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2005: Issue 20

Clutter Mania

Another lesson from Hurricane Katrina & Rita & all other natural disasters before them…..in a mere instant, what we once saw as useful, necessary or irreplaceable is turned into rubble. The pictures we are now seeing are the vivid images of these piles of trash, comprised of items that are both easily identifiable and not, stretching for miles, creating one more problem for the communities of where and how to dispose of it.

Is it clutter or trash? Or are they one in the same? American Heritage Dictionary defines clutter as “a confused or disordered state or collection; jumble”, and defines trash as “worthless or discarded material or objects.” Seems some clutter can indeed by categorized as trash, yet not all.

Karen Kingston, author of Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui proposes that clutter can be divided into four categories:

  • Things you do not use or love;
  • Things that are untidy or disorganized;
  • Too many things in too small a place;
  • Anything unfinished.

When I see the coastal images, I see clutter, and am reminded of its power…. prevents you from seeing possibilities; takes up space; distracts your attention; hides things; makes things more complicated; saps your energy. Certainly, it is not very helpful in one’s pursuit of an ideal life, yet we often find ourselves living in a sea of clutter.

Using this list as a guide and the tragic pictures as inspiration, I have been de-cluttering my office and my home. Donating bags of clothes that I was hanging on to, just in case; re-arranging shelves and drawers making them not only more useful but also more aesthetically pleasing; moving furniture and pictures to an arrangement that I like; cleaning off my desk and my hard drive…. you get the idea. The results are numerous from the simple fact it is easier to pick out what to wear every morning to I can truly put my hands on that document easily without having to convince myself I know where it is in the piles on my desk. Best part, my mental clutter is diminishing.

I also just did the same for a physician’s office. As most are, a very busy one who recognized her office was un-appealing and not very functional – some might say an eyesore – and she had not the time or energy to do anything about it. Result, she loves being in her office and having an office that functionally works better, saving her time and conserving her energy.

In our current culture of busyness, it is easy to let clutter build up around us. We deny the health hazards that it can create, and just keep telling ourselves, we will get to it when we have time.

While it takes an initial investment of time and energy to remove the clutter, we quickly realize a return on that investment. And, we often discover those little treasures that we have been wondering just where they went.

1. Envision “your space” as you would ideally like it; commit it to paper, and take steps to create it.
2. Commit to getting rid of 5 things every day for the next week, challenging yourself to let go and create the space for the true treasures to shine.
3. Resist the urge to fill the empty space….see instead what it brings you, often on a “silver platter”, I promise!

ABOUT Extra Ordinary Living

Taking their learning from 20+ years in corporate healthcare, Janet Crawford and David Scheiderer, MD formed Extra Ordinary Living, Inc. in 2003 with an intention of helping physicians, other healthcare professionals and their organizations identify possibilities and opportunities, remove obstacles, and ultimately, optimize results.

Usually the first question we are asked, is why Tiberius? Our trivia friends usually can identify the references……yes, Tiberius was the 2nd Roman emperor, and yes, Tiberius is the middle name of James T. Kirk from Star Trek. One of our life mottos and business principles is “to learn from the past, look to the future but live in the present;” thus, Extra Ordinary Living.

As Executive and Professional Coaches, we are trained to listen, to observe and to customize our approach to our client's needs. We provide tools, support, structure and accountability to help our clients unleash their full potential and optimize results. There are so many reasons for physicians in particular to feel disenchanted with their chosen profession, their calling. Having a coach helps them get back in touch with their passion for being a healer.

The best thing about coaching is that it is all about you and what you want. We may share our opinions and give you advice, but it is up to you to pick and choose what you want to accept. We suspend judgment and will support you in your decisions.

As Professional Speakers, our messages are inspirational while imparting useful, practical and memorable information in a fun and dynamic way to help you in your pursuit of authentic happiness, and the enjoyment of deep life experiences.  

David Scheiderer, MD, MBA
Executive Coach

Janet Crawford, MHA, MBA
Executive Coach

Tiberius Rx ... written for physicians and those who love them, work with them, or befriend them, and want to explore, experience and excel in all aspects of their life.

"For the most part, we, who could choose simplicity, choose complication."
– Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.
– George Bernard Shaw


Nov. 3rd & 4th
On November 3rd & 4th, Janet will be the guest speaker at the Virginia Association of Medical Staff Professionals annual meeting providing the keynote address Afterall, It is ALL about Me, and a workshop, Leading with HEART

Nov. 10th
On November 10th, Janet will present a workshop at the Virginia Association of Free Clinics, Managing Yourself in Time & Space.