~ Clear The Clutter ~

Written by Elizabeth McLean @ Health Wiz

Is your home full of clutter? Do you have an assortment of objects scattered throughout your bedroom, kitchen, lounge room or back yard? Clutter in your environment is a metaphor symbolizing clutter in your mind. If your outward environment is full of ‘junk’ your mental state may also be overloaded. When our lives and minds are too full it can lead to anxiety, confusion and reduced clarity about what we truly want from life. Our growing ‘to-do lists’ can be at the least irritating and at the worst down-right overwhelming.

When your home and work environment are free from clutter, the flow on effect is a clearer mind, stronger focus, and renewed enthusiasm for the task at hand. Of course the ‘to-do list’ will always be there, but this list is likely to be far less daunting when you aren’t fighting a paper war simultaneously.

By eliminating clutter and junk from your home, you also remove the ‘stuck’ or ‘old’ energy of each object. In Eastern Philosophy this is part of the ancient art of Feng Shui, in which one of the aims is to optimism energy flow or ‘chi’ within a home, office or public place. To improve the Feng Shui of your space in addition to removing rubbish and clutter, regularly open the windows of each room and allow fresh air to enter your home. Bach Flower essences, or essential oils such as lavender and orange (diluted in water) can also be sprayed around the home to aid in removing the stagnant air, or you may like to use incense sticks (simply light a stick and walk it through the house, visiting each room as you go.)

Unsurprisingly a cleaner home is a healthier home. Cleaning can help to remove allergens such as dust mites and animal hair from carpets, floors, ceilings, blinds and bedclothes. A clean home can also act as a deterrent for pests such as rats, mice, ants, spiders and cockroaches.

The process of cleaning and de-cluttering is good for the environment too if carried out with mindfulness. We must learn that ‘less is more’ to help reduce our individual carbon footprint and minimize the harm that endless manufacturing has on the planet. If you can adapt your own shopping habits towards a more minimalist approach you will be helping the planet and saving your money for a better cause at the same time! So ensure you recycle everything you can. Have a garage sale. Give away your excess clothes, kitchen goods or toys to someone in need. Think twice before you buy brand new.

When was the last time you de-cluttered your home, car or office? Whether it is spring, summer, autumn or winter in your part of the world, any time is a good time to remove the old and start fresh!


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