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Life in Transition? You may need to SHED.

What is SHED?

SHEDing is a process for decluttering your life to make room for change. By letting go of the tangible clutter in your physical space and schedule, you gain the clarity, energy and insight to discover what's next. The SHED process involves 4 steps:

  • Separate the treasures- What is truly worth hanging on to?
  • Heave the trash- What's weighing you down?
  • Embrace your identity from within- Who are you without all your stuff?
  • Drive yourself forward- Which direction connects to your genuine self?

What is the difference between organizing and SHEDing?

Organizing works when you know where you want to go, but don't know how to get there. When you want or need to make a change, but are unsure of your destination, you don't need to organize, you need to SHED.

Think of it this way: if organizing is dropping anchor once you know what you want, SHEDing is lifting anchor so you can go some place new. Here are some additional distinctions:

  • You can be entirely organized and still need to SHED. A pristine closet filled with items you never use or an orderly calendar with commitments that only weigh you down can be cleared for something new.
  • It's possible to get organized without throwing anything away. It's impossible, however to SHED without letting things go.
  • While organizing has a clearly defined end point (e.g., you can organize your garage or home office in a weekend), SHEDing is an ongoing process that generates movement, and fuels transformation. SHED is another phase in the journey of living a rich and fulfilling life.