By Lily Friedman
“When we clear the physical clutter from our lives, we literally make way for inspiration and ‘good, orderly direction’ to enter.”- Julia Cameron
You don’t need to have a messy home to have clutter in your life, the accumulation of unnecessary things that don’t facilitate meaning. The problem with holding onto material objects that aren’t meaningful, whether you know it or not, is that these items create a messier life. And determining what stuff isn’t meaningful and how to rid these objects from your space can make profound positive changes when it comes to energy, your connection to the self and enhancing moments of ‘awe’.
Scouring the internet each week as the social media marketer here at The Sanity Snack, I’m on a mission to deliver some of the best wellness and self-improvement advice on the web to our followers.
That’s right, you guessed it. By the end of this week’s Wellness Roundup, we’ll have you decluttering your life and making room for those moments (and objects) of meaning.
Decluttering Your Life by Decluttering Your Home
The unnecessary stuff in our home can keep us static in life. Since our home is a mental and emotional energetic extension of ourselves, we are reflected everywhere in it, including the things we possess. When we declutter our homes, we literally let go of parts of ourselves- but sometimes it’s time for those parts to go to make room for others.
Unlike going to an energy healer, yoga class, acupuncturist or another healing modality, decluttering your home takes some serious energy work. And it’s powerful, alright. Intuitive life coach Tisha Morris talks all about decluttering life in her article, ‘Decluttering Your Life: How The Stuff in Your Home is Keeping You Stuck in Life (And What to Do About It)’ on Conscious Lifestyle Magazine.
“In all my work in the holistic arts, I have found decluttering your life to be the quickest way to make profound changes. You are literally removing old, stagnant energy to make space for new, fresh energy. For example, if you’ve been sending out résumés and going to job interviews, decluttering your home office space will expedite the process. After creating space, new energy in the form of phone calls and job offers can now come in,” Morris explains.
Morris also talks about the unconscious shadows in your closet, the fear that breeds in empty space and the ways in which you can use home organization as a manifesting tool to attract more of what you want in life. Some things to think about: How is your home not in alignment with what you want? What needs to go? What is stuffed, cramped, outdated? Where can you provide better home organization? What would be a better representation of you? Are you in a transitional space that is currently serving you during a transitional time, or do you desire more permanence?
The Deal with Collecting
So we just talked about decluttering our home, but how exactly do we know what constitutes ‘clutter’ versus meaningful possessions? Well, The Minimalists Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus have an insightful discussion about the differences between ‘curating’ and ‘collecting’ in their podcast episode ‘146| Curation’ of The Minimalists Podcast.
“I think one way to describe minimalism is- minimalism is a well curated life,” Millburn says. Curation is more of a deliberate collection of objects, information, skill etc. which adds value to your life and helps create balance. “Collecting is an impulse, but curation is a skill; and, when developing any skill, you need practice, and, sometimes, a mentor as well,” they share. Rather than being proud of the possessions you collect, you should be proud of your creations. Because focusing on collecting objects doesn’t create a meaningful life the same way your positive curations do.
The Minimalists also explore the ways in which a sense of ownership relates to curation. They talk of ‘just renting’- the idea that everything you physically possess in life is only rented since you can no longer ‘own it’ once you die. So is ownership just a concept then? And if ownership is just a concept, how truly meaningful are the physical objects in our life?
You don’t have to buy stuff in order to remember an experience like bringing back a souvenir, for instance. “The memories aren’t in the things, they’re in us. The good memories just stick,” Millburn says. Saying something is ‘special’ or ‘precious’ isn’t a good enough reason to keep something around, either. In order to decipher between the items worth keeping, it’s important to identify what kind of meaning it creates for your life. The goal is to curate, not to collect.
Creating Space That Facilitates Moments of Meaning
Moments of meaning are associated with experiencing profound connections to something bigger than yourself. While spiritual rituals, spending time in nature, and meditating at home are a few ways we can realign the inner self, by creating space that facilitates moments of meaning, we can also reconnect with what’s beyond us, enhancing the feeling of ‘awe’.
International wellness speaker and retreat leader Eric Rachel Doppelt shares techniques to cultivate strong moments of meaning into your life. In the article ‘11 Ways To Create Spaces That Facilitate Moments Of Meaning’ on mindbodygreen.com, Doppelt says you should draw on the five elements of earth, fire, water, air, and ether to create meaning in your space. “These elements appeal to our intuitive nature and natural connection to the world, and they’re said to appeal to all parts of a person’s personality,” she explains.
Doppelt also suggests other strategies such as seeking out natural light, listening to calming sounds and more. But most importantly, “Be open to deepening your connection to yourself, others, and the world around you. Know that when you seek and share from goodness and authenticity, there is a ripple effect allowing every person around you to also connect in a good and authentic manner.”