Life Lessons You Can Learn From Cleaning Your Closet.

We live in an older home, which means the few closets we have are very tiny compared to ones in newer homes. I guess people back in the old days didn’t have much need for large closets… maybe they didn’t have much clothes. Today we have “collections” coming out every season and if you can afford it, you’ll soon amass a huge pile of clothes. Lately when I go to the closet for something to wear I find myself struggling to remove stuff off the hangers, as they’re so packed in there. You can only imagine how difficult it is when I do laundry and have to find space to pack things away.

It took about 1 hour, but I now have a closet with tons of space and though it was tough (I like keeping stuff), I got rid of all the clothing items I know I would never use again. Yes, I’ve been keeping some of these pieces for years, always saying that I’d wear it again someday, but in reality I knew I would never use it.

The few days that followed saw me use this approach to life in general. I took a closer look at all the websites I have, how much time and energy they were costing me and the income derived from them. Only when you take a closer look at things do you realize how much time you waste on things that’s not profitable. I’ve been on a mission after this, getting rid of the websites that just didn’t make sense having any longer. I can now safely say that I’ve gained an extra couple hours a day, with the time I freed up.

Take a close look at your everyday life and try to identify things that are like the unwanted clothes in my closet. Things you can trim and make room for more positive activities.

How can you apply this to your job search? Take your resume for instance. How much that’s on there is not relevant to the job you’re applying for? There’s no need to clutter your resume with certificates that are not related to the job requirements. If you’re applying for an IT position, highlight your professional certifications or designations. Show a link between your past work experience and your current career goals. If the information doesn’t serve that purpose, delete it.

Today I’m working on cleaning up my desk, you won’t believe how messy (is that a sign of productivity?) and unorganized my desk is. If my mouse wasn’t attached via a cord, I would surely misplace it, in this mess. I’ve already found notes I made several months ago on a great idea for a blog that could potentially generate some incredible income for me. I wonder what else I’ll find?

About Chris
With over 11 years experience helping 1000's of job seekers secure jobs they're now gainfully employed at, Chris is known throughout the industry as a career coach who genuinely cares about helping the unemployed. As leader of a team of international telecommuters he manages a network of websites within the career coaching industry, which gets over 100,000 monthly visitors and he's in direct contact though his career coaching newsletter, with over 30,000 job seekers.

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