Today marks the completion of my personal 21-Day Soul Coaching® Clutter Clearing Quest. I was truly amazed at how deep I went with this program as I am often clearing clutter while in other programs I mentor in or facilitate. I feel if one is always clearing clutter it may be the time to ask where does this clutter come from? Most don’t, yet some people feel good around clutter, they have their stuff and their memories right there in front of them. They can reach out and touch them at any time and hold them. This may bring a certain kind of comfort. And that’s okay. These things are likely objects you love and items you want to keep around. Sometimes having someone come in and help you stage or display them will make a world of difference.
Other times, we have stuff that we have a challenge with letting go… The item may feel like it has a soul, as do many objects, especially ones connected to childhood memories. I know this, as I finally (after years of trying) have let go of my beloved stuffed polar bear Nanook. He has been in the family a very long time and was extra special as he was hand crafted by my Mother about 40 years ago and he is literally loved to peices. He was gifted to my Grandmother, and then passed on to my Dad and it felt like the lineage should continue.
At one point a year or so back I had thought repairing Nanook was the only option. I had a seamstress sew him up after I had placed all kinds of beautiful healing stones and crystals in him. As I did this, I also set intentions that this healing would go back to my family for generations and generations, to the beginning of time. Yet sadly, Nanook continued to wear away… to disintegrate. The simple truth was he was deteriorating, his sheepskin fur was wearing thin and he was coming apart at the seams. Could this be a metaphor for some area in my life or was this more a symbol of the past and my childhood? I had to ask myself some deep questions and came to the conclusion that if this were actually a living creature, it would now be his special time to transition back to the Universe. With that thought in mind I was able to let him go.
I gently removed the stones and crystals from Nanook and thanked him for all the times he was there when others were not. I told him how precious his life was, to me and to the others he blessed during his time here. I felt so much gratitude in that moment. I cleansed the stones and put them on a little keepsake bag to dry, soon to be re-purposed by welcoming them to my collection. It’s true that when you are clutter clearing the less you physically hold the object, the easier it will be to allow it to move on. I feel like I have symbolically let go of my childhood. I feel empowered having made the decision after years of wishing I could. I feel lighter, the space is brighter and I trust Nanook will have a marvelous time in a different form. I know his Spirit has moved on to a higher realm and he is happy.
I will continue with my deep inner and outer clutter clearing, as each time I remove and release just a little bit more as I ask myself the Quests’ challenging questions. See, we do what are ready to do; we let go of what we are ready to let go of and if you feel you are ready, you are. Sometimes you may need inspiration, time and organization skills, and sometimes you just need courage and a non-judgemental understanding of the meaning of the object(s). That’s what worked for me.
“Where intention goes, energy flows.”
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What exactly is hidden clutter? It is all that we keep behind close doors. Sometimes it’s our thoughts and beliefs, sometimes it is physical clutter. It can also be emotional clutter, even Spiritual clutter. The issue with hidden clutter is that even though the doors or cabinets, cupboards and drawers are closed and everything looks alright or perfect from the outside, there is often a mess behind those doors. I love the saying “Your mess is your message!” What is your mess saying to you?
Mental clutter can be cleared by looking where you are at the moment and taking an honest assessment of your life. If we are going anywhere, we need to know where we are, right? Clearing your mental clutter is important, especially if you want to create sacred space in your mind for new thoughts, new beliefs and new behaviours. Yes, you can change your beliefs! First you might want to recognize how the ones that no longer serve you draw unwanted energy you are not looking for into your life. Sometimes your beliefs may be contradicting, again perhaps blocking you from moving forward and being all you can be.
Emotional clutter wants to be felt, to be honoured and truly, it does want us to release it, so both the energy and our lives can move forward. Releasing items with love is a great practice to consider. After all, things come in to our life for a reason, a season, but not always a lifetime. We can choose what we want to let go of and what we want to keep. Our souls love Clutter Clearing at all levels.
Spiritual clutter exists when you grow up in an environment where you were taught what to believe. Honoured traditions are beautiful and should be respected, yet as your own life is lived, you find some aspects may not be working for you and you may want to let go of some traditions, some beliefs and explore or embrace another spiritual practice. Perhaps you would like to create your own ceremonies and rituals and daily practices that truly feed your soul?
Do you have clutter in your life? Image by Kelly Chamchuk
Physical clutter means something too. It means you either have too much stuff, nowhere to put it, a system not in place to manage what is needed, guilt to keep something someone has given you that you may find challenging to surrender plus an array of other feelings, emotions and beliefs. So over time, that clutter builds up and up and up. Perhaps you feel you do not have time with all else that is going on in your life?
So, what CAN you do? You can begin. That’s it, just begin. Start small by clearing out for 10-15 minutes per day or create a list of spaces you wish to clear and ensure you jot down when you will do them. Give yourself more time than you think you need, so you can actually accomplish the task. Too often we believe it can be done much quicker than it takes leaving ourselves disappointed and frustrated. Committing to the process will help you get it done! So will making it enjoyable for yourself. Invite the family or a good friend to assist, hire a coach who knows about working with clutter and make it FUN!
Turn on some music that really stirs your soul, grab a glass of your favourite bevy, and make a plan. Know what you are going to do in advance. Envision it done and how you will approach the project. When you can see it in your mind’s eye, you can do it! Get your trash bags, your donation bin, even your ‘for sale’ bin for collectible items or valuables that you would like to put online or for your upcoming garage sale. Choose the time you will begin your cleaning and go for it. Get that shredder revved!
Then focus on how wonderful the space will feel once cleared. Invite those long repressed feelings to surface as you clear! Really feel and embrace your feelings… and if by chance some tears fall, some belly laughter or the odd shiver or two occurs, trust that what you are doing is for your best future possible and give your soul the time it needs to process those feelings. No bashing is invited to this party! Let those emotions bubble up and out; what is important is that you are clearing them, you don’t even really have to consciously know what they are about. It’s okay. You are doing great!
Imagine the fresh and clear feeling! Image by Kelly Chamchuk
In smaller or confined spaces, I suggest taking everything that is moveable out, then only bring back in what you love, use and really need. Ask yourself some questions as you edit each item;
When was the last time I used this?
Is this item in good repair?
When can I see myself using it again?
Has this objects’ time in my life expired?
Do I experience positive memories in association to this?
Where else could this item go to be cherished by another?
Is the right space for this item?
I like to clear the space energetically and set intentions prior to arranging the objects back in to their space. I used Frangipani incense plus a tea light candle conducive to the more relaxed, calm and peaceful atmosphere I imagined for this tiny office space.
Organization is key to keeping the space maintained and clutter free after your clearing. Ensure there is a space for everything and everything in it’s space. Before you bring something new in, ask yourself if there are two items you can remove to make space for it? Labelling wires or colour coding them to your devices is a great method of keeping them organized. There is tuly no need to hang on to them unless you use the associated device. Ensure that old equipment such as computers, lap tops, cell phones have your information cleared by someone in the know before you recycle. For this clearing project, I felt the lighting was poor and it felt dark and dingy so I added a set of lights under one shelf, will use a black felt marker to cover the cord, and ensured there was a spot for everything. The boxes are all label clearly, containing all objects in the same category for easy access. All items such as Birthday and Thank You cards are all in one box, another will have Camera equipment, charger, filters, and all items pertaining to that. Various papers are stacked for easy access.
Everything in it’s place… Image by Kelly Chamchuk
Space clearing the area once your clutter is cleared is a lovely practice to welcome in the new energy. Depending on what physical area you cleared, you may want to add fresh flowers, burn some incense, smudge the area with sage or even give it a nice spray of your favourite essence. For this project, I arranged a simple Buddha, a tea light candle and some crystal points; all items I love to create a Mini-Altar. Once your own project is complete, spend a few moments with your fresh clean space feeling gratitude and imagine beautiful white light beaming in to you, then out to your space.
Once all the clearing is done and complete. Celebrate! Take a lovely epsom salt bath with your favourite essential oils in it and imagine that all you cleared comes out of your body and flows lovingly down the drain to be brought back to you in amazing ways. You will feel so much lighter, more organized and the bonus is you are creating sacred space for the new to arrive! What is it you would welcome in to your life at this time?
“Where intention goes, energy flows.”
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