What is clutter?
‘Clutter’ can be defined as any obsolete object “that weighs you down, distracts you, or depletes your energy”.
It “is symbolic of your attachment to something from the past that must be released in order to make room for change”. (Julie Morgenstern)
If we consider clutter as being ‘anything that no longer serves’ us, the process of ‘decluttering’ loses its negative image. Instead of being the unpleasant activity of just throwing things away, it evolves as a powerful ‘change assistant’.
In fact, decluttering can be a positive and productive experience, an opportunity to learn about ourselves and our values.
We don’t have to hate our clutter or feel ashamed of it, we can accept it as what it actually is: a collection of belongings that no longer serves our needs but that was useful to us at some point in time.
We also realise that our clutter still must have some meaning to us today, otherwise we wouldn’t have kept it.
The starting point of our ‘letting go and moving on’ journey:
Before we declutter anything, we take the time to thoroughly evaluate and ‘understand’ our belongings.
We ‘study’ anything we own, but especially the clutter, and explore its former meaning and value.
Now we consider and decide what’s of current and future value to us. These are the things we keep.
Finally, we are able to decisively loosen our attachment to the objects and issues of our past and sort them out.
The benefit of decluttering life changes
Knowing for sure what we wish to leave behind because it no longer serves us, makes it is easier to decide how to move on and what to take along when we enter a new chapter in our life.