Clearing and cleansing is beneficial at any time and has big advantages as we head into this brand new year. Often we can have too much clothing; books, magazines and house hold items around our home. This can unconsciously create negative and heavy feelings. If our ‘stuff’ doesn’t bring us a good feeling it’s best discarding it. If it’s not useful we can ask our self why we have it in our house. If it’s not beautiful or if it doesn’t bring a joyful upbeat feeling we can ask ourselves the same question.
“Get rid of anything that isn’t Useful, Beautiful or Joyful.” – Unknown
Clutter will often have a negative energy and will weigh us down, constantly playing on our mind. The sooner it is out of our life the sooner our energy will increase, when our energy is fresher the more positive and brighter we become. Once in this space we will notice our relationship with our self and others changing and our whole outlook on life will be different. De-cluttering is often something we put off, yes, something generally gets in the way and we easily slide onto another task and on and on this goes. When we connect with the benefits of doing the cleansing task the easier it becomes. Understanding the benefits in everything we do serves as a motivation, like a magnet pulling us towards it.
Some benefits may include:
- Less complicated life, being able to move on from ‘The Past’,
- More energy and time,
- Happier disposition improving our relationships,
- Good feeling with passing things onto others,
- Space for new ideas,
- Time to spend by our self or with loved ones,
- ……. and many more.
Tips to assist with the de-cluttering process:
Eliminate negatives – from our language regarding the cleansing process instead of saying “I’ll do it tomorrow” or “I don’t have time”. Tomorrow has a tendency to be imaginary and it never arrives. Use uplifting language like, “my life is fresh and bright, I have the time to cleanse and de-clutter my home/life”. “I look forward to the new energy I am creating for my life/family/self. I have the time to do 30 minutes every day, or I will focus on one room at a time.” Simply make a choice what it will be.
How: Chunk the tasks down to bite size bites – one box at a time, one room at a time, one cupboard at a time, whatever is easiest.
Get a de-cluttering expert in to assist with the process, they are fast, efficient and experts in working with people to move unnecessary ‘stuff’ from our life.
Let Go – of the attachment to the ‘stuff’ we have. By letting go we release it to be useful and supportive to someone else or simply leave our life.
How: Have a conversation with it; thank it for being in our life. Remember the pleasure it gave us, be in the moment with the memories. Wear or use it one last time and reflect on the memory. Wear the dress handed down from our favourite aunt, dress up and go somewhere special in it. Wear the scarf to the art gallery one last time, this creates the moment and gives us permission to ‘Let It Go’. Take the item on whatever journey will serve the purpose and let it go.
Take a photo of it and make a memories book or create movies with the photos to a favourite sound track. Take a photo of the child/ren with the soft toys and keep one or two from the many they have (the child could be grown up now).
Ask grown children to get their belongings from the family home.
Have a garage sale and do something the family wants to do, take a weekend break with the profits.
Give to the charity shop, the homeless or others in need.
Stop making excuses – As Nike says, “Just Do It”! If de-cluttering and cleansing is something we really want to do because we understand the benefits we will do it. When we make excuses 99% of the time it means we don’t want it badly enough and we will continue tolerating the situation.
How: Watch the words we use and turn them around into more proactive and positive language as it will support us in getting the job done. The words we use create the feelings we have and this creates our behaviour.
Place three boxes or baskets in a room; label RUBBISH, RECYLE & CHARITY. As we work through our ‘Stuff’ drop into one of the boxes, making it easy to remove from the house.
Once the task is done rewarding ourselves is Important. What will you reward yourself with?
Enjoy feeling the difference the energy creates for starting a new year.
“We must become the change we wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi