Updated: Nov 8, 2021
Bags of shredded paper from de-cluttering the office
Listening to a talk last week about de-cluttering was a timely reminder to look at de-cluttering my home environment.
We know it is highly beneficial to un-clutter the mind of the negative self-talk, beliefs and behaviours yet we forget to look at our physical environment letting it become congested with things we don’t use or even ‘see’ leading to stagnate energy.
As we are energetic beings, it is like attaching a block of concrete to our feet, and expecting to walk normally. The blocked energy can cause ill health, problematic relationships and disruptive family lives.
They say change is as good as a holiday, and that is very true when it comes to de-cluttering.
Releasing the old stagnant energy has a massive impact on how you feel about your environment. You are less stressed, have better sleep, experience fewer disagreements, and are more relaxed.
I certainly noticed a difference in my energy and the energy in my home office when I had a grand sort out of the old paperwork and unnecessary technical equipment I had accumulated over time.
It took quite a chunk of time and energy, especially deciding what was necessary to keep. Although I am pleased to say most of the paperwork was thrown out, the two bags in the photo are of what had to be shredded. I did recycle a considerable amount of non confidential paperwork.
My efforts are going to continue as I still have more to go through, but what has been done has left me with a cleaner fresher environment I have more room and I feel more energised in my home and business.
I am not a hoarder so I found it easy to sort out what I had, but if you like to retain things… just in case it can be traumatic letting go of stuff. So I would suggest you call upon a friend or two to help you sort things out.
Or if necessary bring in a professional. There are plenty of individuals who love to de-clutter who provide a helping hand when you need them.
If you don’t know where to start try The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up: the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organising by Marie Kondo.
I know several people who have read the book and highly recommend it, although it is written from an Eastern perspective where they don’t have the space to store much. they tend to tackle everything in one go which might be a bit of a challenge based on how much we like to keep.
You may have an attachment to certain items and struggle to let them go, this is fine. But if the attachment is holding you back, then un-cluttering your mind before the de-clutter will be beneficial as often we give meaning to things that are unhealthy and confining.
Uncluttering your mind, gives you space to let in new ideas and opportunities as well as releasing past traumas whereas, de-cluttering your environment provides room to be open to receiving positive energy into your life.
Have fun, don’t forget to celebrate your successes, and be kind to yourself as you go through your thing. DON’T beat yourself up if you have purchased things which you have never used or worn. Just be aware that emotions control your spending habits.