How to Take Control of Your Environment

October 21st, 2009

Are you in the habit of hoarding useless objects, thinking that one day, who knows when, you may need them? Are you in the habit of storing clothes, shoes, furniture, utensils, and other home supplies that you haven’t used for some time? And inside yourself? Are you in the habit of keeping reproaches, resentments, sadness, fears, or more? Don’t do it! You are going against your prosperity!
It is necessary to make room, to leave an empty space in order to allow new things to arrive in your life. It is necessary that you get rid of all the useless things that are in you and in your life in order for prosperity to arrive. The force of this emptiness is one that will absorb and attract all that you wish. As long as you are, materially or emotionally, holding old and useless feelings, you won’t have room for new opportunities. Goods must circulate. Clean your drawers, the wardrobe, the workshop, the garage. Give away what you don’t use any longer.

The attitude of keeping a heap of useless stuff ties your life down. It’s not the objects you keep that stagnate your life but rather the attitude of keeping. When we keep in store we consider the possibility of wanting. We believe that tomorrow we may lack and won’t be able to fulfill that need. You are sending a message that you don’t trust tomorrow and you think the new and better are not for you. For this reason you cheer yourself up by storing old and useless stuff. Get rid of what has lost its color and brightness. Let the new enter your home and yourself.

From The Principles of Emptiness by Joseph Newton

I found the above information after I started Clear Space. With both my counseling and spiritual background I knew the principles at work, which was why I designed Clear Space the way I did. Despite knowing this, I was thrilled to find confirmation of the benefits of my service on many levels.

My philosophy and desire is to empower people to take control of their own lives and environments. To give you what you need to not need me. However, in order to get you to that place, you need organizational skill sets, pattern shifting, and, most importantly, the confidence to know that you can do it. It involves developing new habits and new perceptions. It also involves understanding the principles of circulation (more on that it another article.) It is important to bring awareness to what is coming in as much as what is going out, which often means changing your shopping habits as well. For instance, someone struggling with issues of lack may buy things they don’t need or necessarily have space for simply because it was a good deal and they might need it someday. It is a trick of the mind. If you already have three tubes of toothpaste to use up, you don’t need to buy three more simply because they are on sale-you already have plenty.

There are basic principles to organizing.

  • Get rid of anything you haven’t used in more than a year or things that are wearing out(however you can keep the things that are one-of-a-kind or would be expensive to replace.)
  • Place like with like (i.e. keep office supplies together, gather your gift wrapping in one place)
  • When you are organizing something (like your bathroom) take everything out completely and sort into 3 piles: things you use often, things you use occasionally, and things you never use and should move on. Only put back the first two categories.
  • Everything has its place and should find a home where it makes the most sense.

Though not a complete list, it seems simple enough. The problem for many people is “Where do I start?” That question often overwhelms people and keeps them from making changes. I have found that it is often like a Chinese puzzle box in that you need to move one thing before it becomes apparent what the next move should be. Another problem is attachment and objectivity. Having someone, such as myself, come in and help you to make the first moves not only helps you to see your things in a different light but also provides accountability to make the changes that need to be made.

People often ask me about the energy clearing aspect of Clear Space. It is not Feng Shui, though there is a shared understanding of how energy flows or stagnates in a given space. It has to do with the things in the home but also has a lot to do with thoughts and emotions. We have all had the experience of entering a place that feels bad for whatever reason, maybe not even being consciously aware of it. Go into a space where couples fight a lot or where someone spends a lot of time being depressed, angry, or worried and you will know what I am talking about. The electromagnetic energy of all of those things, thoughts, and emotions collects and stagnates.

To address this I do four things, which I will teach you so that you can do them yourself.

  • Using sound (clapping, tuning forks, etc.) I stir up the energy that has been lying stagnant.
  • Then, using epsom salts and fire, I burn away the energy that has been stirred up.
  • Thirdly, I use a smudge stick of Sage, Lavender, Sweetgrass, and Cedar to further cleanse negative energies and replace them with positive ones.
  • Finally I use an essential oil mist to seal the positive energy and soften the pungent smell of the sage.

I guarantee that, even if you are not sensitive to energy, you will be able to feel the difference in your space after the cleansing.

I have found that by addressing the disorganization from all levels: physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually the changes are much more effective and long-lasting than just dealing with organization/disorganization as a physical phenomenon.

Of course, beyond all of that, the first step towards taking control of your environment is simply a choice to make a change. I can’t make that choice for you, but I can help you with the rest.

-Mark Mansfield
Phone: 480-241-8119
Email: mark@clearspaceorganizing.com

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