Why does the stuff in your environment have this impact? Here are a few reasons:
1) Clutter creates a physical block that prevents chi from flowing freely. Chi is an unseen, vital life-giving energy. When the chi can't circulate because of obstacles, it stagnates, making the space feel oppressive and stuck. Over time, you'll start to feel heavy and tired because you aren't receiving the benefits of fresh chi.
2) Clutter becomes a physical drain on your body, tugging at your attention and making you work harder to get everything done. Everywhere you look, there's something to see. Your body needs to take time to process all of that information even if you're not consciously giving it attention. This distraction slows you down, making you think and work more to get basic things done. (You can't prep dinner until you clear the counter, you can't find your keys until you dig through all the paperwork on the table...). It causes you to expend unnecessary energy.
3) Clutter acts as an energetic drain as well. This is the part I think many people overlook! In feng shui terms, everything is energy, even things that seem inanimate, like tables, chairs, and decor items. Imagine that everything in your surroundings is attached to you by an invisible cord. This cord is your emotional connection to the items, and it can get really heavy and thick when there's guilt, grief, obligation, or other deep feelings attached. Consider the energetic and emotional weight of all the stuff you're carrying around with you each day. No matter how organized it is, or how deeply you've hidden it, it's still taking up immense band width. It's depleting you on a subconscious level.
If you're feeling stressed and tired, or overwhelmed trying to keep up, it could have something to do with the stuff you're keeping! Take a look around and consider if the items you surround yourself with are necessary and useful, or if they're just an interference that depletes you.
De-cluttering may seem like a daunting task, but imagine letting go of all of the extra weight of your stuff. How much better would you feel? How much better would your home feel? How much easier would your day flow? What could you accomplish if you weren't physically and energetically drained by the things you keep? I can assure you that the benefits of curating your possessions can have a positive snowball effect that makes letting go easier and easier.
If you're ready to get some of your clutter out of the way, lightening your load and creating clarity and space to grow in the coming year, check out the Clutter Clearing Challenge that starts on Monday. Sign up today and join a motivated group following daily de-cluttering prompts in an online group format.
If you think you'd benefit from 1:1 support and accountability, Clutter Coaching may be a benefit for you. Schedule a no obligation discovery call with me to find out more.
If you're looking for clutter clearing inspiration, check out the facebook group "From Cluttered to Calm" for tips and tools to help you release and let go.