Last Sunday, I set aside three hours to do some much-needed decluttering. It had been about six months since I’d last cleared out magazine stacks, sorted through file folders, and refreshed my closet. I knew I was heading to my parents house for a long Thanksgiving break, and I thought, Wouldn’t it be nice to return to a clutter-free apartment?
Naturally, when I came across a Mind Body Green article that explained the ways your life can instantly improve when you clear clutter, I couldn’t help but click. “Clutter is anything you don’t like, don’t use, or don’t need. In feng shui philosophy, free-flowing energy creates health, wealth, love, and overall abundance for the people who take it in. Clutter stops that energy flow and creates stagnation, exhaustion, and exasperation,” writes Dana Claudat. As I was dumping things I didn’t need down the trash chute, I felt lighter and freer, with a renewed sense of purpose. What other ways can removing clutter positively affect your life? I list them out below.
- You’ll be more vibrant and magnetic. Getting rid of clutter literally makes more space in your home. Being able to move more freely throughout the rooms will provide fresh energy and allow you to notice when inspiration strikes.
- More time appears. Clutter slows you down. If you spend 15 minutes searching through clutter for your keys or trying to find that important document, you’re wasting time. Remove the clutter and you’ll have more time. “When you aren’t feeling overwhelmed from the mess in your home office, you’ll have more time to get quality work done,” explains Claudat.
- Positive risks become possible. Clutter is considered by some to be life’s unfinished business. Clearing it away is like finally letting go of the negative aspects of your past. This will allow you to recognize and take more calculated, positive risks.
- Personal issues are addressed. When I was cleaning out the drawers in my dresser, I came across a couple of trinkets that were gifts from an old boyfriend. I looked at them and realized that while these were once important to me, they no longer meant anything. When I threw them into the trash, I felt as if I was finally closing the chapter of that relationship.
- You lose a bad habit or start a better one. Remove any junk that triggers bad habits or negative emotions. This will lead to a space that is more naturally positive.
- Sleep becomes deeper. “Since humans are energetic beings, the more energy that freely circulates around us, the easier it is for us to rejuvenate with deep, restful sleep,” Claudat explains.
- Problems get solved. A clean and clear space will open up your perception, and you’ll be better equipped to solve and face problems.
- Money flows more freely. As I was going through the old cards in my drawers, I came across $300! There was a birthday card from my grandfather and another one from my godmother that I had placed in there and forgotten about months earlier. Jackpot!
- You can trust your intuition much more. Like being able to problem-solve, having a clutter-free working and living environment will provide you a sense of clarity and certainty. You’ll be better able to get in touch with yourself and trust your gut instincts more.
To keep your magazine collection organized and tidy, store recent issues of Vogue and Bon Appétit in a stylish gold basket.
How do you feel when you get rid of clutter?