Out With the Old, In With the New – Start the New Year CLUTTER FREE!

I don’t know what it is, but it seems this time of year I just want to dejunk, get rid of clutter, and get ORGANIZED!

Does anyone else feel that way?

Actually I have been wanting to do some serious dejunking for quite some time.  I want to be free of the heaviness of all the unnecessary, unused, old items that I have been keeping around.  I say heaviness because that is what it feels like every time I pass by something out of place or open a drawer that is stuffed full, making it frustrating to find what I was looking for.

In an article on WebMD  it states:

“Having too much stuff can not only drain and frustrate you, it can make it
difficult to get things done.”

WebMD went to five organizational
experts for their top advice on what you can do to control that
clutter.  It is an interesting article.

Feng Shui specialist talk about how clutter is low, stagnant, and confusing energy that constantly drains energy from you.  It is said that it can also negatively influence, or even completely block, the flow of energy and events in many areas of your life.

I totally believe this. Everything has energy. I have talked a little bit of how emotions have energy, well so does STUFF, good and bad.  So, it is good to take note what you have kicking around your house.  Get rid of the physical clutter which might include, a
pile of papers on your desk, mail spread out all over the counter, a
closet filled with old clothes you never wear or old food in
your refrigerator. What once served you, may not be serving you anymore.  Let go of it and notice how much better you feel.

Last week I cleaned out the broom closet.  Oh my!  There were items stuffed way back in the crannies that I hadn’t seen in years.  I found things I didn’t know I had, things I could’ve been using.  Cleansers that I no longer use and and excess of brown paper bags that all went in the trash.  I was amazed at how much stuff was crammed in there.  I organized it all nicely and had room to acturally see what I had.

Ya, it looked better, but oddly enough, it FELT BETTER too.  Even if I didn’t open the door to the broom closet when I walked by, it seriously felt good, I felt good.  When we let go of the things that are not serving us, we create space for good things to enter our life.  You will see it manifest in all kinds of ways, physically and energetically.

So, that is my quest for the next month.  I am going to clear out the OLD stagnant energy of clutter, and make room for the NEW.

I love this quote:

“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris

Keeping clutter in check requires some habit changes and a new way of thinking.

I will have to admit, that as I have received gifts this holiday season, some of them have made their way to the thrift store donation box. That seems a little harsh and I used to feel really guilty about doing that, but not as much anymore.  If it is something that I don’t use or absolutely love it, then I am going to let it move on to someone else who can use it, or who can enjoy it.  Why keep something out of guilt or obligation?

Clearing out clutter can be a BIG job.  It will push your buttons as you start thinking about letting some of the things go that perhaps have sentimental value or things that you feel you may need or use SOMEDAY.  I recommend not trying to declutter your house all in one day.  You will only find yourself getting overwhelmed, wipe yourself out, and most likely leave the job unfinished.  Take it chunks and space it out.

In the next upcoming posts, I am going to share with you some tips and strategies that I have found helpful and those tips I yet want to try in helping clear clutter and getting more organized for the upcoming year.  Now I don’t profess to be an expert at this stuff, but I hope to share
with you a few things that you may find useful.  I encourage you to share some of your tricks and ideas.  We would love to hear them.

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