Clutter can block the positive energy and hinder your potentials to create a life you desire and deserve. Clutters not just exist in physical environment, but come in all forms including emotional, mental and spiritual, and obstruct the flow of abundance. In Chinese and Hindu traditions, clearing the household-clutters has a spiritual significance. The ancient sacred system of decluttering is a part of Feng Shui in Chinese and Vastu in Hindu traditions. Remove the clutter inside and out, if you want to enjoy an abundant new year. Here are some ways you can do it.
Decluttering Your Home Environment
The external environment has an impact on how we feel on the inside and vise versa. When we lack enthusiasm, feel unmotivated and down, it is often reflected in our surroundings, with things getting messy and disorganized. Neuroscientists have found that physical clutter in our lives can significantly affect our brain’s ability to focus and process information. Therefore get rid of things you don’t need anymore, and also discard the items you don’t want to carry as you move to the next phase of your life.
You might start with a bit of rubbish in the car or some pieces of papers lying around. Grab a trash bag and see how quickly you can fill it. Staffs may include cracked ceramic pots, water-damaged straw baskets, expired medicines and cosmetics, junk mails and single socks…dump all the items that no longer serve you. Do a room-by-room decluttering, rather than wandering aimlessly around your home picking staffs from here and there. You can also make a decluttering checklist to do it in a more organized fashion. Use your imagination to declatter objects that may seem difficult to remove.
Declattering is not only about tossing the junks in the trash bag or sorting the items and arranging them in correct order. Declattering helps us to get a better understanding of things that matters in our life. It teaches us to let go the attachment of things that are burdensome and no longer serve us.
Declattering Your Emotional Baggage
We all have emotional clutter…grievances, unresolved conflicts that interfere with our natural emotional functioning even we are unaware of it. Now this is time to let go the baggage attached to the memories of mistakes we have made, opportunities we have missed, people we have hurt, and all the events that made us feel bad.
Find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed for the next ten minutes. Sit or lie down comfortably. Close your eyes; breathe in and out deeply for five times. Allow your body to relax and mind to settle. Imagine with every in-breath you are taking in loving energy, and with every out-breath, all your sorrows are leaving your body. Imagine that every time you inhale, your mind and body is filling with love. You are feeling emotionally and physically lighter every time you exhale. You are releasing all your grievances, forgiving everyone that made you feel bad…. and filling that empty space with love. Imagine that you are loving and loveable. After ten minutes, softly open your eyes. Practice this meditation every day.
Maintain a gratitude journal. Everyday write three things you feel great about, and thee reasons why you feel good about them. You can include anything in your list, like your relationships, personal possessions, past achievements, anything that makes you feel good write them down, and express your gratitude for having them in your life.
To learn more about decluttering
techniques, you can read the book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying UP” by
Marie Kondo, a Japanese cleaning consultant who developed KonMari method, an
easy-to-follow step-by-step approach of decluttering, to bring lasting results.
Marie Kondo’s decluttering manual includes detailed guidance for every type of
items in the household that can help the readers to enjoy not just a tidy home,
but a clear and motivated state of mind that inspires.