Last week I led a program called “Clutter Clearing for Soul Space.” In light of the seasonal cleaning many do in spring, it seemed a good time to gather inspiration on how to simplify life a bit more… to reclaim the energy that’s lost when stuck in the thick of “stuff.”
Clutter Whisperer, Kerri Richardson, has a motto that resonates: “If you don’t love it, need it, or use it, it’s clutter.” And she points out that clutter is not just physical items but whatever stands in the way of us living our best lives. That in mind, clutter can also be things like draining relationships, too much on the calendar, or extra pounds. Richardson says that there is always a message in the mess of our stubborn clutter that involves one or more of the following — unrealistic expectations, limiting beliefs, and lack of boundaries.
Tidying expert, Marie Kondo, has a philosophy I appreciate as well: “You are not choosing what to discard but rather choosing to keep only the items that speak to your heart.” She advocates surrounding one’s self only with that which sparks joy. What an attractive goal!
These ideas in mind, let’s reflect on where clutter shows up in our lives and why. Our environment tells us something about our priorities and our peace of mind. If you’re feeling out of balance or uneasy, perhaps you need to do a clearing of that which no longer serves a purpose in your life. With the free space you uncover, both physically and emotionally, see what opportunities start to flow. After all, the soul can show up in all it’s creativity when it has room to move and expand.
May you be inspired!