Clutter-clearing is modern-day alchemy.  It is one of the fastest ways to completely transform your life.

Denise Linn, Feng Shui for the Soul

There are different kinds of clutter: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Often these overlap – one type of clutter can cause another type of clutter.

Physical Clutter

Physical clutter is complex: it can be simply having too much to fit into your space, but that is not necessarily clutter. It is in the eye of the beholder, but if you do not use or love those possessions it is clutter. Some prime examples are clothes: ‘mistake’ purchases worn only once or never at all, things that don’t fit you at your current size, trendier items that are not currently in vogue or collections that got out of control.

  • Physical clutter also shows up as paper — magazines and newspapers, and sometimes books.
  • Junk drawer or places where you put all the stuff you don’t know what to do with, but can’t bring yourself to throw out.
  • Things you are storing for others (could be the family heirlooms for example).

Mental Clutter

Mental clutter is the stuff you carry around in your head:

  •  judging thoughts like: “I told you so” or “you’ll never achieve that goal” or “who do you think you are?”
  • endless to-do lists you are trying to remember.
  • nagging thoughts like: I should exercise more often. I shouldn’t watch so much TV.
  • decisions you have been putting off, jobs that are waiting to be done.

Emotional Clutter

Emotional clutter is a little different from mental clutter though it can cause mental clutter. Emotional clutter is when we do not release emotions after the event is finished; it is holding on to the past. Some examples are:

  • carrying regret, blame, and grievances from the past.
  • being fixated on fears so that it holds you back.
  • unfulfilled dreams.
  • people or situations that have not been released.
  • memories of how things used to be.

Spiritual Clutter

Spiritual clutter is when you do not honour and nurture yourself and can manifest as not really being present in your life. You might find yourself filling your life with mindless activities that do not bring you joy, holding on to belief systems that no longer serve you, or being in environments that are not supportive.

All of these types of clutter overlap to a certain extent though it is often not apparent until you begin the clearing, or the unraveling process. When you release clutter in one area of your life, it often has affect somewhere else. And when you make changes in your inner life – belief systems for example, it is valuable to physically change your environment.

Through coaching you can learn how to release these patterns so that you can step into your higher self, living fully in the present.


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