Happy, Healthy You – Decluttering for your Soul
Nowadays decluttering and minimalism are frequently talked and written about. My personal journey with decluttering my belongings and home has been an exciting experience that has nourished my soul. I will try to explain what I mean. I have always been a little OCD when it comes to organizing my home, but I recently noticed the benefits that decluttering has had on an emotional level for me as well. I first started paying closer attention to this as I would embark on different cleanses and juice or water fasts over the last couple of years. I just naturally would want to clean out my home of unwanted clutter at the same time that I was cleaning out my body of unwanted toxins. Afterward, I literally felt lighter and renewed both physically, emotionally and mentally. The process seemed to happen naturally, as I made a conscious decision to take better care of my body and my mind. Decluttering also happened in stages for me, like peeling an onion. I handled the easier projects first, by purging the belongings I was least emotionally attached too. As my emotional health has improved, I now feel ready and willing to tackle the harder projects in my home. In addition to decluttering unwanted belongings and organizing what remains, I have taken it a huge step further. It was more for me than wanting a home that was functional. My focus has been on creating a loving home environment that fills my soul and heart with calm, contentment and happiness. My thought is that I want my home to fill me with feelings of warmth, safety and comfort; a haven where I can relax, recover and flourish into the best version of myself.
I read confirmation of my personal experiences in Cheryl Richardson’s book Extreme Self Care. In a chapter entitled, Soul Loving Space she emphasizes the “power of being in a space that feels fully aligned with our soul.” She calls it “creating a soul nourishing environment” that will literally transform your life. She says when ‘we live in a place that’s crammed with too much stuff or devoid of beauty, it drains our energy leaving us feeling depressed, exhausted and unmotivated.’ She says sometimes “the most powerful way to create a soul loving space is to simply remove 50 percent or more of what’s there.” I am still working on that one, as it is challenging for me to purge. My current goal is to really dig into my overflowing closet and get rid of the clothes I rarely wear. She recommends we go room by room and 1. Examine our space 2. Evaluate what needs to change 3. Eliminate what we don’t absolutely need or love and 4. Enhance our space to be extraordinary.
I like her idea of handling one room at a time. I have done this myself, starting with my main living areas like living room, dining room and kitchen, since this is where I spend the most of my time. I then reorganized my cozy office/home gym into an open, decluttered space giving my bottled up creativity the opportunity to flow. I recently came home from my walk in nature so happy that I was inspired to use my neglected acrylic paints to capture the beautiful blue sky and trees. My soul basked in the feeling of joy and contentment in what felt like my private little art studio. With a willing heart and little effort, my home has become my happy place, my sanctuary. I sincerely hope that you too experience the power of decluttering for your soul.
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