De-clutter (verb) - to remove things you do not need from a place, in order to make it more pleasant and more useful. When you strategically remove the old, you make way to manifest more of your desires and welcome in the new. Feng Shui - the ancient art of harmonizing your surroundings – tells us that having a clutter free environment allows energy to flow more fluidly, not just through the space but through us.
My mission to reduce and refine started a few years ago with Marie Kondo’s best-selling book ’The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up’. The ‘KonMari’ method simplified = discard possessions that don’t ‘bring joy’, re-organise stuff that does, and fold clothes/fabrics in origami style (look at YouTube for the method).
Marie states ‘tidying increases good fortune…and dramatically transforms our lives’ – this I’ve found to be true. When you remove things that no longer serve you, you’re literally clearing the space to allow new possibilities in; you’re freeing yourself to completely shift your life from the inside out. De-cluttering can’t change who you are, but it can change your habits and the distractions around you.
I was always a bit of a hoarder - in the past I found it hard to say no to ‘stuff’, to the point that our home was over-flowing - did we really need two tables designed for a castle (yes they were made for a castle!) in our three bedroom bungalow? After reading Marie’s book, I enthusiastically emptied our home of at least half our possessions, it felt so liberating. At one point I got a little OCD with the process - I remember checking from room to room, looking for the next thing to throw out - ‘have I tired of this wooden spoon?’ or as Marie says ‘does this object spark joy?’ – watch out, simplifying can be addictive.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed if you’re surrounded by crap. Too much stuff can block you, and you can end up feeling stuck, cleaning up our act, physically, mentally and emotionally helps to free us from those stuck places and gets us into action.
A few tricks that helped me ~
While we’re not living a totally Zen life (Yet. He he), our home is a lot easier and quicker to maintain and we have more time for the important things. As for the manifesting potential (by the way, this stuff works)…straight after my initial clearing we received some amazing stuff, including finding a fabulous rock-star style holiday with private infinity pool and free car rental at an incredibly (you wouldn’t believe it if I told you) reduced price. Thanks to Marie for her wonderful book - I’m so grateful for our new sense of clarity and spaciousness.
As always, this article was written with gratitude for all the wise friends, family and mentors who have helped guide me this far ~ I couldn't have done it without you.
~ Now it’s your time!
With love and gratitude,
P.S. I hope you found this month’s journal useful, let me know if you were inspired to clear some clutter or if you know of any other clearing tricks.