Have you noticed that when you’re surrounded by clutter, you feel a sense of unrest?
When I am stuck on a project or decision my go-to solution is to declutter something. This isn’t me avoiding the work. Clutter can leave you feeling anxious, stressed, and even depressed. It affects your ability to focus, your sleep, and your anxiety levels. So when I take a bag of donations or sell something I no longer need, I feel lighter and better able to concentrate.
At every moment the objects around you are influencing you and effecting your energy field. So it is time to start being mindful about what you have surrounding you, and whether it is draining you, or bringing you peace.
Clutter is not just the things that we have around us.
But what is clutter?
Clutter is anything that is clogging your life, taking your time, or is a trigger for negative associations. Your life is dictated by what you have around you.
Decluttering isn’t enough to get you out of this space. If you go into it with just intentions of getting rid of “stuff” the piles will just build back up because you aren’t getting to the source. Just doing the "keep, donate, toss" method isn’t enough, when you declutter, it needs to be done to clear out old patterns.
These “things” that you just keep letting slip, and build up, end up becoming energetic blocks that prevent you from gaining the traction you need to reach your goals.
Ask yourself these three questions about the things, habits, and thoughts in your life:
Does this bring me happiness?
Does this add value to my life?
Am I being intentional in keeping this?
If an item hasn’t been used in the last year, you’re not likely to need it in the future. (Unless it is a specialty item like a tent you couldn’t use this summer or a ball gown that still fits and you still love.) That item has become clutter. Sell the items that have value, donate, or throw away the rest. Don’t keep clutter just because money was spent on it!!
Clutter-Free Habits to Start Today!
Start Recycling and Donating Regularly!
Tossing, recycling, and donating items regularly removes cluttered items for good. Make it a part of your routine to tackle these items as soon they become unwanted!
Implement a “One In, One Out” Rule!
Every time you bring something new into your home, another like-item must leave. This is extremely helpful for those that have already thoroughly decluttered and want to maintain the balance within their environment!
The Biggest Clutter Banishing Rule!
This one is a two-part habit, and it can make ALL the difference when it comes to decluttering! Have a designated spot for everything, and put things away after use! If everything you own has a place and you put it back after use. You’ll end up with a neater, clutter-free space for a longer amount of time!
Simplicity is our natural state!
If it piles back up you aren't getting to the source of the problem. There's always an underlying reason. Is stuff your buffer against the world? Your way of hiding who you are? Maybe it’s fear of the future, or clinging to a part of your past that you’re afraid to move on from? Simplicity is our natural state. Assessing these deeper issues, and working to find a positive way to move through your underlying issue of clutter helps bring you a sense of peace in so many different areas in your life.
I Challenge You to Re-program Your Mind!
When you take charge of the different thoughts, patterns, and routines you want in your life you can make them happen. Clutter and disorganization is a habit that has been accumulated throughout your lifetime. I challenge you to start making small changes every single day in your routine. When you start doing this your brain automatically becomes more engaged. It is up to you to make a change and stick with it.
This task can feel overwhelming and daunting to tackle on your own. If this is something you just can’t imagine being able to handle alone, reach out! We can come up with a plan for you to make a change that can effectively and positively change your life!