Spring is here and it is the perfect time to do some spring cleaning! We don’t realize the importance decluttering can have on our internal body as well as our physical body, this is why decluttering is important for the soul.
Maybe some stuff has piled up throughout the winter and you can’t deal with it anymore, but why do we always feel a little bit of anxiety or feelings of dread when we go to approach that pile of paperwork? Or maybe you need to clean out and go through those boxes that you have carried along through 2 different moves and have not yet even opened them?
I’m sure you are picturing that one room, one table or one box that just has so much shit in it and you’re unsure on how to even tackle it. Before you start stressing, I want you ask yourself.
Why haven’t I cleaned this up? What have been my excuses?
Yes, as much as you have physically found a place for your “stuff” to hang out that’s out of sight, out of mind, your brain has planted each and everything in your physical world somewhere inside your head space. When it does so, it creates a kind of mental baggage when it’s not clarified and cleaned out.
Again, ask yourself. Why is that clutter there? What memory does this hold for me?
Because, yes, these are all physical items, but there is always going to be an emotional attachment. Not only does your mind track where everything is in your physical environment, there’s also an emotional response associated with every item in your life. Your “stuff” is a tie to your emotional needs. So maybe those piles and paperwork on that table represent a “failing” business or tug on a few heart strings of feeling unable to be successful. Maybe those boxes sitting under your staircase are possessions from your last break up that you have not yet been able to go through and process.
Unfortunately, those residual emotions will stay stuck until you process them. You won’t have a clear and free parking spot for that success you are yearning for. You won’t have an open mind or open heart for new and healing relationships, so long that box continues to stay closed and hidden away.
Again, ask yourself. What do I associate this “stuff with?” What it is it preventing me from having? What could my energy and life look like without that emotional baggage?
I know this can be difficult and feel really uncomfortable, but that’s why I have created this check list so that you feel supported and safe
- Take 3 deep breaths, nice and slow.
- Have your favorite beverage preferably something warm and calming!
- Give yourself the permission to feel whatever you need to feel.
Tips to decluttering:
Now, depending on how significant, how big and really how ready you are, you may need to tackle this piece by piece over time…
- Determine where important things go. You might even draw a map of your home and work spaces to label where these important items go. This includes a donation or garbage spot
- Take a few minutes every day to put those important things where they belong. This can be when you arrive in the morning at work, or return home from work, little afternoon breaks between calls.
- For everything that is left and undecided–take another five minutes to process a few items that are laying around. Otherwise if you feel know use for them… you can put them into the donation and garbage spot!
If you want, you can tackle this all in a day if that makes it easier for you! Whatever you feel you need! Just think about all the mental clarity you will gain with all of the cleared space in your mind! This is why decluttering is important for the soul.