I’m the first to admit that I have had a tendency to collect crap in my time. Cutesy ornaments, endless kitchen appliances and containers, clothes on sale – make that anything on sale..
Let me tell you though that I have now entered a much more empowering stage of my life – I have become an expert declutterer!!
The benefits of decluttering are truly amazing and let me tell you why.
The more stuff you keep in your life, the less room you have for change or improvement. All the extra stuff you have takes up valuable real estate in your mind and psyche. Your brain keeps stock, categorizes and shuffles this inventory of stuff around in the background while you’re trying to get on with your life. Getting rid of this excess stuff creates a void that you can then use to attract what you do want, need and will use into your life.
Let me give you some examples of how decluttering can get you more from my own life experiences.
At the start of this year I decided to make some big changes in my life. I felt like I’d been stuck in a rut for some time and I was not happy with where I was.
I was looking for something to study that would further my career but couldn’t find anything that was exciting me. It all sounded too corporate, boring and no doubt would lead to more hours in an office. Blah..
That’s when I came across the perfect Online Business opportunity that I found with the Six Figure Mentors and it has been full steam ahead ever since – with the help of some major decluttering!
I didn’t even realise it was happening at the start. I started going out less and drinking less as I was engrossed in learning all I could about my new business which was a great start saving me both money and improving my health.
The Blueprint and Action Plan that was part of my business start-up really fired up my passion for personal development and that is when I first became aware of the benefits of decluttering.
I started with my wardrobe. Anything I hadn’t worn in the last two years, anything that had holes, stains or didn’t fit properly was out! I also did a massive cull on my shoes getting rid of those well-worn and somewhat scrappy looking shoes. I had clothes and shoes that I was keeping ‘just in case’ – in case of what I truly don’t know.
Next I moved on to various cupboards and drawers, ditching 6 pairs of ‘just in case’ old crappy sunglasses, old bills and papers, broken toys and games with bits missing. The kitchen was a gold mine of chipped and cracked cups and crockery, containers with no lids. I even had two electrical appliances that didn’t even work – all now gone!
The freedom I felt from doing these simple acts of decluttering was amazing; I made it a goal to chuck at least something out each and every day. Anything that would be of use to someone else I gave to charity which has an even greater effect as this then doubles it’s power with the act of contribution to someone in need.
I then started to look at the state of the things that I use all the time. I realised that my handbag was pretty old and crappy and really a bit grotty. Your handbag, not so surprisingly when you think about it, links quite closely to how you feel about yourself. So with much grace I thanked my old bag for its years of service as I emptied and disposed of it and replaced it with my perfect new leather handbag that I found for a great price on sale – I’m quite sure it was waiting for me to buy it..
Next up was my car. My poor little car had been quite neglected over the winter months and had started to sound a bit rough. I gave it a good clean and vacuum and had my brother check the oil – it was nearly empty! I now have it booked in for a service this week and I am feeling much happier every time I hop in it. I can see clearly through the windows and I’m not driving around with the worry that something is about to go wrong with my car.
Ok, so the decluttering thing doesn’t stop there. Some of the biggest changes I’ve had have come from decluttering some stuff in my mind. Yep we all have them, stories that bang around in our minds that we have created from random events that we have experienced or witnessed in our past.
Moving from employee to entrepreneur does take some shifting of your mindset. I became aware that I had some mindset and money blocks lurking around that I wanted rid of quick!
This is where my life coach came in and worked her magic. I had an open session with her where she guided me to discover what it was I was holding on to. Sure enough I found a couple of very unhelpful stories that I have now been able to dismiss.
Story 1 – Money doesn’t make you happy.
Well I quite clearly remember when I created this one and it was when my ex husband and I divorced. Of course it was the situation that was the source of my unhappiness and not the money however ‘Money doesn’t make you happy’ is what I locked in. Crappy old unhelpful story begone!
Story 2 – People who have their own business work long hours just to have it fail and make them miserable.
Again I know where I developed this story through passed experiences however I know this isn’t relevant to me for. I have acquired great financial and business skills and therefore have created a path that is designed for success which wasn’t the case for those who I had seen fail.
It was quite an emotional experience uncovering these stories and I felt a kind of heat and pain at my solar plexus that seemed to fade out as I released these old beliefs or ‘stories’. It was an experience like nothing I have felt before but the mindset shift was almost immediate and continued for some days as a few other stories managed to be let out from the same place.
The simple act of cleaning out my old stuff, cleaning up and maintaining my car and even purchasing a new handbag made me feel more successful and the path forward more clear.
All in all the decluttering that I have done so far has been transformational and things just started falling into place and moving forward with my business. New clients seemed to come from nowhere and help that I had been seeking with a few tasks suddenly appeared from sources that had been right under my nose all along.
So tell me, what can you declutter from your life? What new and amazing things could you make room for if you were to shift out some of the old stuff that no longer serves you?
If you need a bit more motivation, check out the video I recorded in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. Spring is the perfect time of year to make you want to break out of your winter hibernation and start moving towards health, wealth, love and abundance. Enjoy 🙂
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