“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Maria Robinson
You’re tired all the time, you want to lose a few pounds quickly, and are ready for change. Enough is enough. Your body blueprint is not sending the messages you want it to, and you are ready to start over. Time to clean the slate!
There are four areas of your life we will concentrate on to create a fresh start: your body, physical environment, emotional baggage, and current relationships.
Let’s highlight your physical space first.
Your Physical Environment
Having things in order, for some people, equates to feeling in control and safe. Being organized has the potential to remove underlying anxiety that may plague you from day to day. I was never the picture of perfection when it came to organization in my physical space. To be honest, I did not want to have the stress that I see most people have who are uptight about being organized. I chose to have a more relaxed outlook.
Feng Shui taught me that clutter blocks energy and flow in the area of your life that correlates with the space your clutter is in your home. Clutter had never bothered me before, until I learned it could have an effect on different areas of my life, such as relationships, money, and health.
What in your environment is creating toxins? Many of us have things that have outlived their usefulness. Are your closets and cupboards stuffed with items you don’t use? Do you keep telling yourself that you will reorganize and sort through them one day soon, only one day never comes?
Clutter impacts our emotional, mental, and spiritual state. It affects not only how we feel, but also our ability to be effective. Clutter, whether it is in the form of spiritual, emotional, mental, or physical, acts like the rocks and boulders that block a river’s flow and impedes the flow of our energy. Clutter drains our energy and wears down our spirit. We need energy to flow freely in order to have maximum creativity, production, expression, and satisfaction. Clutter takes away our power.
Learning about and using Feng Shui helped me to reduce my clutter and got me interested in the energy of my environment. I am still not super neat and tidy, but I still use these principles today to do the best I can. Choose which point of view works best for you and use it to clean up your physical environment.
12 Step recovery guide to help you start to de-clutter
- If you haven’t used it in the past year, get rid of it.
- Get help. Don’t do it all by yourself. You haven’t cleared this stuff away for years. You won’t do it now. Ask a friend or hire a professional organizer.
- Create a system or place where everything goes. So you know where and how to look for it.
- Create a plan that’s manageable. Clean out in small chunks
- Make it fun. Plan a garage sale with a group of friends. Give yourself treats as you reach milestones.
- If you buy something new, throw something old away.
- Do it NOW. It will save you hours later. Don’t add more to the pile for later.
- Begin with something that has no emotional attachment. Choose something that’s easy to get rid of and get in the throw away habit.
- Make an appointment with yourself to clear away your clutter. Put it on your calendar. A half an hour is a good start. Don’t over do it or you won’t do it.
- If you don’t love it, let it go. So often we keep things out of duty or guilt. You don’t need things around you that pull down your energy. Guilt is an energy drain.
- Bless all the stuff you have been keeping, recognize that it has served a purpose in your life and know that in letting it go you are making room for something new and better in your life
- Give yourself permission to throw things away. Let go of the guilt about “wasting” good stuff. If it is cluttering up your life, you need to realize that it is doing you harm. The best way to take care of yourself is to get rid of it, even if it means throwing it away.
The more you get rid of, the lighter you will feel, the clearer you will think, the more energized you will be.