Clutter is not just physical stuff. It’s old ideas, toxic relationships and bad habits. Clutter is anything that does not support your better self.” Eleanor Brownn
No doubt you have all seen those programmes on TV where a professional cleaning team come in and sort out the junk and clutter of a different person’s house each week. The problem is, that unless the underlying reason for the clutter is addressed, the clutter will just escalate again, because usually the cutter is not just a physical problem. There is usually something else that is causing the person to want to collect stuff around them. It could be defined as unnecessary stuff that prevents us from having clarity on some level. There are emotions around collecting it and emotions around letting it go. The emotions could be of fear of letting go, or not having enough; of loss or grief; of scarcity and lack; of safety issues where I need to feel protected; of anger to do with control issues.
There are a whole heap of questions that we can ask to get clarity to help people seeking help to find out things like, “how does the clutter serve me?” It must have some upside or we wouldn’t hang on to these things. As with so many things in life, there are limiting beliefs around clearing clutter, like: “ I won’t be safe without it,” especially if we have tried to get rid of it in the past and we were out of our comfort zone and soon after the clutter started to appear again. There are a lot of questions around how we feel about our clutter that can help uncover the original reasons for starting to allow this stuff to accumulate. Those feelings could be shame, overwhelm, anxiety and lots more.
Enjoy getting to the bottom of your clutter habit!