“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” Albert Einstein
To change your home, you first need to change how you think. For example, you cannot clear out your basement with the same mindset that got it cluttered – no matter how hard you try, you will be overwhelmed very quickly. You have to shift your energy vibration first. How do you do that? Start by taking one minute a day and let yourself imagine what it would feel like to have everything cleared out and organized. What would your body feel like? Would you be smiling, laughing, jumping up and down with joy? Picture yourself walking freely through the space, see what it looks like with just the things you really want to keep and feel the relief, the lightness, the freedom. Practise that feeling for just a minute every day until you find that suddenly you’re packing things up and giving them to charity, and that your recycle bin is suddenly not big enough for all the paper you are putting in it. You will find yourself becoming aware of clutter and accumulated “stuff” that you just didn’t notice before. Once you shift your consciousness, you will naturally and easily move into action.
Ways to start:
Set a time each day to clear out the old.
Take time each day – 15 minutes (or even 5 minutes!) a day can work miracles – to go through your home and clear things out. Cleaning one drawer a day can change your life. Truly. What papers do you have piled on counters or in cupboards? Keep only what you love and use. Do the most thorough purge you can. Be simultaneously gentle and ruthless. You will make room for new energy to come to you.
Have boxes and bags ready in advance for sorting. Group items for charity, things to sell, things to pass on to people you know and things to simply put out with the garbage. Take full containers for charity to your car right away so that you can take them to your nearest drop-off location.
Practice gratitude and release.
With each item you clear away, give thanks for having had it, and let it go. Give thanks for it leaving you and opening space for new energy to come in.
An old joke with a good message for when you feel overwhelmed:
Q. How do you eat an elephant?
A. One bite at a time.
GOLDEN RULE OF HOUSEHEAL: TAKE ACTION ONLY FROM A PLACE OF FEELING GOOD!