Is it time to clear the clutter? Learn why it’s important to live in a clutter free environment – to decrease the overload and increase your happy factor!
Don’t own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire – Wendell Berry
Are you surrounded by clutter at home or at work? I’m a great believer that it isn’t just the people around you that can raise your spirits or bring you down. Perhaps you have noted that when you do a spot of spring cleaning, clear out cupboards, chuck away the rubbish, release the clutter and give away or dispose of what you no longer need, you simply feel lighter and brighter. Life feels easier. There’s a sense of divine order around you.
Why it Helps to Clear the Clutter
Simply put, if your environment is cluttered, then it’s likely that your life is cluttered with negative thoughts and unhelpful beliefs – never mind the all-too-frequent trip hazards. It’s interesting to notice how much easier it is to fall into a sense of overwhelm when surrounded by piles of ‘stuff’. If you want something new and wonderful to come into your life – you need to make room for it.
Clear the Clutter – One Piece at a Time
There’s no point in clearing your inner energy and not clearing your outer environment. By tidying up both you create calm on the inside and outside. Make your surroundings work for you by turning them into a welcoming sanctuary instead of an unwelcome mess. Do the work one bit at a time. You can do this by sorting out one drawer, one cupboard, or one closet at a time.
Alternatively, you can sort out by categories,. For instance go through the house to find every item of clothing and sorting through each piece before moving onto other items (such as books, cooking utensils, DVDs, etc.) until all the clothing has been organized. Keep what makes you feel fabulous, sell what you can, donate what might be useful to others, and recycle the rest.
Ask Yourself – Does this Spark Joy in Me?
I’m a huge fan of Marie Kondo, who wrote The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Not only because she has some awesome ideas for using the space around you to its best advantage, but also because she recognizes the wonderful effect that a tidy home has on the soul. She has an exceptional piece of advice regarding clearing clutter, which is to take each item, hold it up and ask yourself does it spark joy within you? If it doesn’t, thank it for its service in the past and move it on – with love – out of your life.
Purging brings joy. Everything becomes clearer, cleaning becomes a doddle and making decisions (such as what to wear) becomes easy. A clear environment creates a clear mind, yet it goes much deeper than that. The simple act of continually asking yourself if the item you’re holding up to the light brings you joy reinforces your ability to make decisions.
Decide what You Want in Your Life
As they say, practice makes perfect. The more you practice making decisions about what you want in life, the easier they are to make. But more than this, arranging an environment around you that’s easier to reside in isn’t just about tidy cupboards or clean floors. It’s also a spiritual practice that demonstrates to the Universe that you are willing to do the work and clear out what no longer works for you.
Remember, the Universe is always eavesdropping on what you say, think and do. When you show it that you can decide what you need in your life, that you’ve clarified what you no longer require around you, then you open the communication channel for the Universe to be clear on what to deliver to you.
Chant the Switchwords – 'Divine-Order'
And, as you clear, chant the switchwords ‘Divine-Order’ to help you along. You’ll find these help to make clearing the mess less of a chore, plus you’ll feel more inspired to unhook from what is draining you.
Enjoy creating space for wonderful new experiences to enter your world.
I’d love to hear your clutter clearing magic stories or comments – please let me know the results of your declutter!
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