I want to begin by saying that I am not claiming to be an expert in this field, but having begun the decluttering journey myself a few weeks ago, I can certainly see the benefits, and wish I’d set out on this journey with greater determination a long time ago.
There are many reasons why it is important to regularly declutter. Here are just a few:
- A cluttered environment reflects a cluttered mind. Whether it is the home or the work space, if we are surrounded by clutter then our minds are going to be constantly distracted.
- Clutter can hold memories and emotional blockages which affect other areas of our lives. Even if the clutter is boxed away in a top drawer or in the garage, it is still there, and by holding onto it, we can be unconsciously holding on to things in our lives that we would be better off letting go of and moving on.
- Clutter is a stagnant energy that constantly drains your personal energy. It can negatively influence, or even block the flow of energy in your home.
- The eye is drawn to the clutter, which doesn’t look or feel good.
- It can negatively affect our relationships, business, finances and even our health and sense of well being.
- It takes longer to find things and is therefore time-wasting.
It can be pretty daunting when you think about decluttering a whole house. Where do you begin?
I suggest that you begin by thinking about what is not right in your life right now, because for the reasons mentioned above, the environment we live and work in greatly impacts other areas of our lives. It might be that you want to improve your relationships, your finances, your health or some other area. By focusing first on the areas of your life you want to improve, you can set about the decluttering programme with greater motivation and clarity.
Once you have established which area(s) of your life you want to improve, write an intention about how you want that area of your life to be. Examples might include:
- I want my business to grow
- I want closer relationships
- I want to improve my health.
Next you need to pick a room to begin in. The bedroom can be a good place to start because we spend a third of our lives in there, it is where we relax and it may be our place of intimacy.
Set an intention for this room. You want it to be meaningful for you, but here are some suggestions for intentions for the bedroom, to get you started:
- The more I clear, the better I feel about myself
- The more I clear the more intimacy I invite into my life
- The more I clear the better I sleep.
Stand in your bedroom and ask yourself what area of this room is most crying out for attention. It may be a cupboard or drawer; it may be the space under or beside the bed. Identify that space and begin decluttering there.
You want to get rid of anything that you don’t love or use, and create beautiful, free flowing spaces.
Most of us don’t have the time to spend whole days decluttering our homes, but if you start somewhere, however small, you will begin to notice a difference. However much time you can dedicate in one go to this process – whether it is several hours, or just 10 minutes – allow enough time to clear away at the end. This is important, because you want to feel better at the end of it, not worse!
As you clear, repeat the intention for the room to yourself, constantly reminding yourself why you are doing this, and what benefits you are inviting in.
With each room, use this simple step-by-step process:
- Set an intention for the room
- Ask yourself “What area of this room makes me feel most uncomfortable?”
- Begin there, clearing away everything that you don’t use or love.
- Remove the rubbish away at the end of your allotted time
If you come across items that you really don’t particularly love or use, but are struggling to let go of, ask yourself what is the emotional attachment that you have to this item. Maybe someone gave it to you, or it reminds you of a time in your life that is gone now. You may find it helpful to actually ask the item – strange though this may sound – “Is it time to let you go?” Listen to the answer because you know it already.
You can either keep going in one room (even if it takes several days or even weeks) until you have cleared away all the clutter in that room. Or you can do a bit in one room, then move onto another room, eventually coming back to the first room to do some more there. Personally I prefer the later because I feel that I am making definite progress in the whole of my home, which lifts my spirits and motivates me to keep going. But it is a matter of personal choice.
The important thing is to begin, however small, and to keep reminding yourself of your intention for that room.
Step back every so often and congratulate yourself on what you have achieved.
You will now have begun a process or journey that can become part of your lifestyle.
Want more help with this?
Let me take you step by step through the process, including:
- an inner journey to get to know your Home Spirit
- being clear about what needs to change
- help with writing intentions that motivate and enable you to keep going
- encouragement when it all feels overwhelming
- support with letting go of those difficult items
- guidance to get you through the emotional and physical stumbling blocks.
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