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I’m great with putting my ducks in a row, but when I ran out of space for my files, my books and things, I realized, I really need to work on decluttering. Perhaps this is why life sometimes feels like it flows and then bumps and stutters. The energy around me was not flowing evenly. Recently, I had help from Niki Payne, a realtor, who is also an expert on decluttering and has helped dozens of friends and clients clear out their clutter. While I’m not a hoarder, I knew that I had lots of stuff that needed to cleared out, but over the years I didn’t seem to be able to get over the hump to do it. As time went by, I knew I should clean out, but I always had enough room to put things away until I could “get to it later”. When I finally filled up my basement and no longer had space for my stuff, I knew I really needed someone to help me. We all accumulate things as time goes by. You buy something that you think you can use later, we hang on to things that bring back good memories or make us feel good, or you feel it is worth a lot of money so you keep it. We keep things just in case or mostly for emotional reasons, like making you feel more secure. We become committed and attached to our stuff. Our commitment isn’t something we have control over either, apparently scientific studies show that the more we hold on to something, the more attached we become to it. Researchers gave test participants coffee mugs to handle and examine before participating in an auction. They wanted to see if the length of time people held the mug would have an effect on the amount of money they’d bid for their mug. Some participants were instructed to hold the mugs for a shorter time than others. It was discovered that those who held the mug for a longer period of time were willing to pay more than 60 percent more for their mug than those who held it for shorter period. Moreover, those who held their mugs longer more likely opted to keep their mug. None of those who held the mug for a shorter period kept their mugs. The conclusion is the longer you hold and touch an object, the greater value you give it and the less you want to part with it. Holding on to old things, keeps their old energy around us filling up the energetic space where new energy cannot come in. It is important to clear out things that are no longer needed or no longer serve us. If we want to move toward the future we have to let go of the past. The first step is to get motivated by writing down all the good things you will get from decluttering. Here are some things you can use to help motivate yourself: To manifest bigger things, the more energy you need to allow to come in. The more you declutter, the more you can manifest! Free yourself from the heavy burden of old worn out things that are no longer useful and just takes up space. A cleaner more expansive look and feel in your space will energize you. Help others while you declutter. Items that are still in good shape but are no longer needed or you no longer use can be donated to those who will put good use to them. You can begin with some easy steps to declutter. This is how we started to declutter my house. We began with having a destination for my clutter, which wasn’t necessarily the garbage can! Have a list of places where your decluttered stuff can go. If you don’t have a destination in mind for your decluttered stuff then it may not make it out the door. For example, here are some places your things can go to; recycling - I had January 2014 B Edition