When Marie Kondo’s book “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” came out I didn’t buy into it. Lots of people started raving about it and were “KonMari-ing” their homes but I’d already “been there, done that” years ago.  You see, I used to do Feng shui consulting for people and was an avid reader of Lillian Too and Karen Kingston.  I literally, could not read more than a few pages  of Karen Kingston’s book “Clear your clutter with Feng shui”. without having to get up to reorganise the house… and I hate housecleaning.

Declutttering is the ultimate act of self-love . as you remove layers of stuff you unravel who it is that you want to be. It helps you reshape and  refocus on what is really important. Guess what? Stuff is nowhere on the list.

Often we buy things to fill a gaping hole that we have inside of ourselves. We think that a new 55” flat screen tv will make us happy or new clothes or some new “thing” and they do … for about five minutes. Then the novelty wears off and so we go in search of some other new thing. Before you know it we have a house full of mountains of stuff and we are no happier than when we started. In fact, it has been shown that too much clutter makes us depressed.

The one thing I love about Marie Kondo’s show is how she tunes in and connects with the house. It is one of the things that I have been doing since my Feng shui days. Yes, I regularly talk to my house (and no, she hasn’t answered me yet). It all comes back to energy. Everything has its own energy and anything you interact with on a regular basis shares some of your energy. That is why Marie Kondo tells people to thank their items before letting them go. In a way you are taking your energy back from that item and releasing it for someone else to enjoy.

Clutter is not just physical
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Clutter clearing can feel energy draining because we are still attached to our stuff so giving thanks to it for all it has done for you BEFORE you let it go brings your energy back to you.  Carrying around old, stuck energy from the past, in the form of clutter, weighs you down and makes the energy in your home heavy and stale.

One of the biggest questions I have been asking myself since the start of the year is “Who do I want to be? What do I want my life to look like?” Once you get clear on that the rest becomes easy.Here are my top tips for clutter clearing:

Here are my top tips for clutter clearing

  • Start with something easy

It is easy to get overwhelmed when you start clearing clutter and it is also easy to get exhausted. The best thing to do is start with one small thing that has been bugging you. For me that was my drawer of tea towels. It was getting messy and hard to open and was just generally pissing me off. Once that was done and looked so much better it was easy to move on to the next thing that had been bugging me.

  • Go at your own pace

    There is no rush. You’re not getting filmed for an episode of “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” so you don’t need to rush at it. Figure out the spaces that are giving you the least joy and start there. We all have that one room or that one drawer or that one space that drives us nuts. Clear that and then keep going.
  • Take your time. Do bits here and there and slowly but surely it will all get transformed.
  • Dump as you go.

It is really, really easy to create a big pile of stuff that you need to take to the thrift stores or to the dump. Instead it sits there and sits there or you drive around with it in your car for six months. Instead take it out of your house and drop it wherever it needs to go as soon as you are done.
I’m speaking from experience here. I’ve decluttered and left the bag of clothes in my wardrobe thinking “I’ll do that tomorrow” only to have it still sitting there six months later Far better to make a clean break and get it out of the house as soon as possible.

  • Stay hydrated

Decluttering is energy healing for your home and doing any kind of energy work takes a lot of water. Staying hydrated makes it easier on your emotional nervous system. I strongly recommend an Epsom salt bath at the end of the day if you are doing a lot of work on your home.
If you drink plenty of water you won’t feel so emotionally exhausted when you get to the end of the day. If you find yourself getting overwhelmed throughout the process stop and have a glass of water and, if you can, go outside for a few moments and take some deep breaths.

Decluttering is self-love in action.

Letting go of old stuff is liking shedding a skin and growing into more of who you really are. Each layer of the past you let go of the present you gets to shine a little brighter so get out your dusting cloths and rubbish bags and go forth and declutter.

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