This article is about clutter… or, more specifically, getting rid of it. The fact of the matter is the more we have surrounding us, the more “baggage” we hold on to internally and the less functional we are on the whole. And conversely, we tend to hoard when we have certain emotional baggage or experiences we are unwilling to let go of. Much like clearing out the mind space, decluttering and further organizing our physical space allows us the freedom to move and be fully present.
When we declutter our environment, we:
- Increase the flow of abundance
- Let go of the “old” aspects of our being
- Appreciate more what we have – and bring in more of the things that we actually need once we make space
- Increase work, life, and family success
- Strengthen the flow of Qi leading to mental, emotional and physical clarity.
Best times to declutter from the outside in?
- The “usual”: fall and spring
- When you begin to feel emotionally, mentally or physically overwhelmed
- At or around the new or full moon (next new moon: September 20th at 1:29am)
Over the summer, I worked with a team member from Simplicity Organizers who “assists in clearing out the unnecessary in order to focus on what matters most.” What she did was take an inventory of my house, walking through each room, looking in each cabinet and assessing where we needed to declutter first. As many of you can guess, we did the attic and closets.
We spent an entire morning into afternoon sifting through unwanted, out-of-date “stuff” and removed it from the space. The process was time-consuming and laborious, yes. And by the time we were done, my front lawn looked like a memorabilia wasteland. But when we were finished, my husband and I felt cleaner, happier, more hopeful, and mentally clearer. Chad and I found that there were some items that caused us to tear up, as they brought up tough memories from the past. The emotional response was further proof that what we were doing was necessary for our own well-being – and it was helpful to have someone there, a sort of mediator, who could walk us through the process.
In sum, I recommend setting aside a weekend to focus on decluttering and clearing the house, opening up the energy. Saging or Palo Santo-ing afterward is suggested as well, and I typically carry with me a rose quartz stone to keep the chakras clear and my vibration high. Take these steps and you will feel 150% better! That is a promise. If you are making excuses (like I do), remember that it’s already “done.” The simpler, clearer YOU is already present. Just take time to re-find you.
If you would like professional help, another good website to check out (Carolina-based): www.carolinaorganizers.com. Another great resource? The book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo.
Happy cleaning, clearing and letting go!
Much love always,