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Clearing space in your life to welcome in the new

July 27th, 2007 · 4 Comments

Today begin looking at everything in your life in a new way. “Do I really love it? Do I really need it? Would I be better off without it?” Instead of buying and spending, save that money. Let your money work for you for a change. This is the beginning of laying new groundwork for your life. You must make room for the good that’s just waiting for you. Begin now. Fill your mind with new positive thinking.

Affirm today: The past is over and done. I release it with love, blessing every person, place and experience. I welcome the new!

Louise Hay – Hay House Newsletter July 2007

Wise words. We’ve all heard this before, but somehow it always comes back at just the right time. Certainly did for me this morning, as I tackle the excess ‘stuff’ I refuse to put back in my nice, renovated kitchen.

Having things cluttering up our lives, stuff we bought because we thought we needed it, or because it was a bargain, drains our energy reserves significantly. Imagine the money overflowing your bank account, instead of stuff overflowing your cupboards and drawers…

I know I need to, but I just cannot get to it…

Have you ever experienced that feeling of ‘I have to get to that’, ‘I MUST clean up my desk’, ‘I know I have to sort that linen closet out, but I just cannot seem to find the time’??

All that must, should, and need weigh us down and drain our energy even further… leaving us less and less likely to start the clear out and more and more likely to be overwhelmed by the stuff and clutter.

What can we do about it?

To put a stop to the vicious cycle and start rebuilding your energy levels while you clear the clutter from your life:

  • get help! Today I am enlisting the help of a friend who is great at clearing stuff and quite ruthless when it comes to what to keep and what to get rid of – her energy will help lift mine enough to get going, and to keep me going when I falter. Who can you get to help you?
  • try little things first. Something small, like your bedside table, or the cutlery drawer in the kitchen. Each little victory over clutter, and each little pool of calm will give you the motivation to move onto the next.
  • Some resources and websites I have found very helpful in my quest for a tidy, calm, clutter-free home:

  • Flylady – Marla is one amazing lady. If you have a serious problem with your home, and feel you are drowning in clutter and dirt then this is the lady to turn to. This is a huge worldwide community.
  • Creating Order From Chaos – Angela Esnouf runs workshops and individual sessions in Melbourne to help manage your time and your space – Angela is a regular contributor to Sanctuary, and was a recent guest here with Six Secrets to Arriving on Time.
  • It’s not about your stuff! Jessica Duquette’s blog is all about letting go of the things in your life that no longer serve you. Well worth reading – Jessica is a lovely lady who delves deep to help us all.
  • The Organising Queen – I recently found this blog written by Marcia Francois and I am really enjoying her style!
  • What list would be complete without a book? Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui by Karen Kingston is a staple recommendation! It’s the first book that really got me to think about clearing clutter as a way to enhance my life.
  • the calm that comes with clear space

    Tags: Heart and Home · More Chores? · Resourcing for Women Who Do Too Much · Watch Out for Those Potholes

    4 responses so far ↓

    • 1 Chris // Jul 31, 2007 at 12:29 pm

      When were you peeking in my cupboards????
      Very inspiring, if i could just get enought time to make a start!!!

    • 2 karen // Aug 1, 2007 at 4:58 pm

      :) thanks for the comment Chris.

      No I wasn’t peeking in your cupboards, I just know what mine get like… Starting seems to be nine-tenths of the effort, once the action is started it’s much easier to keep going, isn’t it?

    • 3 Marcia Francois // Aug 5, 2007 at 6:51 am

      Hi Karen

      Thanks for linking to my little old blog. Yes, I am passionate about decluttering :-)

      BTW, your blog is beautiful!!!

    • 4 karen // Aug 11, 2007 at 1:57 pm

      Hi Marcia,
      many thanks for your comment – Sorry it took a while to show up here, it got caught in my spam filter and I just found it (thankfully!) … I’m glad you like my blog.

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