Did you know de-cluttering the physical space around you can give your mood a boost?
Feng Shui experts say everything in your home can store memories. Specifically, your furniture, walls, and even piles of papers "remember" everything in the form of energy. So, by doing some de-cluttering, you can get rid of all of that energy - meaning you can also get rid of any negative feelings and memories you may have.
Whether you buy into that argument or not, de-cluttering can give you some powerful benefits!
Think about it - have you ever felt worse after getting rid of a bunch of clutter? You probably breathe a giant sigh of relief whenever you clear out the junk and make your home squeaky-clean!
And, even if you don't think there's any energy involved, de-cluttering can be a cathartic experience. By getting rid of things you've been hanging onto for a long time, you can get rid of the memories associated with them. You may not even realize you've been dwelling on something, but once you get rid of the items associated with it, you'll feel better!
Bottom line - de-cluttering can get rid of the bad stuff and make more space (in both your home and your heart) for newer, better things!
OK, but this can be an overwhelming task. So, what's the best way to de-clutter your home?
- Look around first.
By walking through each room and looking around with a critical eye, it should be easy to figure out which area you need to tackle first. If you have a bunch of cluttered rooms, do your de-cluttering in small chunks. A list of small tasks is much easier to deal with than one giant task!
- Start with the easy stuff.
Clean off your kitchen table before you try to de-clutter the attic. By getting one task out of the way quickly and easily, you'll be much more motivated to tackle the rest.
- Be honest with yourself.
As you go through your stuff, ask yourself, "Do I love this?" "Do I need this?" "Do I still use this?" If the answer to any of these questions is "yes", keep the item. Just be completely honest when you're answering!
- Tap into the power of piles.
Divide your stuff into four groups - "Keep", "Dump", "Recycle", and "Donate". Then, follow through. Take your "Donate" pile to the local charity later that day and immediately throw away everything that's in the "Dump" pile. If you don't work quickly, you may never get around to getting rid of it!
- Promise yourself to de-clutter again soon.
If you go through things on a regular basis, de-cluttering won't be a mountain of a task. Instead, it'll be part of your routine that's easy to keep up with.
De-cluttering isn't just a physical act, though. Lots of us have emotional "clutter" that's preventing us from making the most out of our lives.
Things like unfinished tasks, being angry at someone, or hanging out with a friend who always seems to "take it out of you" are all emotional clutter. Because you spend so much time dealing with this clutter, you don't have any time or energy left to nourish your soul and refresh your body!
So, how do you get rid of your emotional clutter?
- Make a list.
Write down anything you've been procrastinating over and ask yourself why you've been putting it off. After that, determine which items on the list really need to be taken care of and which ones can be forgotten about forever. By setting a clear goal for everything (even if the goal is just to stop thinking about it!), you'll feel better.
- Stop worrying.
Worrying doesn't do anything to help you. It won't change the outcome of anything. All it WILL do is ruin what's going on in your life right now by clogging up your mind! Instead, use all that energy to think about what you want and how you're going to get it.
- Follow through.
If you promised to do something for a friend, do it. If you made a commitment to your son or daughter, follow through on it. Having a bunch of unfulfilled promises will only clutter your mind.
If you can't or won't do these things, be honest and upfront. After you withdraw your promise, you won't have to waste time thinking about it anymore.
- Make "no" part of your vocabulary.
If you don't want to have to break a bunch of promises later on, learn how to say no. There's no better way to build up emotional clutter than to take on a bunch of responsibilities you can't - or don't want to - do.
You also need to learn how to say no to people who drag you down. If, for example, you have one friend who always wants to go to happy hour and complain, stop agreeing to meet up with him. You'll be amazed at how much better you feel!
- Learn to forgive.
It's perfectly natural to be angry when someone hurts you. However, having all that anger inside of you hurts physically and emotionally. Forgiving someone doesn't mean letting them back into your life with open arms, though (don't confuse forgiving with being a doormat!). Instead, consider forgiveness to mean letting go of the memory of what they've done to you.
By refusing to think about how you've been wronged, you'll have more room in your life for good things. You owe it to yourself to leave the pain behind. When you think about it that way, forgiveness is more about you than them!
Finally, make emotional de-cluttering part of your regular routine. Even though you won't see it pile up like the physical clutter does, you'll feel so much better once it's gone!
In his book You Were Born Rich, well-known self-development author and speaker Bob Proctor refers to "the vacuum law of prosperity", about which he writes:
"... if you sincerely desire to receive something which is new, you must first make room for it by ridding yourself of that which is old."
Calling it "an ironclad law of life".
Now, I don't know if that's really true or not, it's certainly not something Mr. Wattles addressed in his writings, however, personal experience tells me it may well be, or so it seems.
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