It’s a beautiful day here today, it’s Monday, it’s a brand new week, I’ve been walking around with a heavy heart but today I’m filled with renewed hope. I wrote this article before the pandemic that has hit us all, and it appeared first in the March issue of The Inspired Guide magazine, here pg 84. Now that some of us or most of us are at home, if you haven’t read it already, I hope it will inspire you to do a little decluttering and get that Ahhhhhh feeling.I don’t know about you but I’ve jumped on the decluttering bandwagon and I love it. I’m in the process of decluttering and with every clearing I’m feeling more of that Ahhhhhh! feeling that fills me with lightness and joy, it’s magical.
I’m committed that 2020 is my change year. I’m more clear about what I want this year than ever before and that clarity has overlapped into every area in my life. Self-care, self-love, manifesting my desires and living in harmony with universal laws are my priority. And that means inner clearing, out with old beliefs that are keeping me from moving forward, as well as decluttering my home, making room for energy to flow, I’m ready for it all.
In the ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui, it’s believed that clutter prevents energy from flowing. Clutter holds energy so it becomes stagnant, and that can affect your wellbeing, cause mental weight, make your body feel weighted down, and you’re not living in harmony with the way of nature.
To honor my self-care, self-love I’m decluttering to gift myself a harmonious home, a place that elevates me and is in harmony and balance with my beliefs. Just smudging my home to remove negative energy is not enough, I need to create space to allow the flow of energy, so I can feel spacious and light and good when in my sacred sanctuary.
One day in a conversation with my son about this, he said that when he buys a shirt, he gives one away. WOW! I never thought of that. What a great idea, and how simple, buy something, give something away. This way the flow of energy in your home is constant. It’s always clean and airy and feels good.
So, here’s my plan of action:
Simplify and remove the overwhelm of decluttering. First, I needed to get real about this and find a method that works for me. Decluttering my entire house in one day, or one month is stress overwhelm. Instead, I do something every week. Whether it’s clearing out sweaters, pots and pans, or jewelry. This may not be correct with the experts, but it works for me.
Adapt a system. I love Marie Kondo’s system, declutter by category where you can, not by room. For instance, gather all your books from around your house into one pile and work on them all at one time. And then use her philosophy, when you can’t decide, ask yourself “does it spark joy” if not, give it away. And my mother always said, if you haven’t used it in a year you’re not using it now, give it away.
Keep it going. I’m following my son’s process, buy something, give something away. In this way you’ll always have flowing energy because you’ll never accumulate anything.
When we talk about self-improvement we don’t really think of decluttering as being a part of self-love/self-care, but it most definitely is, and OMG you guys, I can’t even tell you how incredibly amazing this feels. I feel lighter, more energetic it’s like a heavy weight has lifted off me. As I go along every week, not only is this creating space for ‘new’ in my home, but it fills me with a sense of spaciousness, accomplishment and joy – I love it! I’m empowered with a feeling of – I’m in charge of my life.
What can decluttering do for you?
Create spaciousness in your mind and body.
Create a sense of inner freedom.
You’ll gain greater self-confidence.
You’ll feel more empowered over your life.
You’ll feel in harmony with universal laws.
Living in an un-cluttered home – is magical.
Being surrounded by only those things that ‘spark joy’ – is magical.
And let’s face it, don’t we all want that delicious – Ahhhhhh – feeling that we get from a clean, clear, energy flowing space? And what about the feeling we get from knowing that our precious things that no longer serve us, are now bringing joy to someone else. A blessing back to the universe – Happy decluttering.
COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2020