Do you view clutter clearing as a tiresome chore? Think again. It’s awakening! Clutter clearing changes the energy of your home and brings about corresponding changes in your consciousness too.
When Richard and I lived in Malvern, England, there was a man who sometimes shopped in our local Waitrose supermarket who would get very frustrated by people dawdling in the aisles. In a booming voice that wouldn’t be out of place on a Shakespearian stage, he would chide them with comments such as ‘Wakey wakey!’ and ‘Oh dear, mustn’t move too quickly, I might wake myself up!’ He did this so loudly that everyone in the store could hear.
He was cheerful, well dressed, looked perfectly normal, and was either happily deranged or super intelligent and somewhat eccentric. Either way, he was able to maintain an awareness of his surroundings while most people around him had sunk into supermarket stupor. They quickly got out of his way, allowing him to shop and leave in record time.
Clutter is unconscious
I must admit I welcomed the effect his comments had and felt a certain empathy with him. My Clear Your Clutter book, after all, is intended to give people a similarly awakening jolt – not about shopping, but about clutter. What he and I share in common, in our different ways, is addressing people’s unconsciousness in their daily lives.
Clutter, by its very definition, is unconscious. It consists of things not dealt with, hidden away in cupboards and in the closets of our minds and emotions. Tackling it requires a conscious decision to break through the sleepy layers to confront it, deal with it, and move on. As Carl Jung so famously said, ‘Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.’
Clutter clearing my cupboard
To further explain the connection between consciousness and clutter, here’s something I once wrote after doing some clutter clearing myself:
I’m sitting here looking at a trash bin full of things I’ve just cleared out from an office cupboard containing three shelves and two drawers. The bin is full of out-of-date catalogs, software manuals, and the like.
I’m reflecting on how I feel as I sit here. I feel a bit grubby, especially my arms and hands. It’s not just the feeling that comes from handling objects that are a bit dusty. There’s something more. I feel covered in the sticky residue of stagnant energy that collects around clutter. A quick wash of my hands will clean it all away.
Now I’m tuning in to the cupboard I cleared, which is across the room from where I’m sitting. Everything in there is ordered now and only contains items that are current and useful. Even though the door is closed, I can remember every object that’s inside it, as if I have X-ray eyes. I remember what each thing feels like to touch. I remember exactly where I placed it and the other similar items I placed alongside it. It’s all still very fresh in my memory.
I particularly enjoy the empty spaces around the objects, which used to be so full. Air and energy can now circulate in there and there is room for new things to come in. New possibilities can open in my life.
This leads me to realize that the energy inside the cupboard feels twinkling. It feels bright, clear and ready for action. And I feel twinkling too, as if sorting and cleaning out the cupboard has sorted and cleaned something inside me too. It’s not the cupboard that is ready for action. It’s me.
Also very interesting is how illuminated this cupboard is in my consciousness compared to all the other cupboards in my home, as if it’s in vivid colour and the rest are insipid greys. I notice that when I cast my perception around, the next most lit-up area is a drawer in my bedroom, the last area I clutter cleared a week or so ago. Both places seem so much brighter than the rest, so much more vital and alive. That’s why, for me, clutter clearing is never a chore. It’s a treat I always look forward to.
Copyright © Karen Kingston 2012, updated 2021
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