“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” -Socrates
I have to admit- I love decluttering. Its officially my favorite chore of all the chores life has to offer. It doesn’t mean I don’t love other areas of my life, but it simply means, decluttering(which I often call “refreshing”) makes way for so much more. Out with the old and In with the New always makes me happy.
A while back I wrote about simplicity and shared how simplicity is what led me to becoming more spiritual. Decluttering is essentially the main ingredient in the simplifying recipe, be it for spiritual growth or core immense happiness.
When I talk about decluttering I speak of it in the real physical and emotional aspect of our life. There are many aspects of our life that need attention. Like our house feels better, looks better, helps us create better when there is no clutter, the same goes for our emotions.
How to Physically Declutter?
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” ~William Morris
Physically I have a ‘six month no use’ rule. The rule is-If there is anything in my home or office that has NOT been used in even a minute way in the last six months, that equals clutter. If it doesn’t help me feel better, look better, think better….its got to go. Period. Yup, this can be a hard but freeing rule too. Hard cause sometimes, the outfits you love the most(but don’t fit you anymore) come in that very category or the food you love(but isn’t good for your health) comes up in that category. Its things like these that can get accumulated over time and drain us our energy-both physically and emotionally. The physical decluttering happens everyday here in my life space. I might have sentimental attachments to some things, but if that sentiment is a negative one…then it gets no room in my life space.
How to Emotionally Declutter?
Emotional decluttering is essentially the same as physical decluttering, except here there is no time frame. The rule is- If a memory or mental image doesn’t serve me positively its time to “let it go”. How? Well a simple way I use to remove emotional clutter is: to write that negative or painful memory on a piece of paper. While writing pour your heart out. Let the tears flow, the anger soar…no problem. But once you have finished writing it, tear that paper into tiny tiny bits and throw it in the bin outside your living space. That physical act of tearing the paper with the painful memory precipitates into your emotional being and starts the emotional decluttering, which ultimately leads to healing even the deepest and oldest of emotional wounds.
The above rules just thought of, can bring about a massive change in the way you look at yourself and all things around you. Just thinking ‘Declutter’ can make the energy wheels roll subconsciously. Once you begin decluttering, you want this beautiful feeling to be part of all aspects of your daily life too. You kind of develop this loving relationship with the simple act of decluttering.
Incase youre wondering how I declutter, here are a few of my decluttering ways:
- Self Decluttering—Good riddance to decisions that don’t support self-care, self-value, and self-worth.
- Decluttering with Others—Do the people in my life give me energy and encourage my personal growth, or block that growth with dysfunctional dynamics and outdated scripts? If they don’t support me as a loving, open, free, and spontaneous being: Goodbye!(lovingly)
- Decluttering emotional life—Out with stagnant patterns that no longer serve me.
- Decluttering work—Not only reducing the “clutter” of paperwork, inefficiency, and overcommunication, but also striving to create a balanced workload and make my work invigorating, inspiring, collaborative, and empowering to others.
- Decluttering nature and play—Seeing these as expressions of love and opportunities to fill your life with truth and joy.
Other than the physical decluttering, which is imperative to our growth, the process of emotional decluttering is one that makes us evolve into the self we were truly meant to be.
Now, if that means saying goodbye to some designer handbags, its a really small price to pay. Right? :)
Why carry all that clutter around when we can live free and happy?
I know from personal experience that MORE doesnt bring happiness. Infact MORE weighs us down and prevents our flight.
I want to fly- easy, light and free….dont you?
Lets dust our wings from that clutter bug and FLy….
Here is a positive affirmation that I use always : “Present Me is tired of carrying the clutter of Past Me and Future Me. I’m letting all that’s unnecessary GO.”
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Now its YOUR turn to tell me what decluttering does for you. How do you declutter yourself? Share your tips, tricks and amazing wisdom in the comments below.
With Immense Love & Gratitude,
Counseling Psychologist/Spiritual Counselor
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