As we near the end of the year, it’s normal to want to make room for the good that’s to come. After twelve months of living, we’ve collected lots of things and energy which is why many look to decluttering. Decluttering is exactly what it sounds like, removing the clutter from our space, minds, and souls. Although it’s not merely about cleaning, it’s also about renewing energy and removing obstacles that block energy. In this article we’ll look at the benefits decluttering brings and why should consider it.
If you know much about Feng shui, or if you’ve ever heard of Marie Kondo, you’ll understand that the energy in our homes depends a lot on the stuff inside of it. What permanently resides in your home greatly affects your home’s energy flow. Now, blocked energy shouldn’t be confused with bad energy because it’s quite different. While bad energy has to do with malice, blocked energy is negativity that comes from things left undone or even mental blocks. That drawer full of old bills, those jars of expired food in the fridge, and even the broken knick-knacks piled up in your garage are all blocked energy.
It’s human nature to want to keep these things, even though they may not serve us at the time. After all, we are sensitive and nostalgic creatures who tend to hoard things. Those things that we hold onto but never use are interfering with the energy flow in our homes. It’s not just because they’re taking up space, rather that they are occupying space where something more functional and beneficial could go. Removing blocked energy can also make way for good things we can’t see like future opportunities.
Benefits of DECLUTTERing Your Space
Much like cleansing your chakras to help remove negative energy and restore balance in our bodies, decluttering allows you to remove stagnant things that aren’t working and therefore aids us in finding balance. Here are some more reasons why you may want to declutter:
- Clear your mind – When we pile everything upon on top of the other we can sometimes lose sight of what’s important. Decluttering works like a reset button that helps us see our home and ourselves in a clearer light.
- Reduce stress – Let’s be honest, clutter is stressful. No one wants to be knocked down by a landslide of stuff when searching for things in their closet. Eliminating old, broken or unnecessary things in your home can decrease your stress levels and help you feel more zen.
- Remember the good times – Often when we reorganise and tidy up our homes, we run into mementoes of good times past. While nostalgia is great for giving us the warm and fuzzies, it’s also beneficial in other ways. Taking time to look back on your year can help you see how much you’ve grown and give you perspective to decide your path for the coming year.
- Save money – Maintaining a clutter-free house means that you’ll always know where everything is. That means no more guessing where things are and then never finding them. When you know what you’ve got at home, you eliminate superfluous purchases that tend to happen when we can’t find what we thought we had in the house.
- Make money – As you sort through your home and declutter, you may come across things that are in good condition, but are no longer of use to you. Well, one person’s rubbish is another person’s treasure. Instead of tossing it out, why not sell it secondhand to make some extra money?
Although these are just a few ways in which decluttering can help you, we guarantee that there are more. Decluttering is sure to bring an influx of energy, stamina, positivity, and good luck into your home.
How to Declutter
A couple of years ago, Mayca detailed how she performs her decluttering ritual every year. You can follow in her steps to declutter your home or break out on your own to find your decluttering style. The most important thing is to eliminate anything does not serve you or elevate your energy. Below you’ll find some decluttering pointers:
- Toss out old, expired food.
- Mend any broken items and dispose of what can’t be mended.
- Donate or sell any items that you haven’t or don’t plan to use.
- Organise your home office and eliminate any papers, notebooks, or other materials that you no longer need.
- Consider cleansing your social media. Remove any friends or unfollow any people that you don’t speak to, interact with, or simply people who don’t add positive value to your life.
If you’re not a fan of organisation, decluttering may seem daunting. Nonetheless, we highly recommend that you give it a try for the new year and leave room for more positive energy to enter your life. For anyone looking to spend more time in their de-cluttered home, learn about taking up soapmaking as a hobby. Check out WapoBeauty’s Soapmaking eBook that offers step-by-step instructions on how to make natural skincare products at home. Those searching for more hands-on learning to formulate and craft safe and professional skincare products should consider signing up for WapoBeauty’s Making Natural Skincare Masterclass.
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