Clutter. It’s everywhere.
It’s in our homes.
It’s in our visual landscape.
It’s surrounding us at our jobs.
And it’s in our brains.
You may think it’s harmless junk, but I guarantee you that all of this clutter is holding you back.
How am I so certain about this?
Because I’ve seen how it’s been holding me back in all areas of my life.
Clutter blocks growth.
Let me back up a bit.
Three months ago, I read Get Rich, Lucky Bitch. To say that it changed my life would be an understatement.
One reason for such a massive shift in my life: decluttering.
Decluttering in the traditional sense of the word by cleaning out my closet, cleaning up my home, and keeping my office organized. But also decluttering in the less traditional sense of the word by clearing out limiting beliefs, emotions, and memories that are holding me back.
The act of decluttering has created space—both figuratively and literally—for new things to take shape in my life.
It has helped me fall in love with my home again.
It has helped me feel lighter.
It has helped me live with more intention.
It has helped me take leaps forward in my business.
But most of all, it has helped me see where I have been stuck and unhappy so that I can move forward and create a life full of purpose, joy, and excitement.
Clear the Crap.
Regardless of where you start, a little decluttering goes a long way.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
. Put pen to paper. There is something very cathartic about putting pen to paper and writing about where you feel stuck. It could be around money, business, or romance. It could just be a general sense of stuck-ness. Regardless of where you are feeling it, write down your thoughts and beliefs. Start with your most recent memories and work your way back. You may be surprised at what you uncover. I know I was!
. Clean house! If the idea of cleaning your entire house, closet, or basement freaks you out and makes you want to go running for the hills, you’re not alone. Pick a drawer, start with one corner of your desk, or set a timer for 10 minutes. And then do it again tomorrow.
. Computer clean-up. Not all clutter is physical. Some of it is visual. Why not clean out your email inbox, purge your Facebook friends (or hide the ones who make you feel crappy), and clean house on Twitter. By cleaning up your online space, you can transition it from a place of stress to a place of joy.
. Let it go. Sometimes you just need to clear the muck physically and energetically. Regular meditation, deep breathing, EFT, energy work like reiki or acupuncture, and/or a detox can do a lot to clear the crap that has settled in. By clearing it out on a cellular level, you are able to create space for new ideas, thoughts, and feelings to come in.
What are your favorite ways to declutter physically, emotionally, and energetically? Do you notice any shifts as a result?
Feel free to leave a comment below with your answer. And if you’re feeling up to it, tweet about it! tweet about it!
My favorite way to declutter is _____________ (fill in the blank). @emilylevenson
Emily Levenson is a therapist turned holistic health coach who has devoted her life to helping others rewrite the story of their lives and feel deeply connected to their truth.
When she’s not delving into the dark corners of the unconscious, you can find her writing about her journey to get pregnant, testing people for food sensitivities, or planning epic events with the women of Propelle.