Clear your clutter, Heal your heart
Updated: Nov 23, 2019
Where are you right now? Look up for a moment from whatever device you’re reading this on and look around…do you see clutter anywhere?
Do you have clutter impeding your space in your home? In your car? In your office?
Have you gotten so used to seeing the clutter you don’t even notice it anymore? Maybe it used to bother, but now you’ve become immune to it…so you think.
Just because you get used to seeing clutter doesn’t mean it stops affecting your well-being, mental health or your nervous system. Whether you’re aware of it or not, it’s negatively affecting you, causing and compiling stress.
What if I told you there was a way to eliminate stress in your life?
Well, there’s a lot of things we can do to eliminate stress and clearing your clutter is one of them.
Here’s the thing though, you can have all the systems, ideas, DIY’s, tools, tips and tricks in the world for organization and systemization, BUT no matter how good all of those things are, if you don’t actually use the system, it’s not going to work.
You need to find what works for you, what fits, what feels good and what will be sustainable for you to maintain.
Having a clear, clutter free and organized external space immediately translates into a calm and soothing internal peace.
Sounds lovely doesn’t, but maybe you don’t think it’s realistic for you, your family or your lifestyle.
But it is!
The number one reason physical clutter collects, grows and seems to take on a mind of its own is because those things don’t have a place, a “home”, to go to. So you throw it on the counter, stuff it in a closet, garage, basement, attic or spare bedroom.
Simple solution to clear your clutter
Clutter can be cleared, organization can be maintained if…
Everything has a place and there’s a place for every thing.
If you don’t have a place for it, if there’s no space for it, then the first question you need to ask yourself is, do I really need this?
If you answered, "yes, I really need this." Then the next question to ask yourself is, what am I not using that I can sell or donate to make space for this new thing I need?
Getting into a cluttered car after a long busy day is adding more stress to your overstimulated nervous system.
Walking in the door of your home and being greeted by clutter after a long busy day is adding more stress to your already overstimulated nervous system.
Sidebar: There’s a difference between things being messy and clutter. It’s important to know the difference, albeit subtle, there’s a difference.
Here’s how you tell if your car / home / office etc…is just a mess that needs to be cleaned up or is full on clutter that needs to be cleared out.
A mess is easy to clean up because every thing that is “out” has a place to go back “in”. In other words, it only takes you a few minutes to pick up a mess because every piece of the mess has a “home”, it has a designated place to go back to.
Clutter is more complex. Remember the whole reason clutter collects and multiplies in the first place is because whatever is in that pile doesn’t have a designated home; there’s no place or system in place for it to go to or be in so you throw it in a pile with good intention to deal with it later and before you know it, the pile has multiplied and is completely out of control.
So now that we’ve established the difference between a mess and clutter and the simple solution to clearing clutter, lets touch on how clearing your clutter can heal your heart.
Maybe you’re thinking you’re all good in the heart healing department and you don’t see how the two are related. Hang with me for a moment and I’ll explain.
Constantly having clutter in your life is like a visual barrier, a deterrent, a distraction from getting to the root of an issue or problem and resolving it.
Ask yourself how long have you been dealing with this clutter, disorganization and why haven’t you dealt with it? You don’t have enough time…is that the first thing that popped into your head?
If you don’t have time to clear the clutter in your car, home, office etc. then how do you ever expect to make the time to care for yourself in the way in which you deserve.
Your lack of motivation to clear your physical clutter could be a direct reflection of you burying or ignoring internal emotions on a subconscious level.
Meaning you’re not even aware that you’re doing this let alone why you’re doing it.
When we get so used to something or someone being there, seeing it or them day in and day out, day after day, it’s really hard to break out of that energy pattern even though we know that it would be in our best interest to do so.
It’s why people live with the clutter, it’s why people stay in relationships waaaaay longer than they should. They don’t want to really deal with the underlying issue, problem or cause. It’s easier to ignore it and go on with your life, but easy doesn’t mean it’s right, doesn’t mean it’s best for you. The right thing, the best thing, in my experience, is always the hardest to do. But it’s so worth it.
There’s so much that happens in life that’s out of our control, but you can control the clutter in your life.
You have the power to clear things and people that no longer empower you or serve your highest good.
In order for growth (or healing) to occur you must create the space. The old needs to make way for the new.
When you simplify your life, you increase your capacity, you de-stimulate your nervous system and expedite your healing process.
So the take away is this
Look closely at your space, whether it’s your car or your home, focus on one area (counter top, drawer, closet, desk, etc) and determine if what you have is a mess or clutter.
If it’s a mess, simple…that means everything has a home it can go to, spend 10-15 putting things in their place. Easy peasy.
If it’s clutter that means it doesn’t have a “home” so spend 10-15 minutes (set a timer if you have to) ask yourself if you really need whatever it is and if the answer is yes, then designate a “home” for it to live. Maybe you create space by purging something you really don’t use or need and replace it with this new item. Even if you only accomplish this one task, let that be a victory and call it a night.
You don’t have to spend hours purging and clearing, just dedicate small increments of time to clear your clutter and relish in that achievement.
Oh and for all of you out there who utter the words, “I might need this someday.” I say, really?
Okay, if you haven’t used it, touched it, moved it or worn it in a year, you don’t need it and it’s time to sell or donate it. The stuff you’re keeping “just in case” is weighing. you. down!
Remember, what you’re doing in your external environment you’re also doing for yourself internally. You may not see the benefit or reap the rewards right away, but that will come with consistency.
Let me know your thoughts or questions!