by: Angela Sabatasso
One of the main causes of stagnant or blocked chi in your home or office is CLUTTER!
Clutter is a low vibrational, stagnant, and confusing energy that drains energy from you. Depending on the area of your home where the clutter is located, it can negatively influence and affect the following specific aspects of your life
1. Wealth & Prosperity
2. Fame & Reputation
3. Love & Relationships
4. Children & Creativity
5. Helpful People & Travel
7. Knowledge & Self-Cultivation
8. Family & Health
Reasons Most People Avoid Clearing Clutter: NOT because it takes time & effort But generally because it is stuff from our past that we just can’t seem to let go of and the thought and act of clearing becomes a very emotional process that feels like therapy, and it takes emotional stamina to do it. It’s a vicious circle…the more clutter the more tired you are and the more tired you are the less you want to clean it out and so on and so forth… Our brains can only hold 8 things in it at one time so having a life full of clutter can cause lack of focus & clarity which then leads to a gamut of other problems & ailments. GOOD NEWS is that once it’s done and you have an organized system to avoid its accumulation in the future, you will IMMEDIATELY start experiencing high energy levels, more clarity, and a heightened sense of well-being.
Finally, here are some tips that can help you maintain a home free of clutter!
1. Like everything else on your to-do list, "tidy the house" will only get done if you SCHEDULE SOME TIME for it. Even just an hour or two each day.
2. Have bags/boxes to hold items for recycling, donations, give-aways, yard sale or resale/consignment and garbage.
3. Go room-by-room. Start with the easiest and perhaps smallest room. Once you’ve picked a room, stick with it and complete it before moving onto the next. Remember that Rome was not built in a day so the clutter does not all have to be cleared at once but when you start you will not be able to stop because it feels so good!!!
4. Take everything out first. As you handle each item, repeat the organizer's mantra: "Do I want it?", "Do I need it?", "When did I last use/wear it?", and my all time personal favorite: "What was I thinking?". Clear out anything not used or loved. Under normal circumstances, if you have not used an item in the past year, then you will not use it again.
5. Clean each drawer, shelf, cabinet or closet before putting things back inside. Dirt is different from clutter. You will be less apt to place anything that is less than excellent in your now clean and fresh space.
6. Affirm to yourself: “It’s safe to let go.” Clearing clutter is about letting go and trusting the process of life to bring you what you need rather than keeping things “just in case” or because you don’t want to forget the memories. A good idea is to take photos of the items, make a scrap book and write a little description of what it meant to you…who gave it to you? This is a great way of letting go of the physical item but still feeling like you have the memories.
7. If you've been living in clutter for a long time, you might have a ways to go before it's properly tidy. Keep yourself enthusiastic about the process by having family and friends help out in the areas you feel comfortable with.
8. A word about CLOSETS… Ask yourself the following questions:
• Does it fit?
• Do you actually wear it?
• Do you love it or, if not, is it truly useful? Even if you love it, is it in such bad shape that you ought to get rid of it?
• Do you worry that it’s out of date? If you think it might be, it probably is.
• Can it only be worn in a limited way? Like a shirt that’s stained so it can only be worn under a sweater.
• Does it fill a need that no longer exists? This can be hard to admit, so press yourself.
• Get rid of an item of clothing if you describe it by saying, “I would wear that,” or “I have worn that.” Those phrases mean that you don’t wear it.
• If you’re saving clothes for sentimental reasons, or to hand down to someone else, or to wear to a costume or theme party, store them away from your active closet.
• And finally, be choosy; only save things that really deserve it.
• Have a place for everything (especially items such as keys, mail and important documents).
• Get into the habit of putting things away as soon as you've finished using them. For example, always put your keys back on their hook as soon as you come home.
• Make children responsible for clearing away their own toys, books, games and so on.
Posted on 02/28/2017 at 04:45 PM