Declutter Your Life Today

Posted by Anna Gold, M.S.W., R.S.W. on July 3, 2019 at 11:11 AM
Anna Gold, M.S.W., R.S.W.
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De-clutter your life with 9 questionsDo you crave more simplicity?
Do you wish for more time to engage in things you love or be with someone for whom you haven't had the time lately?
Perhaps it is time to "declutter your life".

Some pertinent questions provide a starting point in assessing how to declutter:
  1. Will you ever use this item again?

  2. Does this item bring you pleasure?

  3. How do you envision your personal space?

  4. Are these things useful now or might they be useful, truly, in the future?

  5. Is there another way you can hold on to the memory of this person instead of keeping their stuff?

  6. Is there a place you can put this that does not take up physical space in your home?

So, with a big breath and a pause, we might choose to take a similar inventory of ourselves and our lives as we do with our homes:
  1. What is the vision you have of your relationship with yourself and with others, and of how you spend your time and energy?

  2. Which connections enrich you and which drain you, and of these which are obligations and which can you release?

  3. What activities continue to bring you pleasure and reward? Which activities detract from your vision?

  4. Are there friendships or relationships in which you are involved where the balance is more discomfort than pleasure?

  5. When is it time to say ‘goodbye’ to relationships and activities not serving your vision?

  6. What do you truly value and what do you not value, and yet find yourself continuing to do?

  7. Where do you really wish to expend your energy?

  8. What have you been wishing and waiting to do for some time, telling yourself there isn’t enough time?

  9. What are the things that you allow to distract you from making choices that support your vision?

We hope these tips on decluttering can help you efficiently use your time and get back to the business of living your life more fully.

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Anna Gold, M.S.W., R.S.W. - Imago Relationships North America

This blog post was written by Anna Gold, M.S.W., R.S.W

Anna Gold earned her Master’s in Social Work in 1988 from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. Her first degree, from York University in Toronto, was in English Literature, with a love of language and stories drawing her more deeply into understanding how we make sense of our lives. The way in which we perceive and understand our own ‘stories’ became of critical importance to Anna in the work of personal and relational growth. Her combined passion for both clinical work and literature has greatly influenced her work as a therapist.  

After her graduate studies, she continued her accreditation in the areas of Transactional Analysis, Trauma therapy, and Relationship Therapy. Anna works with the belief that it is in the depth of human connection that real understanding and healing can occur. Discovering a passion for working with couples and deeply appreciating the theory which connected her passion for inner work and relational work, Anna became a certified IMAGO therapist and subsequently an Imago Workshop Presenter. 

As a lifelong resident of Waterloo Region, Anna has devoted her practice to this region. She has taught in the area of clinical skills in social work, has managed counseling services for the Brantford campus of Wilfrid Laurier University, and has worked in child welfare in protection, adoption, and fostering. Anna also provides consulting support to small business owners as well as not for profit organizations to support the improvement of communication skills and business practices. Anna is a clinical supervisor for therapists who are committed to the understanding that increased self-awareness, personal growth, and self-reflection are critical components of clinical competency.

For over three decades Anna has maintained her passion for her private practice at Southern Ontario Counselling Centre. 

Anna has appeared on TV in her professional capacity as a therapist. She is also the author of articles published in various journals and online forums/blogs. You can find Anna’s reflections in her newsletter and on her website at Southern Ontario Counselling Centre, as well as in her upcoming website Replenish Relationships and through Imago Relationships North America.

Topics: Eliminating Negativity, Decluttering Your Life, Self Care, Stress Relief, Mental Fitness, Tidying Up, Adulting, Self Love, family therapy, personal growth

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