What happens when you clear your clutter?
When you clear out clutter it releases an enormous amount of energy and frees your life up to receive more of what you want. I used to work purely as a de-cluttering coach. You can listen here to some of my radio appearances to get a greater insight into the power of de-cluttering, straight from the horses mouth.
What is clutter?
Clutter is anything that is unwanted or unnecessary in your life. Things that hold you back and get in your way. Clutter does not just refer to physical ‘things’. You can have:
- emotional clutter
- email and electronic file clutter
- commitment clutter (too many things in your life that you have agreed to do)
- and although it may sound harsh ….. even too many friends that you no longer really have much in common with
How to decide if something is clutter
Sometimes it can be unclear if something is clutter or not but normally you can feel a negative emotion when you look at or think about the things in question. A kind of gloomy stuck feeling.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I love this?
- Do I need this for practical or legal purposes?
- What’s the worse that could happen if this wasn’t in my life anymore?
These questions help you to eliminate clutter from your life.
Why it’s sometimes hard to de-clutter
De-cluttering can be an emotional experience and that is because things are not just things. They have ‘meanings’ behind them.
That old tatty cushion is not just a cushion its the cushion your aunt gave you 7 years ago. You love your aunt so you associate getting rid of that cushion with somehow rejecting or disrespecting her.
That friend you no longer have anything in common with is not just that, she is someone you have shared many good times with in the past. You would feel disloyal and ungrateful if you no longer see her.
Those digital files you have that you no longer use aren’t ‘just’ files they represent hours of research and work. By getting rid of them you might feel upset that you ‘wasted’ all that time on creating things that you no longer need or see value in.
That second kettle you have put away is there because you feel it would be wasteful to get rid of it. You might need it someday. Possibly there is a fear of ‘lack’ there – that you can’t be wasteful because a time may come when your kettle breaks down and you won’t be able to replace it.
Clutter can be beneficial!
Usually if we are hanging on to things that do not serve us, whether its clutter, a belief, a habit, its because somewhere in our subconscious there is a benefit, a pay off of some sort.
- security – holding on to things can make us feel secure.
- sense of self – we have and buy things that give us a sense of identity. Getting rid of things can mean we need to re-evaluate who we are and what we want.
- sense of abundance – imagine going from a house full of ‘things’ to living out of a suitcase travelling from country to country. We attach meanings of status and power to the ‘things’ in our lives
So its easy to put off de-cluttering even though we know that the benefits would be immense. So you don’t clear your clutter, you build up more resistance and get more and more cluttered and more and more stuck. But it does not have to be this way.
Easy and gentle ways to combat declutter resistance
I have always taught two simple ways to combat that resistance. Both are easy, gentle and do not require huge efforts of will. They are even fun!
- Create a vision of what you want – Create in your mind a strong vision of how you want your life to be. Think about it vividly. You could write about it or even create a vision board. How do you want to feel in your clutter free world? What would it look like? How would it smell? This is a powerful motivator. Its something you can come back to time and time again when you feel bogged down with that clutter around you. It gives you the strong reasons why you want to change and makes it easier for you to do so.
- 10 minutes at a time – clutter is not created overnight and its not going to be cleared overnight. Taking small steps to clear it however can release enormous energy which makes you feel fabulous! Sometimes 10 minutes will be enough but on other occasions 10 minutes can turn into hours of energising clearing. It feels so good but be kind to yourself.
An important bonus decluttering tip – if in doubt leave it out!
Although being ruthless with your de-cluttering can feel amazing, if you feel particularly unsure on an item … WAIT. Its very, very common for de-cluttering to take several ‘goes.’ Its like the peeling of an onion, a journey of heart, mind and soul that does not always happen overnight. And that is fine. As long as you are happy and benefiting, having fun and it feels EASY – that’s what counts.
If you are serious about de-cluttering I have an amazing resource that helps you to get rid of your clutter. Its a workbook which eases you into your clutter clearing journey. I love it and its includes everything that I did to clear my own clutter all those years ago and how I’ve managed to stay clutter free. This resource has helped many people over the years.
I can hear you all now:
Help me get rid of my clutter Ali!
Follow the link to find out all about this resource.
I would love to hear about your clutter experiences.
Ali P x
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