Declutter Your Business

Declutter Your Business

Declutter Your Business

crystal nerpel of cloud nine organizing

by Crystal Nerpel
Cloud Nine Organizing

There is a counterproductive and profit-draining habit that keeps many business professionals from achieving their fullest potential. This is the habit of tolerating clutter in their business. Clutter stifles creativity, energy, effective decision-making, and growth.

Want to level-up? Then start decluttering! As a professional organizer and business owner, I have figured out how to open up new possibilities, and increase productivity and profitability through decluttering.

Declutter your physical workspace. Start with the obvious; the physical clutter you can see and touch. Respect yourself, your business, and your clients enough to have a clutter-free workspace. Clear off your desk, clean out your filing cabinets, throw away broken furniture, and cull through the excessive amount of office supplies.

Starting with physical clutter simply gets you in the right mindset to deal with the trickier clutter: unnecessary projects, information overload, negative people, and the wrong clients.

Declutter your projects. Put away old, completed projects that no longer represent the current focus of your business. This will open up space in your office and your mind for brilliant, future projects you haven’t even been able to dream of yet.

More importantly, give yourself permission to let go of unfinished projects that you know are never going to be completed. Not completing a project that no longer matches your goals and values is NOT a failure. It means you have a good understanding of your business and your clients.

Declutter information overload. It is completely counterproductive (and exhausting) keeping up with all the irrelevant information that is constantly thrown at us on a minute-by-minute basis. Be proactive in blocking out all the unwanted chatter.

  • You can quickly declutter your inbox by unsubscribing from solicitation emails at If you don’t do anything else, do this.
  • It’s also a great idea to turn your phone off if you are in a meeting or in the middle of a big project. Most texts or calls are not emergencies.
  • Turn off all social media notifications on all your devices while you are working. Worry about what’s going on with you right now, not other people.

Declutter negative people and upgrade your tribe. Jim Rohn says, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” So if your ratio of negative friends is too high, it’s time to upgrade. I know this sounds harsh, but it’s what happy, successful people do.

Dealing with negative family members is more sensitive. Start by simply not discussing work with family members who have negative comments about your business.

Declutter your clients. This is HARD, but it may be the best decision you make. If there are struggles and headaches, it can be a good move to fire a client. You should also turn down new clients/jobs that don’t match your business values. Make sure it’s a good fit. Turning down work sounds crazy, but it will open up more opportunities for you to work with your ideal clients.

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