Decluttering your home and office will inevitably make things more simple! When we first opened our practice in Colorado, we lived in a 2 bedroom condo and only moved stuff into the condo that made sense for daily living. We were lucky in that we were able to leave behind in our parents homes, everything that didn't serve our mission, to open and grow a successful chiropractic office. Same with our office. We were very intentional with the items we bought to fill our space and were careful not to over buy unnecessary supplies, furniture, or gadgets.
When we moved back to Kansas City 6 years ago, since we were moving into a house with plenty of storage and space, we moved all of the stuff we had been storing in our parents homes, into our own, and it felt overwhelming. It's nice to have a house full of things, but those things takeaway from time spent with our kids and in our office. We've been slowly(with 3 small kids, everything gets done somewhat slowly, haha) getting rid of everything that's unnecessary and doesn't serve our Lifestyle Practice Builders mission. Hindsight, I wish we had never allowed all of these things into our house.
If you feel held back by the stuff in your home and office, then this is the time to declutter! Allow yourself to disconnect from unnecessary things and sell or donate what isn't serving you daily. Rich and I have made the hard choice to get rid of things that at one time were special, like Rich's enormous CD collection, childhood drawings and paperwork, furniture we had through important moments in life, and more...but time spent with our family and building our office is more important than holding on, storing, organizing all of these things! We also realized our kids will ultimately want very few of these things when we're gone.
If you're someone who has a hard time letting go, then here are some benefits, borrowed from Becoming Minimalist, that might make it easier for you:
Ready to make the move? Then here are some tips we've found online for decluttering your space:
Ultimately having a goal and a plan of attack for decluttering your home is best. With our kids growing into different stages, changing trends, and growing to-dos, decluttering our home has become an ever evolving task. We've worked really hard to get the main level of our home decluttered for maximum efficiency by buying more functional furniture and selling/donating anything not being used or needed. The basement on the other hand has been more challenging. We're still working on the kids' playroom, our office, Rich's music studio, storage space, and garage. These aren't areas we use daily though, so we're not as concerned with them, but we do spend time when we can getting them up to maximum operating order.
We hope you've found these tips helpful. We can't tell you how important it is to let this stuff go. If it's not serving your mission - the time you want to spend starting and growing your office, the time you want to spend with friends or family, or doing other things you love, then LET IT GO!
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