You’re Ready to Clear Clutter!
Thank you for joining me for this extra, deep dive into Clutter!
Every day I am going to share with you something interesting to go along with the clutter clearing quest.
I’m going to give you a little heads up on what’s happening in each of the days we are going to focus on. First off, I have a whole heap of information on Clutter, which I hope will give you insight to why I am doing this. Second, I have some things for you to do, and welcome you to give it a go!
Join me in my private Facebook Group; Clarity, Courage, Change to get in touch with me. At this time, I won’t be able to answer personal emails/messages, but believe am setting up the energy in the group to be one of support and confidentiality.
- Information on Clutter
- Questions to answer in your journal
- Today’s Challenge
Some Interesting Information on Clutter
Clutter is an accumulation of things that impede the flow of energy in the home and in your life. Clutter is sometimes tied to identity. It can make a statement about who you are and can represent aspects of your life.
More isn’t better. Studies show that we are not happier, healthier, smarter, or more loving as result of our stuff. We are in a super-sized society, and our homes are super-sized with stuff. Clutter clearing, as a physical activity, is a valuable exercise; when you do it, there’s less stuff to care for, clean, and trip over. However, in a deeper sense, clutter clearing can be an empowering exercise. There comes a point where material objects begin to crowd out our emotional needs.
Clutter affects the flow of life-force energy throughout your home, and it can bring the entire home energy down. It’s easy to feel bogged down and tired in an environment that is bogged down with stuff. In addition, clutter is often connected to emotional issues from your past. Your energy goes down every time you walk by that piece of clutter that subconsciously reminds you of a failed marriage, a lost dream, a family member that judges you, or a wrong life choice.
There are strands of energy connecting you to every object that you own. If there are negative associations connected to your clutter, these energy strands drain your life-force energy and cause it to congeal and clog.
- Make you feel tired. Research has been shown that people in a cluttered home often feel more exhausted than those who are in an uncluttered home.
- Give you a feeling of being overwhelmed
- Make you feel poor
- Make you feel disorganized and/or like a failure
- Limit you. (Think of all the things you could do if you weren’t taking care of all your possessions.)
- Create chaos in life
- Can be depressing
- Make you feel physically and emotionally heavy; might even manifest as excess body weight
- Can make you feel as though it’s difficult to breathe and can make you feel exhausted
- Keep you emotionally bound up with the past and the future, so you can’t stay in the present
- Make every task take longer
- The list can go on …
Neuroscientists at Princeton University found that clutter, and an excess of things in your surroundings, can have a negative impact on your ability to focus and process information. They looked at people’s task performance in an organized versus a disorganized environment, and the results of the study showed that physical clutter in your surroundings competes for your attention, thus resulting in decreased performance, increased stress, and a diminished ability to focus.
Some Interesting Facts about Clutter
- The wealthy tend to have clear homes with not a lot of stuff in them.
- Usually the higher up in management the job is, the less clutter there is on the desk.
- IKEA did a survey of customers in which 31% reported that they were more satisfied after clearing out their closets than they were after sex.
- Cleaning professionals say that getting rid of excess clutter would eliminate 40% of the housework in an average home. – National Soap and Detergent Association
- Most people only wear 20% of the clothes in their closet. – The Wall Street Journal
Questions to Answer Today
- Decide what results you desire. What is your intention? In other words, why do you want to clear your clutter? What do you think you will gain in life by doing it?
- If (and this is a big if!) there was a fire, flood or some kind of disaster that could ruin everything you owned: What three things would you want to rescue or keep? Why?This is a powerful question to ask yourself. It can bring deep insights into your clutter.
In your hallway, or entrance area of your home have a “surface clean”.
Put things away, get rid of rubbish, and have a general clear out.
How much time do you have? If you have 30 minutes, then spend 15 minutes sorting out and the other 15 minutes putting things away.
Most importantly, don’t stress – have some fun as you do it.
Why have I selected the Hallway/Entrance of your Home?
This is where energy will flow into your home, especially when you open the door. Imagine good vibes coming into your home, but they can’t get very far because they get caught up in all the things there. This will help you move on, and give you a good feeling when you get to the rest of the challenges coming up!