Clutter interferes with our life in many different ways. Regardless of the type of clutter—physical, mental or emotional—it creates a barrier between us and our natural flow. When clutter clogs up our life, we pay the price. If you’re feeling particularly stuck right now it could be time for a major de-clutter fest.
Types of clutter
The body. If we have a cluttered body that essentially means that we are stuffing our veins, arteries and other pathways with debris. This can happen with too much alcohol, fried foods, or processed food with chemicals and additives. When we’re cluttered in the body things don’t flow—maybe we’re constipated or we have high blood pressure. Live by the basic rules of health to de-clutter: water, fibre, exercise. These guidelines may seem overly simplistic but if we don’t have the foundation, we don’t have the house, am I right?
What to do?
Drink more water—carry a water bottle or leave water at your desk; always have a reminder that you need to drink water; eat watery foods such as celery, watermelon, cucumber, soups
Eat more fibre—get this from your foods; the best sources are beans, fruits and vegetables (with the skin) and whole grains (whole wheat, kamut, rye, or quinoa)
Exercise—even walking is an excellent way to move the body and help it to process anything that is clogged or cluttering your system
The environment. When your office desk is hidden under ten years of old files and papers, topped off with gum wrappers and broken paperclips you are living in a cluttered environment. If your closet is a health and safety hazard you are living a cluttered environment. This creates anxiety, stress and overwhelm. You look at the mess and are paralyzed. This is clogging your flow.
When our thoughts are recurring, relentless and negative our mind is cluttered. If you play the same unhappy scenarios in your head over and over again your mind is cluttered. This creates stress, anxiety and a heavy negative tone to your life. It blocks the positive, flowing energy from blowing breezes through your thought passages.
What to do?
Write down the recurring thoughts in your journal. Beside each one say or write—I accept you, I bless you, I forgive you. This level of awareness and acceptance helps to dissolve the need for those thoughts to loop around in your head. You are bringing light to them. Do this for every thought that comes up repeatedly.
If we have repeated emotional experiences on a playback loop we may have a cluttered heart. Maybe your goto feeling is frustration or loneliness or anger. Maybe all you can feel is: nothing. This is a sign that your heart is clogged. The myriad of emotional nuances available to you are waiting outside the wall of clutter. The clutter is your old, stale, repeated emotions.
What to do?
In the same way as the thoughts, write down your repeating emotions. Write the same or say the same phrases for each emotion—I accept you, I bless you, I forgive you. You are again bringing light and awareness to them. Sometimes all you need is acknowledgement and awareness. The emotional awareness is more of a process but you may be surprised what you can unclutter in a short period of time.
Try these de-cluttering activities for all aspects of your life and you’ll be amazed at how much lighter, more vibrant and fluid you will feel! During the change of seasons is an excellent time to embark on this journey as the energy of transition is also gently helping the process. Happy de-cluttering!
If you have any tips for de-cluttering comment below so we can all learn from each other.