Do you constantly lose important items and spend precious time searching for them?
Does the thought of getting rid of old clothes—even when you haven’t worn them in years—send you into a panic?
Clearing clutter is one of the easiest things you can do to move your life forward. If you feel stuck in your weight release journey, get rid of your stuff to get back on track.
To become the lighter, slimmer version of yourself, you need to release the old to make way for the new. Have you heard the saying “nature abhors a vacuum?” What that means is as you create space by releasing clutter, the Universe naturally fills that space. Your energy field becomes open to renewed inspiration and expanded self-awareness that helps you live your best—and lighter—life.
Clutter Clogs Energy
Our homes reflect who we are on every level. Invisible threads of energy connect us to everything in it. When you hold onto too many things, especially from your past, your energy is scattered. Clutter also creates clogged energy that can dampen your mood. You may not notice how this affects you but once you let it go, you feel revitalized.
For example, have you ever noticed how good you feel after cleaning out a drawer or closet? That’s because when you remove energy blocks created by all that clutter, you raise your vibration. As your energy flows more freely, you feel lighter.
Changing yourself—including releasing weight—happens from the inside out as you change your thoughts and feelings. Change also happens from the outside in as you release objects that no longer serve your emotional and spiritual growth.
Here are three ways releasing clutter can help you release the weight:
1. You Feel More Secure
Extra weight on your body and extra stuff in your life often equal emotional protection. But the true source of your strength comes from within. As you release clutter and the security it provides, you build confidence. You feel more secure on the inside as you let go of things on the outside.
When I suggest my clients make clutter clearing a priority, I often hear:
“But I’m afraid once I get rid of it, I’ll need it.”
Here’s the thing: Holding on to something “just in case” reflects a lack of trust. When you keep unnecessary stuff around because you might need it “someday,” you validate feelings of scarcity and insecurity.
Expand your thinking. Trust your needs will be met. Stop draining your energy by holding onto old possessions to feel safe. Relax, exhale… and release what you no longer need in your life now.
Take your time and pace yourself. Start with one room, one closet, one shelf or one box. As you let go of your stuff little by little, you let go of that need for protection and begin feeling more secure and emotionally safe to also let go of the weight.
2. You Allow the New You
Ditch the “fat” symbols.
My client Marianne used to collect anything with hippopotamuses on it. Kitchen towels, pictures, t-shirts—you name it, she found it. It wasn’t until we explored this that she remembered being called “Hippo” when she was in grade school.
Collecting hippopotamuses subconsciously kept Marianne holding onto this painful identity. As long as she kept these images in her energy field, she was still that hurt, overweight kid. This stopped her from seeing herself differently.
At my suggestion Marianne began to let go of this collection. Remarkably, her identity shifted and she became committed to creating a healthier lifestyle. While she held compassion for the child she once was, she no longer needed to be that child.
Look with new eyes at everything you own. Get rid of anything that symbolizes a humiliating representation of being overweight. Get rid of the elephants, hippos and pigs. It’s not that there’s anything inherently wrong with these. It’s that everything you own symbolizes something about yourself. As you create a slimmer body, embrace those images that support—and don’t conflict with—your new self-image.
3. You Lift Your Mood
As a psychotherapist, I’ve seen the surprising results of clearing clutter to help relieve anxiety and mild to moderate depression. The simple act of clearing clutter—even a little bit at a time—opens energy blocks to offer some relief. As you release the heaviness of stuff suffocating your home, you feel physically and emotionally lighter.
Here’s a tip: When you feel triggered to eat for emotional reasons, take a moment to clean out a closet, cabinet or drawer. The lightness you feel afterwards can help minimize or eliminate that urge to eat. Try it and see.
Reducing clutter also reduces disorganization and the stress of not finding what you need. When everything has a permanent place, you feel calmer and more in charge of your life.
If you experienced a traumatic childhood or difficult times as an adult, let go of mementos from those periods. Even if something doesn’t seem to trigger sad feelings, the energy from that time is embedded in the objects and still surrounds you. Keep only what puts a smile on your face and let the rest go.
Keep Lightening Up
To support your weight release journey, make clutter clearing a lifestyle habit. Along with eating nutritious food and giving your body movement, make it a priority to clear the clutter from your home.
As you lighten your life this way, so, too, you lighten your mind, spirit… and your body.
Will you make clutter clearing a lifestyle habit? Start now and release one thing from your life today… okay?
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