As some of you might know, I have spent a lot of time moving in the last year.
Almost one and a half years ago, my husband and I decided that this would be the perfect time for us to move around (while our family was still young).
We sold or gave away a lot of our stuff and became entrepreneurial nomads. We traveled from state to state and sometimes to multiple locations in the same state.
Let me just say that it was one of the best decisions we made for our family. Our experiences went from horrible to fantastic. But all of them contributed to the kind of family, people, and entrepreneurs that we are today.
I learned a lot of lessons. I’ve decided to share some of those lessons with you through a series of post that I will be sharing in the next couple of weeks. I will relate all these lessons to how I’ve become a better entrepreneur.
Lesson #1: The value of decluttering
1. Throughout the time we traveled, we decluttered many, many times. This happened for various reasons, some obvious and some not so obvious. I wanted to talk about 3 of those reasons.
This one is an obvious one.
My husband and I had considered ourselves minimalists. We never liked having a lot of stuff and tried to keep our place just clear and uncluttered. And so we thought it would be easy to pack up and hit the road.
At first, we thought about buying or renting a trailer and using that to bring more of our stuff as we moved from place to place. But to be honest, that sounded like a pain. And expensive.
Instead, we decided to rent a storage unit and store anything we did not give away or sell in it. Then pack our car with anything that we needed.
We thought we did a pretty good job narrowing down what we needed and still having room in the car for all of us to be comfortable.
I laugh when I think about it now. We still had WAYYY too many stuff. We ended up having to pack and repack the car several times.
We had a hard time letting go of things we thought were essential to our comfort and happiness.
In business, you have to regularly sit down and reevaluate what you want to keep or get rid of. It’s not a one-time process.
If your business is cluttered with ideas, products, services, people, or goals, you will have a hard time having the ideal lifestyle and business you want.
2. We did not have the space to pack up all our stuff and still do our road trip the way we wanted.
After our first stop and when we were ready to move to the next place, we realized that we still had too many things that were still weighing us down.
Although we finally got everything to fit in the car, we realized that it was still too packed to keep packing and unpacking as we arrived to new places.
By then, we did not have an option to just put it in a storage place, so we just had to throw or give stuff away.
Regularly evaluating your business plan, marketing, goals, clients, and employees will help you to create space for what you need and want in your business.
Your time is limited. And it will go by whether you make a decision of what to do with it or not. And so take control of your time by actually making a decision. Declutter procrastination from your business.
3. We became less attached to things as time went by and we saw that the consequences of not having certain things were not devastating.
By the end of our trip, we had become pros at decluttering, packing, and unpacking our car.
And the most amazing thing? We were very much not attached to our “stuff.” We had learned the real value of what we wanted and what could best promote those things in our lives. It was easier to let go of things that did not fit with our big picture.
There were many things at the beginning of the trip that I could not see myself going without. We just HAD to find a way to fit it in. But when we finally got rid of them (sometimes very reluctantly on my part), it did not make a significant change in my life. Sometimes, it was relieving.
Sit down and figure out what is valuable to your business. What are your money makers? What’s leading you to your big picture? What are you holding onto that is more about you than it is about your ideal client?
Once you figure that out, get rid of anything else. This part is not easy. But if you declutter multiple times in your business (every 30, 60, 90 days), you will be happier and more successful than you were at the beginning of your business.
I love, love my business. I have become crystal clear about what I want. I regularly revisit my plans for it and for my life. That means I spend a lot of time decluttering anything that does not promote the kind of business and lifestyle I want.
In the comments section, I would love to know what is one thing you can declutter from your business today?
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