“That’s all you need in life, a little place for your stuff. That’s all your house is, a place to keep your stuff. If you didn’t have so much stuff, you wouldn’t need a house at all. You would just walk around all day.” ~ Comedian George Carlin
When it comes to our “stuff”, it seems as if there is no end in sight. As a society, Americans are excellent at the art of accumulation. There is always a desire for bigger, newer, better things whether it involves our cars, our homes, or our shoe and purse collections (ahem, I of course wouldn’t know anything about that!) Advertising agencies excel at encouraging us to constantly upgrade and none of us is immune to their efforts.
One of the ways that our stuff begins to morph into a living blob, gobbling up free space faster than your iTunes collection is through clutter. When we accumulate new stuff faster than we purge it, clutter becomes inevitable. Ask anyone with a garage or an attic! This is exactly how storage facilities stay in business!
When our things begin to inhibit our ability to navigate easily within our home, our clutter is probably more than meets the eye. In fact, there is likely a psychological reason for it. Let me explain. One of my former clients invited me to her home for a consultation. Of all the rooms in her home, the bedroom in the relationship area of her home was so crammed and jammed with stuff, that she could no longer use it. The room had become an internal storage area. After our consultation, she decided that it was time to sort and conquer and within a few weeks, she had managed to clear the room!
However, over the next few months, the room started to fill with stuff, and my client confessed that most of the things in the room had come from other people. A family member moved out of state and gave my client a bunch of old furniture and clothes. A friend had lots of left overs from a garage sale and she gave all her unsold rejects to my client. Her once cleaned room started to resemble the local Goodwill store.
If you can relate to the above example, you are not alone and it might surprise you to know that clutterers don’t clutter because they are incapable of being organized. They clutter because cluttering is a physical expression of their emotional condition. (source unknown) When you use Feng Shui to understand your own psychology, you begin to set the stage for true transformation. Just remember, it is best to take your time, and don’t try to get rid of all your clutter at once. It is a good idea to let go of clutter slowly and with some introspection. Otherwise, the pattern will just return and the opportunity for deep healing will be lost.
Top Five Ways To Clear Your Clutter
1. Toss the things that are broken. Who are you kidding, you aren’t going to fix it!
2. Give away the things that no longer fit or are out of fashion. The rule of thumb is that if you haven’t worn something in six months, you never will. (I added that last bit because it’s mostly true).
3. Donate your kid’s baby clothes – if you are done having children, just let their vomit stained clothes go!
4. Learn to “just say no” to freebies from relatives and friends unless you really want the items they are giving up.
5. Make a profit! Learn how to use eBay, Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace and sell the stuff that you are ready to discard. Remember, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!!