We spend a large portion of our lives at home. Our home is our sanctuary from the outside world; it’s the place we should feel safe and loved. Our home should be a reflection of our hopes and dreams and be filled with the people and things we love.(emphasis on people not things) When you are clear about the vision for your life it is reflected in every aspect of your life including your living space. When things are out of balance and chaotic in your day to day, that is also reflected in your living space. I came to realize how much our home reflects our inner well being by looking at my own life. In order for growth to happen we have to be willing to take a long hard look in the mirror.
“Clutter is not just physical stuff. Its’s old ideas, toxic relationships and bad habits. Clutter is anything that does not support your better self.”- Eleanor Brown.
I would go a bit further and say that our “Clutter” is a direct reflection of our internal state whether it be our living space or our body. If you’ve ever seen an episode of Hoarders, then you can see how clutter can be a reflection of your internal state. But most of us will look at “those people” and say how did “they” let it get that bad and yet we won’t examine the clutter in our own life. Yet we will go shopping again for something that makes us temporarily happy(pleasurable) and add more clutter to our lives. I’ve learned that we confuse pleasure and happiness and by constantly seeking things that give us pleasure we miss out on true happiness. Once you decide that the up and down pleasure cycle no longer works and do the work to clean up the clutter in your own life, it opens up space for other areas of your life to grow.
“Barn’s burnt down-now I can see the moon” A reader emailed this bit of ancient wisdom to me and it stayed in my head for a long time. I like the notion that letting go of something, loosing something as seemingly important as a barn, clears the way for a vision of something unexpected and beautiful: The moon” – Enough Already by Peter Walsh
If you find that you are currently not where you want to be in your life, it cannot hurt to examine your living space and see what it reflects back at you. It could be the start of establishing a new vision for your life.