What tree limbs and pruning can teach us about home organizing

Updated: Dec 10, 2019

Those of you who live in the Kansas City area know we had a big snowstorm a couple of weeks ago. It was a very wet and heavy snow, causing broken tree limbs and power outages all over the city. My backyard was cluttered with branches and some large limbs took up residence on my rooftop. Clean-up continues for my family, and I sure wish I had a tree service out last summer to prune the largest trees in my yard.

In an ironic twist of timing, just a few weeks prior to this storm one of my clients likened organizing her life to pruning trees. I love this metaphor! I found the following definition online: “pruning: trim (a tree, shrub, or bush) by cutting away dead or overgrown branches or stems especially to increase fruitfulness and growth.”

Why take the time to prune?

Pruning takes time and energy, some money if we hire help for the job, and it can be a task we postpone because it isn’t particularly fun and usually doesn’t seem urgent. But if we neglect this job, eventually limbs become overgrown and crowded, the plant loses some of its beauty, the health of the tree is put in jeopardy, and at some point parts of it may come crashing down around us!

It is much the same with our lives. De-cluttering and organizing are activities that can feel overwhelming, not urgent, you think it won’t be fun and therefore find it easy to procrastinate these tasks. But when we have too much—whether it’s possessions, toxic relationships, or time commitments—our lives become crowded. A home or a calendar that is over-full loses some of its beauty, it causes stress that can put your health in jeopardy, and you might even begin to feel life is crashing down around you.

What you gain: the best version of yourself.

My favorite part of the pruning definition is “especially to increase fruitfulness and growth.” “Pruning” the excess from your life by taking an honest look at how you spend your time and what you keep in your home will open up hours, space and energy for the things that truly make you happy. You will be feel more peace in your life so you can enjoy your home, nurture the relationships most important to you, and grow into the best version of yourself.

If you want to discuss how to open space in your home, contact me for a complimentary session today.

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