The art of conscious unpacking

A home is not just where you live and store your possessions. It’s also where you anchor your energy and rest your consciousness. That’s why fully unpacking is so important.

Conscious unpacking

When you move to a new home, there’s always a period of disorganization that can feel mentally and emotionally scrambling. That’s completely normal. It happens to us all.

The quicker you can unpack your things and get them organized, the quicker you’ll be able to land your energy in the space. The problems start if you don’t fully unpack.

‘I’ll deal with this later,’ you may think, as you stash some unopened boxes in your attic, garage, or shed. And there they may stay, stagnating the energy of your home which, in turn, will cause a corresponding stuckness in some aspect of your life.

Conscious living

An important aspect of conscious living is creating a place for every item you own and keeping it in its place. This creates a structure that your consciousness can rest on. Your entire home becomes the equivalent of a chef’s mise en place in the kitchen, applied to your life.

This is a very different approach to housekeeping. It goes far beyond being neat and tidy for the sake of appearances or being organized. Your home is a reflection of you, so owning the space in this way enables you to land bigger parts of you, which in turn can help you to become all you can be.

Better still, after you’ve unpacked, do a space clearing ceremony to clear out the energy of any previous occupants and instill higher frequencies in the space to support you in your life. It’s the best moving-in gift you could ever give yourself.

How to unpack

Unpacking can be hard work. It requires making multiple decision about where all your things belong, as well as letting go of anything you no longer need, use, or have room for. With each item you unpack, you need to ask yourself:

  1. Does this lift my energy when I think about it or look at it?
  2. Do I absolutely love it?
  3. Is it genuinely useful?

If you get a YES to all three questions, then the final questions are:

  • Do I have room for it?
  • Where is the best place to keep it?

Of course it’s best to do as much clutter clearing as possible before you move home so that you don’t have to haul it all to the new location, only to have the extra work and expense of getting rid of items you do not need or want when you get there.

Finding homes for your things

Deciding where to store each item you unpack is closely aligned with the process of fine-tuning the direction of your life. Keep the things you are sure will be of use. Let go of any items that no longer fit with who you are or where you are headed.

There’s a beautiful clarity and alignment of purpose that can take place if this is done in the first few weeks of arriving in a new home.

Conversely, there is the possibility of serious stagnation if the unpacking process is delayed or stalls. Until you fully unpack, you won’t be able to fully arrive. Parts of you will still be in transit between your old home and your new one.

Reasons why boxes can remain unpacked

The most common reasons why boxes don’t get unpacked are:

  • They contain sentimental items that you never use or look at – you just like to know they are there
  • You don’t have the right furniture to unpack the contents of the boxes into
  • You don’t have enough space for any furniture to put the items in
  • You never get around to doing it
  • You are too busy to do it
  • You feel too overwhelmed to even begin

Whatever the reason, if days turn to weeks and then to months or even years, parts of you will be in limbo until you’ve unpacked.

An exception to this could be if you’ve moved temporarily from a large home to a small one and expect to move to a large home again soon. This may mean there are some things you don’t have room for in your current home that you want to keep for your next home. If so, create an organized storage space for them. But remember, if the move doesn’t happen within the expected timeframe, they will all silently morph into clutter. Be sure to review the situation annually to check if this has happened.

Copyright © Clear Space Living Ltd 2023

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About Karen Kingston

Karen Kingston is a leading expert in clutter clearing, space clearing, feng shui, and healthy homes. Her two international bestselling books have combined sales of over three million copies in 26 languages and have established themselves as "must-read" classics in their fields. Her best-known title, Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui, is now in its fifth edition. She is best known for her perspective-changing insights and practical solutions that enable more conscious navigation of 21st-century living.
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