When people think about clutter, they usually think of all the stuff they have in their home or workspace. However, clutter isn’t only stuff that takes up physical space. It also takes up emotional space as well. Clutter in a room can be toxic to your emotional and mental well-being. Everything around you is energy. The beautiful painting above your fireplace, plants in your kitchen, and books and magazines on your coffee table are all vibrating energy. Just like positive and negative thoughts, objects around you have a vibrational frequency that either lifts you up to joy or pulls you down to frustration and anger. Clutter in your space absolutely affects and influences the clutter in your mind and vice versa.
If you really want to make life changes this year that will get you closer to where you want to be, first take a look at the stuff you have. It indicates where your life is at right now. If you don’t like where you are right now, decluttering is truly the first step to making a change. Getting rid of clutter can be meditative for some people and letting go of physical stuff can inspire new ideas that lead to some amazing creations during the process. The process of sorting through all your belongings and getting rid of what you don’t need is actually very freeing. Think of it as releasing not only physical baggage but emotional baggage as well. It can help you appreciate what you have and even make you realize how little stuff you actually need to be happy in life. Downsizing and living a more minimalist lifestyle can bring people a greater sense of purpose and contentment. It can feel like a heavy weight has been lifted off your shoulders as you live on less. Check out the TEDx Talk on A Rich Life with Less Stuff by “The Minimalists”
We spend so much of our time at home and where we live is very important – it’s a deep reflection of what is going on within. If you have a pattern of negative thoughts, behavior, or patterns, don’t discount how that connects to your space like a messy bedroom or a cluttered kitchen. By taking control and actively participating in transforming your physical space, you make room for new things to enter. A clutter-free home is the first step to making changes in your life, giving you the positive energy required to tackle any task, release what no longer serves you and achieve your goals.
Here are a few simple steps to getting your home free of things that don’t speak to your soul so that you can make life changes this year by letting go of the old so you can step into a new and better you.
1. Visualize your room
Pick one room to start and take a few minutes to see it in it’s current state. It may bring up negative feelings of frustration or disgust if you see toys all over the living room or stacks of books and clothes on your bedroom floor. Allow yourself to feel what you are feeling in that moment as you see the current state of your room. Then, take a deep breath, and close your eyes for a short visualization exercise. Imagine what it would look like and feel like if your room was clutter free and more organized. Do you see your books and magazines stored in beautiful display boxes on a free standing bookshelf or on floating shelves? Write down how you would like your room to look like and feel like.
2. Make a list
Sometimes we don’t know all the things that have piled up over the years in our home and we aren’t aware of what we actually have in each room. Pick a small area, starting with the easiest (a closet or even a drawer), and make a list of items in each space. If you are resistant, and keep putting it off, try setting a timer for an hour to start. Play your favorite music to get you inspired and pumped up. Then, dive right in. You just need to begin! One hour of decluttering can help open the flow of energy.
3. Sort your items
Once you make a list of what you have, go through each item and categorize them. If you go through your closet for example, put all your shoes in one pile, your tops in another pile, your pants in another pile, and so on so that you can see everything visually and can organize it easily. You can do this for small items that have accumulated in your drawer such as paper, pens, cards, etc…
4. Does it make you smile?
If you have clothes that you never wore or wore only once, do you keep it or toss it? If you don’t absolutely love it and it doesn’t give you joy, get rid of it quickly by donating it, giving it away to family or friends, or just tossing it. If you aren’t sure, try Marie Kondo’s advice -Touch every item you own and feel the object. Ask yourself if it sparks joy in you. If it doesn’t, toss it.
5. Give away one item each day
Give away one item each day or one item each week if tossing a bag full of old stuff every day is too much for you. You can make an impact by simply reducing your stuff one day or one week at a time!
6. 12-12-12 Challenge
This challenge if you accept it will help you quickly declutter and organize 36 things in your home. Locate 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, and 12 items to be returned to it’s proper home. This is a fun challenge that you can enjoy with your family or friends.
Once you have determined which items you absolutely love, makes you smile, and is a keeper, organize it! Use open shelves, stylish storage containers, display cabinets, nightstands, or multi-functional ottomans to store your clothes, shoes, accessories, knickknacks, and any items you can put away to clear out the space.
Try one or all of these ideas to help you start the process of getting rid of clutter. Reducing stuff you have that no longer serve you is so important because it helps the circulation of positive energy to flow through your home and more importantly through you. Think of clearing your space as clearing your mind in order to gain clarity. Once you get organized and gain clarity, you feel energized and motivated to tackle your next home project or goal, whatever that may be. If you need a designer’s help and touch to transform your space, please schedule a complimentary consultation here.