IT’S TIME TO SHED STUFF (clutter) AND SIZZLE WITH NEW ENERGY
What’s the cause of clutter?
Very busy people who are jetting at full speed sometimes leave clutter in their wake.
“Tomorrow’s another day” people.
Poorly designed spaces.
What does clutter do?
Silently says negative things about you to you!
What is clutter?
Clutter is reactive. Clutter is not the same as creative chaos. Clutter is stagnant stuff silently speaking to you. It’s a costly cacophony that steals your energy and your inner peace. Seriously.
To become a butterfly, a caterpillar first digests itself. Shedding clutter, clearing your environment is a lot like digesting the past – this makes room for your exciting future to unfold.
Ultimately, managing the health and energy of your environment is a therapeutic self-care practice with a sizzling feel good payoff.
Here’s how to shed stuff (clutter) and sizzle with new energy:
1. Schedule time.
Prepare yourself with deep breathing exercises and feeling a sense of letting go. One quick way to lower the stress hormone cortisol and increase the feel good hormone testosterone is to stand with your arms outstretched, take up space and breath deeply for two minutes. You’ll get the same effect by putting on your favorite tunes and dancing around it bit before you begin. The longer stuff stagnates the more powerful its energy to stay put. Prepare to push through.
2. Assess your project.
Peruse each room or space in your environment. Look around, be open and allow yourself to sense what is supporting you and what is bringing your energy down. What is your space telling you about you? What needs to go? What gives you a good feeling?
Can you breathe deeply in this room? If not, what is constricting your breath? What can you change?
Check-in. Can you take everything in visually and feel wonderful? If you can’t look at it while feeling great, something needs to change. What?
Notice anything that reminds you of how loved and cared for you are. Highlight these areas and expand this energy.
Take notes and list what changes are doable today and in the weeks or months ahead. This list is no ordinary list of tasks. This list is your “I choose to live healthy, energetically and inspired” list.
Now, let’s talk closets! Remember that even though others may not see a room or space, it is still influencing you, lifting you up or weighing you down. Before you work through your closet check out Melissa Murray’s post on clothing and turning up your personal brand at the Styleology Group
And, let’s talk color. Angela Wright’s theory of the psychology of color is a rather colorful place to start. Take a look at her examples of color types to determine your personal color palette and open your closet doors empowered to sort for your health and success.
When making purchases it is a good idea to imagine where the item(s) will go next. Will they be recycled or donated? If the landfill will be their final resting please consider not making that purchase.
Remember to shed stuff from personal care cabinets, spice cabinets, storage areas etc. Everything is connected.
Every footprint matters.
Begin living in the manner you want to now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake.