This morning I sat down at the computer to write this tip and I felt completely blocked. Everything I tried felt wrong. Either I sat staring at the screen with absolutely no inspiration or, when I did write something, it sounded trite, clichéd and naff. Nothing was flowing. Even worse, when I did finally get a few words down that I was relatively happy with my system went down and I lost everything I’d written! I felt thoroughly down-hearted and fed up.
So rather than continuing to bang my head against the proverbial brick wall, I switched everything off and walked into the village for a coffee. And that was when things began to shift. Ideas started to spark and I came home and spent half an hour clearing out a load of clutter and getting it ready to take to a car boot sale.
I’ve returned to the task feeling like a different person: not only did I shift myself into a different environment (which always helps to change the energy and, for me at least, helps me to think more creatively) but I cleared some clutter which always, always helps to re-energise me and restore the flow.
It’s no coincidence that the word ‘clutter’ derives from the French word clotter which means coagulate. Having too much clutter can make us feel stuck; it can keep thoughts and ideas from flowing freely and it can definitely stop us from moving onwards.So if you’d like to get back into the flow by doing some clutter shifting, here are some tips from the excellent book Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui by Karen Kingston to get you started:
Decluttering can feel overwhelming, so try breaking the task down into smaller parts. List your Clutter Hotspots (wardrobe, garage, spare room, hallway etc.) and highlight the ones that are annoying you most. Choose one easy area to clear first — perhaps a single drawer or small cupboard. Each area you clear releases energy for you to do more. Take it at your own pace, doing as much as you feel inspired to do at any one time. When it’s done, give yourself the satisfaction of crossing it off your list.
Make sure you have a place to put all the things you’re getting rid of, i.e. throw out — charity shop — give away — take to tip — repair — boot sale — Ebay and so on.
Use the Clutter Test: If you can’t decide whether to keep an item or not, ask the following questions:
1. Does it lift my energy when I think about it or look at it?
2. Do I absolutely love it?
3. Is it genuinely useful?
If you can’t answer yes to any of these questions, get rid.
If you just can’t bring yourself to get rid of certain items, put them into a bin bag and tie it up. Write the date on the outside and put it away out of sight. If you haven’t needed any of the contents within 6 months, throw the bag away — without looking inside.
And finally … don’t forget to reward yourself. Treat yourself to something special for all the hard work you’ve done. If some of your clutter has gone to an auction or car boot sale or been sold on Amazon or Ebay you may well have some unexpected funds to spend on yourself.