I just returned home from around three weeks of intermittent travelling visiting family and friends in around four different places. I think it is great when we can take a break from our living environments and really come back and view them with fresh eyes. I have been working really hard at developing good routines for leaving the house/packing up and then my process to get back on track when I return and I have found the last few weeks much easier to deal with than I would have in the past.
January is usually the month where I do a big clear out while the kids are on holiday for the new year. Over the past couple of days I have been thinking a lot about clutter – where does it come from? And how does it affect us mentally and physically? And the idea that our external environments can be a direct reflection of our internal environments and vice versa. Which parts of your house are cluttered and which parts are clear? And what this could mean.
I had a huge aha moment today when I realised that I work really hard to keep my house mostly clear and clutter free – except for mine and my husband’s bedroom. It is always very cluttered and messy. We have been living in our house for almost eight years and our bedroom still looks like we have just moved in, there are boxes of donations, things to sell, things to mend, stationary that does not have a home, old computer equipment then needs to be recycled and a huge amount of files that need to be gone through etc. Our bedroom is generally the dumping ground for the rest of our house.
Bedroom’s can often become dumping grounds for our houses because they are not often seen by the outside world. But this can have huge implications for our energy, health, well-being and romantic relationships. According to Feng Shui our bedroom is the most important part of our home and the space in which we spend the most amount of time. Part of looking after our whole selves is it to place value on our spaces that other people might not see but are equally as important in ensuring that we are living to our fullest potential.
So I am working on my bedroom space for the next week or so. I have realised that a huge problem is lack of storage, you can de-clutter and de-clutter but if you don’t have a place to store the things you need and use frequently you are back to square one!
What spaces in your home get cluttered quickly? What do you think this means?
(Photo: Joshua Earle)