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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
Omtimes.com 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
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