“Clutter is the physical manifestation of unmade decisions fueled by procrastination.” — Christina Scalise

Are you feeling overwhelmed and anxious?

Do you feel uncertain, and you are struggling to regain control?

Consider that your external state is a reflection of your internal state.

Yes, a cluttered car could mean a cluttered mind. Likewise, a disorganized desk could be a reflection of overwhelm and stress.

This week in UnstoppableMindset, I sat down with Engagement and Impact Strategist Matt Gil to discuss why our car, office, and closets may be a clue to our emotional state. Learn why we often feel better after cleaning our house, decluttering a drawer, or even fixing that dent in the wall.


“I set the temperature of the room I move into!” – Matt Gil.

Clutter is clutter- whether it’s your physical space or your mental space, the truth is that clutter will drain our energy, crowd our space, and get in the way of moving forward.

The environment we surround ourselves with is often a direct expression of where we find ourselves emotionally, spiritually, and financially. Excessive clutter is often both the symptom and the cause of feelings such as stress, anxiety, overwhelm and even despair. It can impact your money, time, relationships and wellbeing.

Have you ever found it challenging to be present in a messy, disorganized room? So often, being surrounded by extra stuff pulls our energy and distracts our minds. Yet, the simple act of clearing things out can restore the flow of energy, creating new space for ideas and opportunities to flow.

I can always tell my internal state of mind by my external environment. For example, if my office is a mess, it often reflects that I am overwhelmed or hold onto negative feelings caused by unresolved issues. Interestingly the simple act of cleaning my office also creates the space and time to think, work through, let go and get things resolved.   


 “We are what we repeatedly do.” -Aristotle.

Over the years, I have learned that the best way to maintain a healthy internal and external environment is to create morning and evening routines and rituals. So often, people think of routines as rigid and restrictive. On the contrary, I believe structure creates freedom.  Predictable, repetitive practices that determine how we open and close out each day are critical for maintaining a healthy and orderly environment.  For example, routinely clearing out your physical environment and taking time to journal on unresolved issues is calming and can help reduce anxiety while allowing you to feel grounded and balanced.  

So, what’s in your trunk? Leave a comment and let us know if your physical environment reflects or creates your emotional state.