The desire to clean often comes from desires for some kind of mental tranquility, peace, space, and calm in our lives. We see images of minimal workspaces and beautiful homes and think we want to create that kind of intentional beauty for ourselves.
What you may not realize is that decluttering is actually much more than just creating physical space. It is also a vital tool for manifestation AND an opportunity for spiritual growth.
Why? Well, something kind of magical happens once we start the decluttering process.
We learn things about ourselves. And I don’t just want to remember why we kept all those old letters and postcards from 20 years ago! That is, we actually start to confront some deep truths about ourselves, such as:
- Why we give power to particular objects, and how we identify with a sense of value, identity and security through those objects.
- How our clutter often represents procrastination and ways of avoiding things, and how we must address and change those patterns and habits to reduce them.
- What matters to us and why, and how we can learn to let things go with care.
- What is truly important to us in our lives and how can we align with those values through the objects we decide to keep or let go of.
There is a real relationship between decluttering and aligning with the life you want to live.
Manifestation becomes much easier when you are not blocked, be it physical, emotional or mental.
Decluttering frees you from being stuck and allows the flow of high vibrational energy so you can manifest the life you dream of.
Clutter can also look more than just piles of books and too many clothes.
Clutter can also be:
- Unfinished creative projects
- Unsatisfying relationships
- Inability to make decisions
- Mental chaos in the form of negative thinking and a victim mentality
- Poor time management and procrastination
- Physical pain or addictions
What you will find is that as you go through the process of decluttering, you will also begin to shed some of that mental clutter as well.
It’s much easier to focus on creative projects when you’ve let go of all that “stuff” crowding your home. Leaving more space in your home or workplace creates space in your mind and a healthy sense of control.
You’ll be surprised how much you can affect your behavior by simply decluttering! I personally found that I gained a lot more respect for my own time when I reduced my workspace. I learned to set boundaries with people and stopped feeling the need to answer every email or phone call when I was in my creative mode—in short, the lack of boundaries helped me focus better and take care of myself and my needs first.
So let’s take a look at how you can best start your decluttering process. I am sure you will discover your spiritual truths and realizations as you go along.
Simplicity is Key
Consider how everything has a vibration, whether it’s your favorite t-shirt or a beautiful glass vase. Only you can tell if an item has a vibe you want to keep in your home or not. If that object carries a vibration that you no longer need to have around, or if it gives off a frequency that you find improves your life.
This is your decision to make and yours alone.
Some people suggest that you put all the clothes you don’t wear in a bag, and if you don’t wear them again in the next month, you can throw them away.
I personally recommend a more individual process of connection with each object.
Here are my tips to make that process easier:
As you tackle piles of clutter, whether it’s clothes, books, kitchenware or your bathroom cabinet, ask yourself this question every time.
What is important to me in my life?
Your answer will be very unique. It can be love and family. Or creativity and travel. Or health and happiness. It can be all of those things!
But once you know what is essential for you in your life, you can then ask:
Is this item still essential for me? If it’s not essential and I still want it, why do I want it?
In order to be able to let something go, you need to know why you don’t need it in your life.
To throw something out, you have to consider what you feel is essential, and what is not.
That question – What is Important to me in my life? you mean, what kind of life do you want to live? What do you value? And does this item line up with that?
You can also keep in mind that the objects of power seem to exist only within you.
For example, that old shirt you have that you loved and wore for many years may hold some good memories, but those memories are in your mind, not in the shirt. When you don’t have the shirt with you, the memories remain.
You are the one who has the power to bring those memories back to life and smile about them.
Of course, if you feel you still want to keep sentimental items, that’s entirely up to you. I just want to point out that at the end of the day, things aren’t what make you happy, memories are. And those memories remain.
I understand that holding on to certain items can make us happy and I don’t believe that you have to throw everything away to successfully remove! But I think it’s worth remembering the power you have in your mind to evoke the kind of life you desire.
Going deep and connecting with your instinct can be very helpful when you are decluttering.
The more in tune you are with yourself and the kind of life you want to live, the easier it will be for you to know if you need to keep something or not.
So my last advice before decluttering is to close your eyes for a few minutes before you start and just connect with the silence within.
Ask your higher self to guide you to the truth and to be able to decide quickly and effectively what you need to keep and what you need to let go.
Happy decluttering! May Your Life Change in October!