Hoarding | How Clearing The Clutter Will Improve Your Life
Being consumed by the collection of junk and clutter on a larger scale is a relatively modern concept, believe it or not. Think back to our ancient ancestors: They didn't have a supermarket or grocery store around every block or online shopping and malls on every corner. When life was a bit more simple, there was not hardly as many ways to collect excessive amounts of clutter and junk.
Feng Shui concepts suggests that there is vitality and a flow of energy called "Chi" or "Qi". The life force energy Chi or Qi needs to be able to move in abundance, freely in a space for it to help to promote happiness, prosperity and health. Junk and clutter creates a roadblock or obstruction and halts that flow.
Junk and clutter can be found in a multitude of places. A few super common causes of clutter are:
Clothing that you do not like or that does fit
Pantries & Refrigerators filled with expired or unpopular foods that your family just will not eat. Also food that negatively affects you.
Old Books that you do not plan on reading or reading again
Newspapers & Paper in general
Old Broken Appliances
Handbags, Wallets, Scarfs & Sunglasses
Attics, Storage Units, Garages, Basements
The list goes on and on.
Now, we would just tell you to throw everything away! Donate what you could, up-cycle, recycle, store of safely deposit the rest and that's great! But, that is easier said than done for a lot of folks and most feel overwhelmed and emotional when even thinking about getting rid of old stuff. So, what is the good in all of that?
Well, purging old unwanted posessions can be a truly life-changing thing! You are probably asking how? Especially if the thought of going through your things and throwing away most of it. Well, here we have compiled our top 10 list of why living clutter free is so beneficial to you, your health, your family and your mind, body and soul!
1. More Productive Days
Less physical obstructions and junk in your way like piles of old newspapers, containers with no lids and clothes that do not fit, will give you so much more time to do productive things! Nothing is in your way and nothing can stop you!
2. You Will Get Rid Of That Anxious Feeling
Clutter is generally made of things that are either unfinished projects that you promised yourself you would finish, things that probably need to be taken care of that you did not or have not wanted to face / confront or, just plain old junk (usually junk!). All of that negative energy and messages coursing through your environment, stuffed closets, drawers, attics, basements and garages are just like bad memories being stuffed away instead of facing it head on and dealing with it in a mindful way.
3. You Will Be Free Of Stagnant Emotional Pond-Water
Let's face it: We have all had those moments when going through an attic box to find Christmas decorations, when we run across a gift from past a relationship / romance that you were trying forgot about. Now you have a rock in your stomach thinking about it, replaying the details. Essentially, things you are holding onto that you know are toxic and keeping you stuck in the past. Releasing those old bad memories in the form of throwing away the clutter will make you feel more present and free.
4. Helps To Shed Some Pounds!
It has been scientifically proven that excessive clutter contributes to excess weight gain. Our environments are an outward mirror of our internal life and mine. When you break free from the extra junk, some pounds tend to break free also! And who doesn't want to shed a couple pounds AND have better mental clarity for days to come? I know I do!
6. Let That Creativity Flourish