“Clutter is not just the stuff on your floor – it is anything that stands between you and the life you want to be living. ” Peter Walsh
When I studied for my first coaching qualification, a telecourse on clearing clutter was included to teach us the role clutter plays in preventing our clients achieving what they want from life. I knew from my own personal experience how there was a strong link between clearing clutter and my ability to move forward in life and loved how holistic that course was!
Clutter can be the physical things we accumulate around us in our homes, cars and workspaces, along with the clutter we amass emotionally and mentally.
We have busy lives, with an overwhelming amount of tasks to do. Each task undone contributes to our clutter and zaps us of energy with the constant pressure of “I’ve got to get to…” or “I need to do…”. We have a thread of energy to each incomplete task, which constantly leaks energy from us until we complete them.
Once done, that energy no longer leaks so we are left feeling more energised with more space and time. I bet you’ve felt that familiar buzz when you finally sewed that button back onto our shirt, returned that book to a friend or took your old CD collection to the secondhand store.
Not only does your clutter diminish your energy, making life feel more difficult and busier than ever before, it also takes up valuable space in your life.
When you are at the doorstep of a new chapter in your life, or have the whispers of desire in your heart to discover one, you first need to look at your current life and see how much space there is to usher it in.
If you wanted to go on a holiday, you wouldn’t try and pack an already stuffed suitcase with more things for the trip. You would find an empty suitcase that has plenty of room to carry what you need and want for your journey.
Just like life – if you want to journey into new possibilities, you need to have empty and clear space in your life for the trip. If you’re life is overflowing with yesterday’s stuff (physically, emotionally, mentally) and you can’t “get it all done”, there is no room for the new to come.
When I started considering moving out of my share house earlier this year, I started to prepare by decluttering my belongings. Turns out I didn’t even need to look for a place, as an opportunity to move into a brilliant new place was delivered to my email inbox a mere two months later by friends looking for their next tenant. Bam!
So when I found myself sitting at the edge of another new chapter of my life, inviting in clarity for my business, one of my priorities has been to clear the space for it.
To assist me, I downloaded and devoured Marie Kondo’s “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying” this weekend. This book has taken the world by storm and I have been watching friends ‘kondo’ their houses for months and I was inspired to join the kondo converts.
Marie is a big advocate for the power decluttering and organising your home can have on discovering your true path. One chapter is even called “Put your house in order and discover what you really want to do”.
She has seen hundreds of clients change their lives by organising their homes (gaining confidence, quitting jobs, starting businesses, travelling, leaving and starting relationships).
One client of hers wrote “up to now, I believed it was important to do things that added to my life so I took seminars and studied to increase my knowledge. But through your course on how to put my space in order, I realised for the first time that letting go is even more important than adding”.
This is the central notion to creating space on all levels in our lives for new possibilities to emerge – we have to learn to let go of the past.
“You can’t reach for anything new if your hands are full of yesterday’s junk” Louise Smith
So I dove into letting go of more stuff this weekend.
Mainly stuff in my closets; the KonMari way. Which means anything that didn’t spark joy, had to go.
As I let go of each item, I consciously gave it thanks for it coming into my life and blessed it’s onward journey (Marie speaks highly of respecting our possessions and the support they give us).
Marie then directs us on a very nifty way of reorganising things so your clothes look as though you have a permanent retail assistant residing in your room arranging things neatly 24/7 (see exhibit A right).
I can feel the energy opening up in my life the more I clear my physical surroundings.
To assist with ushering in the new to my life, I have also committed to clearing my emotional and mental clutter by writing daily in my journal and using the Emotional Freedom Technique.
If you are looking for clarity in your life about what is next for you, I invite you to look at how you can clear the space for it as the first step:
- What clutter is taking up space in your home, car, workspace?
- What tasks have you been procrastinating on that need doing?
- What projects require completing?
- What grievances do you need to resolve?
- What worries do you need to let go of?
- What aspects of your past do you need to make peace with?
- What beliefs do you need to change?
Committing to a process of completion and emptying is one of the quickest ways I know to discover the clarity we desire. By creating space in your life, you send a strong, intentional message to the Universe that you are ready.
Love Mandie xx