The fact is we can lose 10 pounds (and more) by clearing the clutter from our lives. Clutter is anything unfinished, unused, unresolved, tolerated and disorganized. In today's material world it can add up fast and create an emotional and energy block that affects our lives in a variety of ways. Clutter can impact our ability to create a life of prosperity and well-being, and affect our health, relationships, creativity, spirituality and more.
Why is it that we hold on to all our "stuff" so tightly? The most common reason is deep seated in "fear", mainly fear of the future. You may even be thinking, as you read this article, that you couldn't possibly get rid of this or that because you might need it someday (even though you haven't used it in years). This is precisely the fear of which we are speaking. Holding on to material things that we haven't used for a long time, because we may need them someday, is a negative affirmation; a lack of faith and trust that you will be provided for in the future. This belief is actually creating that which you are most afraid; a future of lack and scarcity.
The first step to de-cluttering your environment, is to get to the core reasons why letting go is so difficult. Contemplate the following beliefs about clutter and ask yourself what your "stuff" represents to you:
- Security: My stuff keeps me secure and makes me feel safe.
- Habit or Inherited Pattern: This is how it's always been. This is how my parents (grandparents) did it.
- Evidence: My things are reminders of how I used to be, what I once was, how great things were then, etc.
- Unfulfilled Dreams: I need these things for my future dream, of which I haven't yet accomplished but might still do, someday.
- Sentiment: These items represent memories and better times.
- Represents Self-esteem: My things make me somebody and show I'm important.
- Responsibility: People (family) are counting on me to watch over this stuff and won't like it if I get rid of it.
- Worth: My stuff might be worth something someday.
- Environment: Throwing it away is bad for the environment.
The Soul Sisters
Soulspiration of the Week:
"A simple life is not seeing how little we can get by with—that’s poverty—but how efficiently we can put first things first. . . . When you’re clear about your purpose and your priorities, you can painlessly discard whatever does not support these, whether it’s clutter in your cabinets or commitments on your calendar.” ~ Victoria Moran