What I know for sure is that when you declutter- whether it's on your home, your head, or your heart- it is astounding what will flow into that space, that will enrich you, your life, and your family. - Peter Walsh
There's something about after the holidays when I want to declutter and get rid of everything that no longer serves an important role in my life. This is everything including clutter around the home, office, internet, and mind. I like to take the time to clear out each portion of my life on a very regular basis, to only keep what's fresh around me to propel me into the future, feeling light and inspired.
It's incredibly hard to get the creative inspiration flowing when surrounded by junk, be it physically around you or in your head.
At the beginning of the year, it's the perfect time to get rid of any thoughts or ideas that weigh you down. Has something been nagging at you? Let it go.
Have you seen the "Invisible Gorilla Experiment"? It's a study on how we as humans can only focus on a certain amount of things throughout our day and in our environment. In fact, we condition ourselves to focus on the same things every day by habit and we miss a very large portion of what's happening.
For this reason, we can have entirely different experiences during the same event as someone else. We've conditioned ourselves to look for certain things around us. This is why those people who always complain, always have something to complain about. They've conditioned themselves to seek out everything that irritates them everywhere they go, nothing more, nothing less.
So for example, if you were dining with one of these people, they may start complaining about how the dim mood-lighting is preventing them from reading the menu properly. But from your perspective, you're noticing how beautiful the candlelight looks flickering against the white flower centerpiece. This is how each of you have conditioned yourselves to view the current situation. When all your days feel the same, as though they're running together, it's because you've conditioned yourself to pay attention to the same cycle of events every day.
What does this have to do with decluttering? When you declutter you clear your space of all of the little meaningless things that are taking away your attention from what you really want to be doing or having around you.
Have you ever seen that episode of The French Chef with Julia Child where her appliance (I think it was a blender or mixer) stopped working so she shoved it right off the end of the counter into the trash and said "Oh well!". I tried finding the episode to link to no avail but, this is how I imagine myself every time I get rid of something to this day. Sometimes, I even hear Julia's voice in my mind when I dump the bigger items. Ha!
When we clear the unnecessary and really pare down our possessions to what we love, we create so much space to allow ourselves to get inspired, flow and live positively. The light shines in, everything looks clean, and we aren't bogged down with the old. This doesn't mean we can't keep "stuff", it's only about keeping what we truly treasure. As you can see, a few of my prized possessions I keep with me- beautiful books, some of my vintage brooch collection and my vintage jewelry box that doubled as the ring holder in my wedding. If it's important to you, you keep it. If you can take it or leave it, leave it. Simple.
I've created a beginner's guide/checklist to help you get started on your decluttering journey. It's a free printable PDF and you can receive it when you subscribe to this blog! Head over to www.seamerias.com/blog and plug in your email. You'll receive the link to the free Fresh Start PDF right away.