivation and find yourself in a bit of a funk. Who’s got time for holidays now? Prior proper prudent planning will help you relieve stress almost every time. Not every day will go according to plan, though I wish it would, so the more planning you can do, the less likely you’ll fall off your balance rocker.
Cultivating wellness, like tending to the soil in a garden, takes intuition and attention. It needs to be done regularly for success and is a different way of thinking than merely practicing self-care. It’s genuinely going within to seek out what you need, what makes your heart smile. Think about it. Practice it.