It’s not uncommon to think that your physical space when you are wanting to create change in your life. Often your physical world can be a direct reflection for how you are feeling – and what need to change when the things in your life aren’t working. When you are looking at your physical world, bear in mind that it includes all the physical dimensions that make up who you are and how you live your life, from the space that you live in, what you do with that space, what you do with time and how you look after your body.

Working on the physical aspect on you body as well as your external environment also involves asking yourself, ‘Where am I currently cluttered? Is my body internally cluttered? Do I need to be looking at what I’m actually putting into my body? Is that helping it perform at an optimal level from the space that I work in? Where is it cluttered? Where am I energetically blocking all the new from coming in? How is my inability to manage time related to how I handle change in my life?’ You’re about to find out the answers to all these questions.

The importance of creating space

Looking at the physical space you live in, operate in, think in and exist in is absolutely crucial to your process of change. You will come to realize all the old stuff that you’ve got piled up, whether it’s in your closet, in your office, piles of paper, friendships, and disorganization. If your physical space is out of control and you also feel out of control in your life, it’s a brilliant example of how your external and internal worlds are connected. So if you want to create new you need to let go of old. And that means stripping away, saying goodbye, letting go of people who no longer serve you, getting rid of clothes, office stuff and garbage — old stuff that is not only physically cluttering up your space but energetically blocking the new you from coming in. The new will never come in while ever you’re hoarding.

I’m a stickler for creating space and having an organized space to work from and to live in. I need plenty of room to think, relax and create and breathe. It’s taken me years to train myself to eliminate clutter and excess from its source. It’s become a ritual: when in doubt, throw it out. Learning to eliminate clutter at its source — finding out what’s driving your hoarding or cluttering behavior — is vital for keeping a clear mind and soul.

Creating space always makes you feel better physically and emotionally. Once you have eliminated the things that have been draining your energy you can actually feel the energy move back into your body.

A simple exercise

Look around the room you’re in. Is this an area where you are sitting that needs your attention? An overflowing wastebasket, perhaps? Old clothes? Piles of papers?

If you are like most people, you’ve probably been meaning to get to that clutter for a while – and the combination of negative self-talk (‘I don’t have enough time to clean up’ or ‘It’s too hard to clear out this clutter’) and visual mess drains your energy.

Your de-cluttering task

The objective of this exercise is to help you create a plan to de-clutter your space.?This de-cluttering means not only looking at your physical space but also your emotional, energetic and mental space – your thoughts.?Choose a thirty-day period and commit to writing a minimum of three pages every morning by hand. Hold this as sacred and see it as an opportunity to connect with your inner wisdom or your wise self.

Don’t worry about what to say or punctuation, spelling, being smart and creative or whether or not you can fill the page. Find a safe place to keep your journal where no one will find it and simply write. When you feel you have nothing to say just keep writing anyway – you may be surprised at what comes up!

You should also look at how much stuff you keep in your life. Work through the following questions.

How much clutter surrounds you? List five areas in which you have clutter.

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Do you work best amongst piles of paper? Y/N?Do you live best amongst a dirty house? Y/N?Are you afraid you may need that ten-year-old shirt one day? Y/N

What are your reasons for living amongst all this stuff?

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Lastly: a de-cluttering does not just have to be of tangible, physical things. It is best if you look at as the mind, body, emotion, energy and spirit level. So what one thing can you do on each level to de-clutter? You may wish to de-clutter your friends – as extreme as these sounds, sometimes we find we have collected a lot of ‘friends’ who actually aren’t friends. You should only have friendships with people who truly care about you, not just people who want to socialize with you. How much time are you spending on friendships that aren’t really friendships?

Your affirmation for creating space

Creating space allows me to feel clear and focused.