It feels good to declutter!
I’ve always liked to do a deep clean and get rid of the things that I no longer use or need. It sounds a bit odd I know, but when I take the time to declutter, I feel as if a weight has been taken off of my back. Maybe it’s because summer is winding down & the seasons are changing. Or, maybe it’s because my life has shifted again. I don’t know why and it doesn’t really matter, but it’s time to declutter again.
Create new space
When I go through my things and remove the ones that no longer have a special meaning to me, I make space for the ones that do. I also make space for new things, experiences and ideas to come into my life. By getting rid of the old, I have space to change and grow into the new version of myself.
Life is full of change!
We’re always changing from day to day. Even though it may not seem like it, we are not the same person each and every day. Events and experiences change us and each day we are a slightly different version of the one we were the day before.
With this constant change in mind, it’s obvious to me that if we are changing, then what we surround ourselves with will need to change as well. Otherwise, you can be stuck in the past with the things that no longer hold special meaning to you. When this happens, you’re unable to move forward on your path.
So, this leads me to the need to declutter my life. I’ve changed and I want my surroundings to better reflect who I am right now in this moment in time and not who I was 2 weeks or 5 years ago.
How much do you need to declutter?
Sometimes my decluttering will be just a few things. I’ll go through one drawer or one room in the house and remove the clutter.
Other times this decluttering will be much more involved. I’m currently in the middle of a major urge to declutter. I told my son I was getting rid of whatever he didn’t take to school with him. Of course, I was joking about that, but I wasn’t joking about wanting to simplify and create a version of my surroundings that is in line with the current version of myself.
I’ve been working my way through the house for the past few weeks. Fitting this urge to declutter into my schedule means that I may be at this for awhile. But, that’s okay because with each load of stuff that I donate or throw away, I feel lighter and less weighed down by the past. As I let go, I find myself ready to move forward and I’m excited to see where this new version of me is going. I’m creating space for those new experiences. I’m freeing myself up for the next thing that sparks joy in my life.
Declutter more than just physical objects!
Remember, this decluttering doesn’t have to be limited to objects in your home. It can also be tasks or jobs that you do, friendships that have turned toxic or even all the emails that you have backlogged on your computer.
Decluttering can also be previous life experiences or traumas that have occurred. What happens to you in life will show up in your body if you don’t deal with it. Whether it’s something that happened to you as a child or the collective trauma that we are all experiencing during this pandemic. It will be stored in your body and come back out at some point.
Remember, traumas are stored in your tissues & not just in your brain. You have a choice whether to deal with them or not. You don’t have to carry those traumas around with you anymore. A therapist can help you to declutter them so that you can move forward in life feeling lighter and more at ease.
What I decluttered this morning…
During my yoga practice this morning, I had a memory come up from when I was in 4th grade. While it wasn’t a highly traumatic moment, it was something that altered my behavior that school year. It’s not something that I dwell on now, but the memory is still there. Obviously my body still remembers this incident. What did I do with this memory this morning? I let the memory & the sensations come into the present so that I could accept them & then release them. I got a little better understanding of why it stood out & what I wanted to do with this memory.
It’s a powerful practice to declutter things in your life that you don’t need or want anymore.
I think that it’s even more powerful to declutter life experiences that are holding you back in some way. You can move forward with more ease when you do. You can live your life more fully and with more joy when you’re not being held back by your past.
What’s showing up for you now?
Have you decluttered anything recently? How has it impacted your life? Have you noticed any new experiences showing up that you didn’t expect?
It often happens that the universe is just waiting to share new things or experiences with us. We just have to be open to receiving them and have space in our lives.
So, find a drawer that is long overdue for a deep clean and start to declutter your life and space today.
Don’t forget to spend a little time on yourself as well! I can help you with this if you need it. To learn more about the life mentoring that I do, click here. Or, schedule a free call with me to talk about your goals and we’ll work together to create support for you in this process.
Join me as I bring myself & my surroundings into alignment with the current version of me. You’ll be glad that you did!
Love & Hugs,