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Clearing The Clutter

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Summer is (officially) over. Well, it will be in two days. And what better time of year with the arrival of Fall, when leaves start falling off the trees, to get rid of ideas, patterns and items that no longer serve us or no longer bring us joy?

I’m sure you’ve heard of Marie Kondo’s book, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up."  When you are tidying or unsure if you should keep an item of clothing or whatever that you haven’t used in a while, you hold it up, look at it and ask if it brings you joy. And if it doesn’t, you give it away because it’s no longer serving you where you are now.

Whew…how powerful is that? Does this item/idea/thing still bring me joy? How can we apply that to our lives with those things or even ideas in life that weigh us down and no longer bring us joy?

I like to clear my clutter every few months or so, and while I remember where I bought that cute little vintage purse years ago or that other cute purse I bought only a couple of years ago, I hold it up, take a breath and think, is this still important to me now at this stage of my life, and if it’s not, can I let it go? And that cute vintage purse, while I like the memory of it, it’s not my style anymore because I’ve changed and grown and am at a different point in my life, so I can happily donate it to someone who will enjoy it and who will absolutely look amazing with it. And when we do let go of things that no longer bring us joy or fit into our new lives, we open up space for new opportunities and beginnings. 

It’s amazing how our things, not to mention emotions—any grudges, hurt, or upset--have weight and energy and can keep us stuck in our pasts and patterns. When we let go of them, we are literally opening up space in our lives, both mentally and physically. And when we are open, so many new and wonderful possibilities open up to us. Energetically, we’re signaling that we are ready for a fresh start and are open to receiving the wonders of the universe.

So start small. You don’t have to become a neat freak (unless that’s your thing and I can definitely respect that), but take some time, maybe even 15 minutes, to tidy up that workspace you’ve been letting fall into chaos or doing a mini- clean of your closet, or even calling a friend that you’ve been meaning to call for ages, but friendship works two ways so she could call you, too, and just pick up the phone. Let go of the negative judgment weighing you down or the closet that can’t hold yet another new outfit and ask if this attitude or item is still bringing you joy. And if it’s not, let it go. Let go of old habits, patterns, things, ideas that aren’t working for you anymore and open yourself up to awesome.

You deserve more awesome in your life!

A gemstone that’s great for staying organized is Fluorite and I use it in my "Life Reorganizer Bracelet". Fluorite is associated with progress on many levels, incorporating structure into daily life. This stone can overcome chaos and reorganize the physical, emotional and mental bodies.

Fluorite draws off negative energies and stress of all kinds. It cleanses, purifies, dispels, and reorganizes anything within the body that is not in perfect order. Fluorite grounds and integrates spiritual energies.

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