Business Tips — Behind the Clutter

A series of Business Tips from the book:behind-clutter

Behind the Clutter: Truth. Love. Meaning. Purpose.

by June Saruwatari

One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  Do you truly want different results?  Then do something differently.
June Saruwatari

How often do we fall into the trap of doing the same thing over and over again — knowing it did not work the last time we tried it?

In my experience, I find that at times, doing the same thing stifles my growth.  Repetition is boring and uneventful.  Of course, there are times when doing the same thing that WORKS is appropriate, but that is not what we are talking about here.

Do you ever reach the point where you decide that you want to break out of the mold and be or doing something different — maybe bigger, great, more spectacular?

June explains that just doing one small thing differently can put you on a different path that can have long-lasting and significant consequences.  Mind boggling when you think about it!

Stay tuned for more about the journey behind the clutter…


…Grounding comes from within.  Are you in alignment from head to toe, from the inside to the outside, from the outer spaces to the inner spaces?… You set yourself up for success when you do this every day!
— June Saruwatari

I love this!

June encourages us to live our ideal life NOW!  Not when we get your new furniture, not when we make your 10,000 sales, not when everything looks perfect on the outside.

Too often, we miss the joy of today because we are looking for something in the future.  Love your life the way it is now!

June suggests uncluttering your living space so you are comfortable in it now.  I think this also can work with uncluttering your business, your office, and your products.  Clear out what does not work and move forward with what does!

Now, doesn’t that just make you feel free??


Discovering that the organization of space and stuff can lead to organization in the mind and heart propelled me to come up with even more system for my stuff and space that I believe have contributed to success and happiness in my life.
— June Saruwatari

Ah, this is so true for me!  When my space and stuff is organized, I feel so much freer, happier and successful in life.  But then, I am prone to organization.

My husband, on the other hand, does not mind living in (what I would call) a chaotic environment.  He does not notice the very clutter that drives me insane!  But, I suppose that is why we make a good couple:  We have a balance when we work together on our environment.

How about you?  Do you feel that having an organized environment helps organize your mind?  And does this contribute to your happiness or success??

Having lived with a creative person for so many years, I still don’t understand the feeling that creativity and organization are non-compatible terms.  What do you think?


What I have discovered is that often you may not know your intentions in having the stuff, not because you are not smart, aware, or even self-actualized, but because no one every questioned you in such depth — and most importantly, because you never asked yourself the truth about your stuff.
— June Saruwatari

Have you ever asked yourself why you are saving what you are saving?

Malcolm and I spend all year saving and recycling old boxes, peanuts and bubble wrap.  What may look like old junk to most folks, saves us a ton of money — especially around the holidays — when we pack and ship orders.

But, on the other hand, what stuff do you hang on to from an old life, and old time or an old belief?  If you have room for all the extra stuff, great!  But at what point does the stuff start to run you instead of you running your life and stuff.

I knew one old woman who could not bear to part with anything.  She was poor, living off a small pension, and was afraid to let go of anything.  She bought patterns for craft projects she would never make and hung on to years of craft magazines she would never read again.  When she died, the was a small trail in her house that led from the kitchen to the living room to the bedroom.  It was impossible to visit her because she had stuff packed all over any chairs or couches she owed.  I wonder what her kids and grandkids did with all the stuff she had in her house!

What is the truth about your stuff?


Today, think about your stuff differently.  Do you know which items you cherish and value the most?  Would you really be that upset if that item you thought was so important was gone?  What is the worst thing that would happen?
— June Saruwatari

My grandmother died over 30 years ago.  Since my father’s family was rather small, I ended up ‘inheriting’ some old pictures and a broken down desk.

All these years, I have been moving these items from place to place, only to store them.  I can’t seem to bear the thought of getting rid of them because, after all, they belonged to my grandparents!

So what would happen if they got lost, permanently damaged or stolen (I doubt anyone would want them!).  I am not sure I would grieve too badly.  After all, I did not make the decision to get rid of them — they just ended up being gone.

So what can I or you do to think of our stuff differently?  Get yourself a copy of June’s book and she what she suggests!


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