I have just finished reading “the life-changing magic of tidying up – the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing” by Marie Kondo.
The reason I chose to read this book is that I already felt that there is a direct relation between the state of our environment (our house, room, office or car) and our state of mind. This was confirmed by a statement in my life-coaching course “a cluttered room is a sign of a cluttered mind”.
Have you ever entered a house and felt that you could not breathe because there were so many things around you?
Have you ever been in a place where you felt expanded and relaxed because there was so much space, although the room is not that big?
You might have heard of feng shui, which is defined in Wikipedia as “a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing everyone with the surrounding environment”. It is a complex science, but very effective to get the energy flowing around you in your space, hence helping you live better, sleep better, be healthier, have better relationships with others and even get the money flowing in your life! The challenge with practicing feng shui, is that it takes a lot of training and it has so many details, which makes it easier to hire a feng shui practitioner if you want to be sure of the results and of course this costs money!
Getting back to Marie Kondo’s book, where she explains her KonMari Method of tidying up. She gives us detailed guidance to sort out our space using a category by category system, and not a room by room system, keeping only the items in our house which “spark joy” and getting rid of everything else. Her aim is to do this only once and to start a system which if we follow we will never accumulate unwanted things in our houses again. Of course we have to simplify our lives, but this is excellent for our energy. Her clients have experienced inspired calm and motivated mindsets as a result of using her method.
I am a very organized person. I have used this skill at my house and work all my life. I am very sensitive to clutter. I understand the underlying need to accumulate things such as the need for assurance, and security. But this is exactly why people should NOT accumulate things, because the only way we can feel secure is from the inside out, and in order to get there, we should be able to sit still and calm ourselves down and meditate. This is very difficult in a house full of things which do not “spark joy”.
It’s a good exercise to look at your everyday environment and ask yourself how you feel. Do you feel constricted or expanded? You already know the answer. If you feel expanded, then congratulations, you are in the right place to prosper. If you feel constricted, then it is time to do something about it.
There are many blogs, websites and books which you can research to start having a clutter-free mind by tidying up your space, and I suggest that you take the first step of getting rid of the excess in your house as soon as possible. For example: