November 21, 2016 GingerGoose Boutique 7Comment

       This morning I awoke with a cluttered mind, filled with worry and muddled thoughts. I fought to clear my mind, to push all my racing thoughts away. A huge part of me just wanted to stay in bed today. We all have those days, and some of those days it’s best to just stay in bed, today wasn’t one of those. I knew I needed to get up and do something to help organize my thoughts. I’ve found that sometimes the only way we can start to declutter our mind is to declutter our physical space. This creates more breathable space for ourselves, it starts a process of thinking that we need to be in. So I set to work on my shelves, my dresser, and my many stacks of mail and papers. As I moved through each stack of items I found myself becoming calmer, my thoughts slowing down. Maybe it was my refocus or maybe it was the physical activity of clearing through things but it was transforming into a therapy for me. I needed to create space for my creativity to flow and for my mind to find a peaceful spot. An organized space helps us feel more in control, it empties out physical areas of chaos allowing our minds to transform that energy inward. 

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       I was able to make this space mine again and in doing that it presented satisfaction and power back to me. This power gave me the opportunity to take control of my thoughts. I spent the rest of the day sketching, painting, and coloring allowing my emotions to flow out of me through artistry. This helped me remain calm throughout the day, even though I had worries floating in my mind, it gave me time to process my racing thoughts. We can many times find ourselves overwhelmed with thoughts, stress, and worry and we in turn result to ‘stuck mode’, this is how I felt when I woke today. I didn’t know what to do with everything that was on my mind. I needed to find a way to work through it physically and to make myself move. Productivity can be therapeutic. For me today was about clearing space. Since I was struggling to clear my mind, I started by clearing my physical space creating an environment to move forward in. Sometimes we need to start on the outside to work towards inner peace. 

“Clutter is not just the stuff on your floor – It’s anything that stands between you and the life you want to be living.” ~ Peter Walsh

7 thoughts on “Why Decluttering Your Physical Space is Important for Decluttering Your Mind

  1. I, too, find cleaning my apartment helps clear my mind. I never really thought about why, though. You’re probably right that it helps because we feel in control and that it reduces chaos.

  2. I totally agree! My 3 year old will enter the house when it’s clean and say “it looks so beautiful”, “this is so great”. Even she can tell the difference it makes. I love decor, so I have a hard time keeping things de-cluttered. I’m working on it though….

  3. I agree! I’m busy decluttering and refocusing for the new year. I’m moving, so that makes it particularly easy. It’s the perfect time to get rid of anything I no longer use and donate it to someone who will!
    erin | sandsunandmessybuns.com

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