Creating a clutter-free home in life-change situations makes the transition easier.
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)
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.
Positive effects of the decluttering process
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.
The starting point of the decluttering/change process
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 want to keep.
Finally, we are able to decisively loosen our attachment to the objects and issues of our past which no longer serve us, and sort them out.
Why the decluttering process is especially helpful during life transitions
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.