Clear Your Clutter – Clearing clutter is the first step in order to organize a space and bring more clarity.
So, what exactly is clutter and how does it affect us?
Here is what the dictionary says:
1. A confused or disordered state or collection; a jumble: sorted through the clutter in the attic.
2. A confused noise; a clatter.
v. clut·tered, clut·ter·ing, clut·ters v.tr.
1. To fill or spread over in a disorderly manner: Boxes cluttered the garage.
2. To make disorderly or hard to use by filling or covering with objects: I cluttered up my desk with old memos.
[Probably from Middle English cloteren, to clot, from clot, lump, from Old English clott.]
Note the word “confused”. The verb “clot” is defined as:
clot – change from a liquid to a thickened or solid state
Both words describe all too well what happens when clutter accumulates. Things get confusing and stuck. In Feng Shui terms: clutter starts piling up when the energy of a space and/or person stagnates. And vice versa, the more clutter accumulates the less good energy flows and the lower the energy level.
“Oh, baloney”, I here the skeptics say. Okay, think about this:
Have you ever been in a very messy cluttered house or room? How did you feel? All dandy, happy and full of energy? Or rather confused, tired and sluggish?
Or think about the last time you looked for that certain something and could not find it. How did it make you feel? Did it interrupt the important work you were doing? Did you loose your focus? Did you finally have enough wasting your time searching, got a bit agitated and jumped in the car rushing to the next store to get another one?
In short, clutter can confuse us. It can hold us back. Be it on a physical level, wasting time and money or on a mental/emotional level, creating negative thoughts and energy. Clutter reflects the inner state of the people who create it and in return has a negative effect on those who live with it.
How can we make a change to the better?
There are two ways: from the inside out or from the outside in.
From the inside out meaning, you can start analyzing yourself and go on a journey of self-discovery. Eventually this method will show results in your “outer world” as well and you most likely will start cleaning up your mess. By all means if you would like to do that, do it. I am all for self-discovery and self-improvement, everybody should do it. However, there is another way, from the outside in, meaning you start by clearing your clutter. Do it and see what happens. See what tremendous impact it can have on yourself and your life. Start NOW, it is easier than you might think.