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Spring CleaningHow Your Clutter Keeps You Stuck In The Past
Although clutter is something that lives with you in the here and now, one of the reasons why it feels great to have a good declutter session is because most clutter is rooted in the past.
And by living with remnants and relics of your past all around, you are unconsciously holding yourself in that past, preventing yourself from moving forward in a freer present and towards a lighter future.
It may be a painful truth, but in these circumstances, you are the one moving forward with your life and you need to choose what will serve you best as you do that. You most certainly do not have to discard all your happy memories in the decluttering process, but do make sure that you ditch the guilt!
Decluttering is never a one-off. However careful you are not to let obvious clutter into your life, there are always going to be some things that evolve into clutter over time. So if you want to be clutter free in the long term and you want to live your life in the here and now instead of letting your clutter drag you back into the past, there's a really important skill you need to learn...
By developing an awareness that allows you to recognize when something that was once useful and valuable has evolved into clutter, you will be well on the path to clutter free success. The second step involves learning to thank that clutter warmly for its previous usefulness, and then to dispose of it with gratitude in your heart. In this way clutter is not the enemy, holding you back, it is simply a reminder that you are involved in the ongoing process of staying present in the present.
About the Author: Mary McNeil of Create a Space is an experienced, ICF-certified life coach who works with her clients on a variety of decluttering, success and creativity projects. Her 30-day home learning e-course: 'Declutter Your Way To Creativity' is available from http://www.Create-a-Space.co.uk .