May 17, 2017

20 Ways to be Clutter Free

Got clutter? What do you consider clutter? Emotional clutter, mental clutter, or just stuff around the house?

One definition of clutter is something that brings your energy down.

The Merriam Webster definition is: to fill or cover with scattered or disordered things that impede movement or reduce effectiveness, a confusing or disorderly state. Middle English; clotteren to clot, from clot. First Known Use: 1556.

Some key questions to ask yourself - when I think about/feel/hold this item/person/commitment, do I feel light or heavy? Joy or sadness? Energized or tired?

Physical Clutter can be items such as belongings, papers, clothes, and mementos/souvenirs.

“Sentimental items represent love and memories, but those aren’t actually in the items. The items are merely reminders of the love and memories — and expensive ones too, as they take up a lot of space and energy and time. Instead, take a digital photo, put it in a digital slideshow that you play every month or three, and get rid of the item. This is something that it can take a long time to learn, but once you’ve learned it, you let go of your attachment to emotional items.” - Leo Babatua

Hypnosis is effective for:
  • Visualizing each room in the house/office/garden/car and imagine how it would look minus certain items, or how you wish it would look if de-cluttered.
  • Making a list of items you can release and items you want to hold on to.
  • Working with a trained professional for both encouragement and accountability.
  • Starting small. Success builds momentum - the more you let go the more you will be willing to let go.
  • Breaking things down into reasonable steps. This helps with starting small and eventually completing large organizational projects.
  • Allowing a realistic amount of time for each step. For example, one room per month or as Marie Kondo says "one category at a time." In this way you can relax and go through things at your own pace and decide what is worth keeping and what can find a new home.
  • This can also be applied to "virtual clutter" such as photos, emails, accounts, social media, files, floppy disks, hardrives, zip disks, cd roms, even what is stored in the cloud. It might be free now, but you will pay for it soon enough.

Emotional Clutter can be past or current relationships, parents ("if it's not one thing, it's your mother"), spouses, family members, lovers, past trauma, grief, or plain old stress. Personally, even reading on Facebook about divorces, breakups, pets dying, has added to overwhelming feelings.

Hypnotherapy works to:
  • Visualize solutions to problems in relationships.
  • Cord cutting in order to experience complete closure.
  • Chakra clearing to make way for new, healthy relationships. 
  • Change past stories of being a victim to being a hero of your own life.
  • Deal with parents or negative ancestral patterns.
  • Let go of unhealthy, outmoded coping mechanisms and replace them with new ones. Such as changing overeating, smoking, and never feeling good enough.

Intellectual clutter can be things such as procrastination, multitasking, getting depressed by online news, spending too much time internet surfing, video games, tv shows, social media, texting, phone calls, over-committing to other people's agendas.

Hypnosis is useful for:
  • Discovering your personal productive time in order to complete your Most Important Tasks.
  • Letting go of commitments - it is ok to disappoint people.
  • Learning how to tap into your personal sense of priorities.
  • Letting go of false needs and false approval such as being addicted to social media.
  • Creating deeply relaxing times to feel balance in your life.
  • Letting go of multitasking. Learn how to focus and simplify through guided meditations.

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