Clear Your Clutter, Attract More Business

Can it really be that simple?   Yes, it can!   As a business coach one of the first things I do with clients is help them identify where they have clutter in their business and establish a plan to clean it up.  It’s the fastest and easiest way to get some forward motion and momentum going. 


When you understand the laws of physics in relationship to clutter you can see where the problems lie and why this approach is so naturally effective.   Like everything, clutter carries energy with it.  The dictionary definition of clutter is a collection of things lying about in an untidy mass or an untidy state.  The synonyms for clutter could describe a zombie apocalypse:  disorder, chaos, disarray, mess, jumble, litter, heap, tangle, muddle, hodgepodge.  The word itself is actually derived from the Middle English word clotter, meaning to clot or slow down.    Does that sound like the kind of energy that you would want in your business?   Considering that “like attracts like”, the impact of clutter on a business can be highly detrimental.   At best, it causes stagnation or slowness.  This could take the form of procrastination or inefficiency.  It could be a struggle in building new business or retaining clients.  At worst it could actually attract the wrong kind of clients and result in negative or damaging situations.


For example, I have a client that came to me last year for help with a restaurant that he had opened 2 months prior—a new local hot spot. The restaurant had an up and coming chef and great buzz and marketing in the months prior to opening.  Unfortunately, while he was organized with the construction, the PR and the marketing (all the parts he enjoyed), he had put off the hiring process.   As he was getting down to the wire, he hired a team without taking the time to do reference checks or to orientate them properly.  As a result the opening process was very disorganized and scattered, putting a damper on things.   Within a short time, he started to lose staff and the ones that remained were overworked and disgruntled.   He was constantly putting out fires, the client complaints escalating and the once anticipated hot spot was quickly going into the gutter.   After identifying where his clutter was, he made the decision to outsource for help with the hiring and training and he closed the restaurant for a solid week to re-train the existing hires and get the new team members on board properly.  While he may have lost a week’s worth of business initially, he re-opened with a bang and has since quadrupled his business in the past year—and alleviated his stress in the process. 


Aside from the energy associated with clutter, it also takes up valuable space.  If you want to create more business you must create the space for it.  This can be done in one of two ways--you can either expand your space –maybe in the form of a new office or hiring new team members.  Or, you can open up the space that is already there.  If you expand your space without optimizing it, you are really just expanding on your problems and they will multiply like rabbits.  If you take the time to de-clutter first, you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can crack open the abundance in your business.   In the previous example, opening more hours or hiring more team members without getting things in order would have been a disaster and things would have quickly spiraled to the point of no return.


If you are a small business owner or a solopreneur, you are the lifeblood and the pulse of your business—quite literally.  The vibration starts with you!   If you have been struggling to build your business or want to go bigger, first take a look around you and see where you can clean up any clutter.  Here are some of my top tips:


1.     Start with your physical desktop and the space around your desk.  If you’ve got piles “neatly” stacked—remember, they are still piles and they hold energy.   For each item, action it, file it or throw it away. 

2.     As you’re filing things away, take a look at what you’re holding onto in the filing cabinet.  Do you see paperwork for the car you had 15 years ago?  Or credit card statements from 1990?  Shred old paperwork that you no longer need and invest in a scanner.   Check with your accountant.  I take pictures of my receipts and upload them to my Amex statement for easy reconciling. 

3.     Clean up your computer or laptop desktop.  I’ve seen some crazy amounts of folders on some desktops (and I might have been an offender myself at one point).   Again—action, file or dump it in the trash.  Or try a program like Evernote where you can easily save and find things. 

4.     Clean your windows.   Dirty, grimy windows are a subconscious signal and can be a reflection of the clarity (or lack of) with your business. 

5.     Clean out your inbox.   Sign up for a program like, which will get you off the lists you want to be off of and roll up all the other e-mails into one tidy daily summary. 

6.     Cancel any magazine subscriptions or sign up for the national do not mail list at to get off junk mail subscriptions.

7.     Check your credit card statements.  Are there recurring charges that you can cancel?  Things that you signed up for but no longer use? 

8.     Once you’ve cleared out the junk, create a symbol for the new business you intend to manifest.  I create blank file folders and label them  “client 1” “client 2” “client 3” etc.   As the clients come on board I place their names over the stickers.  It never fails—if I make 5 folders, I have 5 new clients in no time!

9.     Do a weekly brain drain to clear the clutter from your head---I like to take some time on Monday morning to get everything out of my head and onto one big list for the week.  From there I create my daily list.  The key with the daily list is:  only put those items on the day that must get done and that you are committing to doing!   Otherwise you are setting yourself up for failure from the start.  You can always add other items onto the list if you get the rest done.  It’s a much different energy to end your day with everything checked off than to feel like you didn’t get enough accomplished. 

10.   Don’t be afraid to ask for help!   If this list sounds overwhelming, take a step back and decide what you need to do to make it happen.  Try clearing a full day from your schedule or ask a friend to help.  Hire a temporary assistant or even a VA to help with the online things.  Remember the restaurant owner that closed his business for a week?   It was a short-term move that brought incredible abundance and peace of mind over the long term. 


Use the laws of physics to your advantage and the universe will reward you faster than you can imagine with new opportunities, new ideas, new clients and new business!




Beth Larsen is a former retail executive, a certified High Performance Coach,  Law of Attraction Coach, and founder of the Grow Your Abundance Group Coaching Program.   As a coach she works with business owners and entrepreneurs to help them attract more clients, more business and more abundance in all areas of their lives.


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