Okay, I know it sounds peculiar to think of clutter as a teacher, and it might be difficult to see clutter as a gift, but it really is! Here’s why:
1. Clutter releases blocked energy. We get used to seeing the same things in the same places and after awhile we don’t even see what is there anymore. It is like having blinkers on in your own home. When you clear out a drawer or a closet that blindfold is removed and you can see things the way they really are. Suddenly that stuff begins to look more clearly as objects (and sometimes even emotions) you’ve been holding on to and decisions you’ve been putting off. Once you get started making those decisions, you can let go of that blocked energy. It is the best way I know of to feel lighter on all levels.
2. Clearing clutter is powerful. Because it does release blocked energy, on its own without doing anything else, clearing clutter can change your life. Among other things, as you sort out what is staying, it can teach you what you value most in life.
3. Clearing Clutter can make you more ‘mindful’ of the resources you are consuming because everything you own needs to be disposed of (eventually). Some people adopt a rule of one thing in, one thing out. It is mindful when you realize you need to make room for the new thing. It also encourages you to ask: do I really need this or is it a passing fancy? Do I want to add to the things that need to be taken care of, recycled or disposed of?
4. Doing a tidy-up and clearing out is contagious. As you work on your own stuff, family members often begin sorting out their own things as well.
5. Clutter taught me about living more simply. When moving from one coast to another, I pared down to the extreme and had to dispose of most of my belongings. As our things left and went on their separate journeys I began to consider the true value of all the things we had gathered around us. My conclusion was the true treasures of my life are the ones I carry inside me: not to say that my belongings didn’t bring me pleasure and comfort, but that most of them were replaceable.
What has clutter taught you?