Go ahead, get inspired.

A clay heart on black gravelWhat do you need when you feel uninspired? When I need to get inspired, I get together with a successful person – works every time. I haven’t been writing for a while, so the universe sent me a successful person disguised as a client. But I know in my gut that our work together goes far beyond organizing his office space.


Our conversation began with questions I typically ask clients during our first meeting:

What do you want to move towards?

What do you want to move away from?

The answers to these questions helps us co-create the guidelines we will use to make the keep/toss decisions.

To successfully organize a space, we need to look beyond the stuff, because it’s so much more than just tidying up.

I need to help my clients get clear on the kind of life they want to create moving forward – as well as the parts of their lives they have outgrown and want to let go of.

It’s never about the stuff. It’s about what the stuff represents. If you are keeping stuff that represents the person you were, how will you ever make space for the person you want to be?

So, back to my client. When I asked him what he wants to move away from, well, his answer blew me away. “Ego”. Well, that makes it pretty clear, doesn’t it? Now, all we have to do is go through the items piled on his desk, table, bookcase and corners of the office to determine whether he is keeping them to boost his ego, or not. The decision process just got a whole lot easier.

What does he want to make more space for in his life? “Love”. The simplicity of this left me speechless. And then it occurred to me, isn’t that what we all want? Sometimes it’s disguised as a need for approval, a desire to be accepted, or a hunger to be needed. We want to feel heard, appreciated, respected. But it all boils down to the same thing – that four letter word that so many songs and poems and heart-breaks are about.

I see my work here as helping my client move out of his head (ego) and into his heart (love). I have the feeling that our work together will help me do the same – because everyone I meet has something to teach me. And as a result, here I am, fired up to write a blog post after weeks of feeling like I had nothing important to say.

So how would you answer either of these questions? Give it a go and discover one of the most important things about you.

What do you want to move towards?

What do you want to move away from?

Please share in the comments below – and inspire yourself and others in the process.

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  • Laura monk says:

    This is a fantastic article! I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first started reading this. Helen, you are amazing! Keep up the good work! Miss your show neat. Wish you would make some more episodes!

  • Marlana says:

    So glad you shared Helen! I’m working to move toward happiness and away from fear.

  • Arlene says:

    Thank you so much that you were “fired up” to write this! This post and the previous one (on the roles we play) really spoke to me. I have been really cranky for the past 3 months and I know that it’s because I’m deeply unhappy with my life. I need to really search my heart and see what the stumbling block is in my life. I’ll try to identify what I want to move away from and what I want to move toward. Many blessings to you Hellen!

  • Jen says:

    Move towards peace/serenity and move away from chaos

  • Heather says:

    Thank you, Helen, for your show, neat, and now your helpful web-site!
    My son passed away years ago, and his room is still full of the things he loved as well as other storage clutter.
    I see now that others could benefit from his “stuff” and his memory won’t be lost. Love you!