How Reducing Clutter Can Change Your Life

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Did you know that clutter is one of the biggest triggers of stress?

Clutter has been shown to raise cortisol levels and from a feng shui perspective it can block you from receiving abundance and hinder you from pursuing your goals.

Most of us are oblivious to the fact that we have so much clutter. Even if we keep our homes neat and tidy, clutter can still weigh us down and create stagnant energy.

Clutter can also be symbolic to your mental state. Where you also choose to clutter your home can also be a subconscious indicator of your mental state. For example clutter in-

The Living/Dining Room: could symbolise that you are having a hard time expressing yourself or living up to your fullest potential. These rooms are where most people entertain, so clutter in here can indicate that you are afraid to show the world who you truly are.

The Kitchen: could symbolise that you are having a hard time loving or looking after yourself. The kitchen is often the heart of the home and is where most people congregate. It is also where you store and make your food. Clutter in this part of the home can also indicate that you are stress-eating or using food to distract from your emotions.

The Bedroom: could symbolise that you are stuck and perhaps unclear or obsessive about many things in your life. If you share a bedroom with a partner, clutter can also indicate that there may be intimacy issues or issues in opening up to each other. The bedroom is where you go to relax and sleep and clutter in here can make you feel tired, lethargic and confused.

The Bathroom: could symbolise that you are lacking self-esteem or self-worth. Clutter in the toilet can also mean that you are holding on to something or are having difficulty letting go of the past. The bathroom is where we go to clean ourselves and get ready for the day, so clutter in here can also impact your motivation and your aura in general.

The Hallways: could symbolise a blocking of the flow of energy in your life. Hallways represent energetic channels or pathways and when they are blocked you may find it hard to feel energised or stay motivated.

The Closet: could symbolise that you are hiding you truth or not able to face up to the reality of your situation. Closets are used to store the ‘unseen’ and when they become cluttered it can also impact your ability to acknowledge and work with the ‘unseen’ or spiritual world.

The Attic/Basement: could symbolise that you are unable to release the past or deal with family conflicts. Clutter in the attic can also block the flow of energy out of your crown chakra and can make you feel burdened or that you have weight on your shoulders. Clutter in the basement can impact on your ability to feel grounded, which can make you feel uncomfortable in your home and with yourself.

The Garage: could symbolise that you have difficulty moving forward in your life or being social. The garage is often the place for cars or other transportation devices, and clutter in this area could indicate stagnant energy or even social anxiety.

Subconsciously, we all choose where to clutter our homes and these locations can reveal a lot about our mental state and frame of mind.

Releasing clutter however, can help shift our mental state and shift the energy surrounding us.

In fact, sometimes when it is difficult to make a mental shift or change, making a physical one first can help us along and stimulate us to feel better about our lives.

If you are looking to lighten up your life, clear away any stagnant energy and release some of the past, reducing clutter is definitely the way to go.

One method that works really well to reducing clutter is the KonMari Method, which was developed by Marie Kondo. It is based on a Japanese method and takes a spiritual approach.

Here are the basic points of the KonMari Method:

  1. Before you even begin reducing clutter, visualise what you want your life to look like. Visualise what you want your home to look like and what type of lifestyle you want to create. Then, write down your ultimate goal with reducing clutter like- “I want my home to be a peaceful sanctuary where everyone feels loved and light.”
  2. Now that you are ready to begin, start with your clothes first and then proceed to books, papers and then miscellaneous items. Through her years of experience as a professional organizer, Marie believes this to be the best order.
  3. The most important step as you go through your clutter is to ask yourself- “does this item bring me joy? Does this item create a peaceful sanctuary?” Go through each item and don’t allow it to be rational, instead rely on your feelings and the reaction of your body to let you know if the item is worth keeping and if it is aligned with your goals.
  4. Discard everything before you place things back. This allows your space to be filled with clear, fresh energy.

You can read more about the KonMari Method in ‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying: A Simple and Effective Way to Banish Clutter Forever.’

When you remove clutter and leave behind only things that make you feel joyful and peaceful about your life, your home and your entire life will take on a totally different energy.

Your home is a reflection of your energy and in order to vibrate on a higher frequency it has to be free and clear of weight and things that hold stagnant memories.

Are you ready to clear away your clutter?

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About the author


Tanaaz is the creator of Forever Conscious. She is an intuitive astrologer and aims to use her writing to heal and inspire. She is also the author of several books including the Power of Positive Energy, Messages for the Soul, and My Pocket Mantras. She also runs online courses and in-person retreats.