Investing in your own personal development is the best investment you will ever make. But if you haven’t cleared your clutter first, you could be wasting your time and money.
I remember the moment it dawned on me. It was in 1990. I was in a workshop, learning lots of useful information about how to improve certain aspects of my life, and I took a minute to look around the audience.
As I moved my gaze from person to person and tuned in to their energy, I could easily see who had clutter at home and who did not. And I realized that the people who were going back to a clutter-filled home really wouldn’t get many benefits from the course at all because there was no space in their life for anything new. They had come to the workshop hoping to change, but frankly, their time would have been better spent staying at home for the weekend and sorting through their stuff.
Or rather, their time would have been better spent the previous weekend (or week/month/year) sorting through their stuff so that they could then attend the workshop and then be ready to put into action whatever they learned.
How clutter can hold you back
There are the physical items you can see, and there is also the energetic side of clutter — the stagnant energy that accumulates around it that causes a corresponding stagnation, stuckness and sleepiness in a person’s life.
Our homes are reflections of ourselves, and when the spaces we occupy are cluttered or disorganized, our lives feel the same way too. In the same way that it becomes more difficult to find things when you need them, so everything in life becomes harder and just getting through the day feels like a struggle. No wonder people who have clutter say they don’t have the energy to clear it!
But here’s the thing. When you finally give clutter clearing the priority it warrants, with each area of your home you reclaim, fresh energy is released into your life. And when you work through the backlog of things you need to do and bring yourself up-to-date, you become genuinely ready for change.
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Copyright © Karen Kingston, 2013, updated 2019