It’s often said that the state of your home reflects your state of mind. I also believe the opposite to be true. Meaning you can change your space to change your life.
The best thing about approaching your clutter from this perspective is that you can intentionally choose to change how you feel.
The things you choose to own have more impact on how you feel than you often realize.
From an energetic perspective, clutter keeps you stuck in the vibration of your past and holds you back from your potential. It’s a roadblock between you and your dreams.
So what exactly is clutter?
There is, of course, the obvious physical clutter: the clothes you no longer fit, piles of paper, kid’s toys overtaking every space, not to mention the garage housing everything except your car.
But clutter often is more subtle than that. It’s the:
- stuff you waste hours rummaging through searching for your keys.
- items you keep out of guilt.
- broken stuff that you never get around to fixing.
- things that trigger negative emotions.
- clothes you try on multiple times but never wear.
- important conversations you’re too scared to have.
- stuff costing you money but not giving you any value or return on investment.
That’s not to say your possessions don’t provide great enjoyment or fulfill a purpose. It’s simply that keeping too much stuff is both a form of procrastination and a defense mechanism. Clutter can act as a buffer between you and the real issues in your life. It provides convenient excuses to avoid people, circumstances and most of all your own thoughts.
Never fear though, you don’t have to become minimalist to enjoy a clutter-free environment. Everyone thrives with a different level of ‘stuff’.
A clutter free home isn’t a perfectly immaculate home. It’s not even necessarily all that tidy. It’s a home that allows you to be the best version of yourself. It gives you the time and head space be more productive.
Less stuff = less stress, less overwhelm, and more joy, freedom, time, clarity and creativity.
So, before you go crazy Kondo-ing your home, take some time to think about the areas of your life which you want to improve.
By asking yourself the following questions you can easily decide whether to keep something:
- Does it add value to my life?
- Or, does it drain my time, energy and resources?
- Is it in alignment with the life I want to create for myself?
Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
- Hold off on replacing things or buying storage items until you’ve had a good clear out. It’s amazing how little storage you need and how many awesome belongings you have hidden away that you’ve forgotten you even own.
- Declutter by item type rather than by room. It keeps things simple and minimizes the chance of you becoming overwhelmed.
- Start with something you have little or no attachment to and work your way up to more challenging items.
- If you struggle to let go of things, try asking yourself: Who would this item be perfect for? When you look at what something can do for another person, how it can benefit their life and how happy it can make them it releases your attachment to it and frees you of the fear of letting go.
- Leave your wardrobe until last. My reasoning behind this is once you have decluttered everything else, you will have more clarity around your purpose and what you want your life to look like. This connection to your purpose will make it far easier for you to know which clothes are in alignment with the true you.
- Display the things you love where you will see them every day. Try putting a motivational quote or picture so it’s the first thing you see when you wake up.
Change your space by decluttering, consciously creating spaces and intentionally displaying items that are in alignment with your true self, values, and goals you’ll experience life on a whole new level.