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The Emotional Toll of ‘Stuff’

My point is that our stuff affects us, directly, and it’s time for us to start recognizing it. Recognition is this week’s theme in my Clean Slate: Moving From Chaos to Clarity class and I’m inviting you to accept the challenge, too.

Spend this week noticing the way your stuff makes you feel. I want you to open your eyes and your mind and your heart and really feel the way you experience your environment. If you’re away from home, notice your energy level before you go back, then check in again when you walk in the front door. Does “home” feel good to you? Does your bedroom feel restful and relaxing? Does your kitchen feel like you want your body to feel?

Notice the way your space makes you feel.

Of course, we’re also taking lots of action this week, but this journey is not just about cleaning the house or making things look pretty, it’s about freeing ourselves. We are freeing ourselves from the endless to-do list, from the indecision and overwhelm that used to leave us paralyzed. That old, stuck life is over. We are taking action. We are stepping into our power. Everything is different now.

By making decisions about the stuff in our space–releasing that which no longer serves us–we go beyond aesthetic improvements. We cut ties with those things that hold us back, that drain our energy, that are no longer supportive of who we are today. And in doing so, we allow our environment to align with our current selves, and we make space for more of what we need and desire to flow into our lives.

The connection between our inner world and our environment is real. If your life doesn’t feel like you want it to, now is the time to release, release, release.
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4:39AM PDT on Aug 27, 2013

My problem is that I need the energy to get things ready and have a huge yard sale to get rid of some of our stuff.

6:33PM PDT on Jul 16, 2013

This is how hoarders began. "Stuff" is what memories are made of. At annual housecleaning time you may be surprised, on digging in, to see what was once thought important can now be tossed, having been replaced by better memories or no longer useful to your current flow. Worth revisiting ...

11:30AM PDT on Jul 8, 2013

Thank you for sharing this!

5:08AM PDT on Jul 7, 2013

Thank you so much!

12:59AM PDT on Jul 5, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

5:50PM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

Releasing---letting go----decluttering sure frees up clarity! I am ready to move to another location and I sure don't want to pack all my stuff with me that will stay in boxes or brings my energy level down.

9:44PM PDT on Jul 3, 2013

Ahhh - back to my organized chaos. For the most part my stuff makes me comfortable - maybe not visitors, but who cares about their comfort?? I have to live with my fabrics, threads, yarns, books, and more books. My dust bunnies seem just fine.

The only thing I HATE is having to dust all my cat knick-knacks. That's where my good feelings are lost. Several times I thought about boxing them all up - where to put the boxes?? Of course, when I see an adorable little kitty statue, or bookmark, or pin, or....yup, have to get it! Just added a new stuffed baby tiger with those big eyes. Couldn't leave it in the store to languish, wishing for a home with others just like it!

8:36PM PDT on Jul 3, 2013


7:26PM PDT on Jul 3, 2013

It can clutter up the mind.

2:26AM PDT on Jul 3, 2013

Thank you :)

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