It was a big struggle for many of my clients, so I started helping by giving them an action plan and offering coaching and accountability through the process. Let's face it. The heavy physical work of sorting and purging is daunting on it's own. Add in the hidden emotions that surface and the unease created when chi begins to shift and move again is unsettling. Left unchecked it can manifest as confusion, apathy and even illness, all of which will delay or even derail the process. Clearing clutter is a B----!
I truly believe you have to set yourself up for success with a manageable plan, help and support where needed, and most importantly, extreme self care! Here are some practices I encourage with my clients to help lessen the impact of the work and make the process a positive (yes, really!) experience:
- Seal your own energy field before starting - imagine zipping yourself up in a protective force field that will keep your own chi from being drained and keep out any negativity. It works!! Try it:-)
- Smudge the space and yourself after an intense session - open the windows and use some burning sage or a spritz of essential oils to carry away lower energies that have been shaken up.
- Take a salt bath or soak your feet in a salt bath after a session - cleansing, calming and rejuvenating. Need I say more??
- Take breaks to rest, stretch or go for a walk - Pay attention to when the work is starting to drain you, you're feeling emotional, tired, confused or frustrated and WALK AWAY!!
- Eat well, drink plenty of water and take vitamins - give yourself the fuel you'll need for the extra physical and emotional output.
- Consider keeping a journal during the process – note your accomplishments each evening and make a plan for the next day, and/or taking a moment each day before you begin to do morning pages or a “brain dump” so you can start the process with a clear mind
- Put on music, listen to a meditation or book on tape while you work - these will help keep you energized and provide distraction from the hard work at hand. It doesn't have to be a miserable process ....
- Diffuse an uplifting aromatherapy blend while you work – my favorites for clutter clearing include sweet orange, lemon, or grapefruit, lavender, chamomile, rosemary and peppermint. Try a blend that will calm and motivate you for the task.
If clutter is a struggle for you or someone you know:
Sign up for my workshop "Clutter: Is it Really that Bad?" on May 3, 2017 at SheBreathes Wellness Studio in Walpole.
Order my new book "Feels Better. Flows Better. Feng Shui for Inspired Living". It has a whole section about clutter and how to clear it!
Contact me to discuss whether a Clutter Clearing Session and Coaching can work for you.
Watch for upcoming Clutter Clearing Challenges and other on-line programs.