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Chaos comes from disorderly thinking or a lack of appropriate planning. Clutter fills your life with meaningless “things” sucking up space and energy. Prior to the New Year, have a plan to de-clutter your life. Clear out your living space before you make your annual resolutions. It is likely by clearing out your home, you may not need those resolutions at all. You will know exactly what your year will look like.

To be effective, there needs to be a real commitment to how the clutter will be removed and how long this will take. As an approximation, I would suggest a maximum of 1 week per room.

Eradicating clutter, trash and what is no longer useful is a purposeful activity. Engage all of your senses and unplug from your phone and internet. Now I am not saying don’t answer your phone, what I am advising is be mindful of using distractions to avoid doing the task at hand.

Clearing and cleaning your home works on the physical, emotional and spiritual planes. It is not just cleaning; it is purification, a way to start fresh.

Reflect on this as time with yourself and your “stuff.” As you clean, become aware of not only what you have, but why you have it.

Michelle D. Smith
There are a few significant aspects to this process. First, there is no wrong or right way to clear/clean your space. Permit yourself the freedom to find out what works for you on every level. How long the process takes is flexible as long as you commit to completing the process. Pledge to clear every room. My prediction is after you completely clear and clean your first room it will feel so amazing, you will want to keep moving!

Be mindful in your clearing. You are not just discarding belongings; you are releasing what no longer serves your life now. The fact that something has served you well is indeed to be cherished and appreciated. Not everything will be discarded or donated. There are numerous items, particularly clothes, hand bags and household items you may be able to sell. Even a few dollars in exchange for an item that has completed its function and is now moving on to serve another is a windfall.

Listen to your own judgment and intuition. Be aware of what draws your attention, and how that item makes you feel. I certainly kept things that fell outside the three year window. Use your own judgment. The only hard and fast rules are does this item bring you joy and do you feel gorgeous every time you wear it or see it? If your answer is yes, yes and YES, then please keep that item!

Work on one room at a time, when that room is done, celebrate the victory, light some incense and revel in the new flow of energy. Great job!

So for a short overview of how I altered the energy in my home, I started in the basement. The basement has been associated with what is hidden in our lives. Even when we have a magnificent basement, there usually is at least one room that is filled with discarded stuff. Be particularly careful to clear and clean the corners of each room. Cluttered corners restrict the flow of energy, and freeing the energy in your residence is one of the side effects of truly clearing your space.

My basement still had junk from the prior owners. They actually built the basement bedroom and bathroom around things that could not be taken out without breaking the items apart. Luckily, I had someone willing to bash everything to pieces and we took out garbage that had been in my home for 15 years. The sensation in the basement was amazing, like the entire house exhaled.

As I moved to the first floor, I started in my dining room/office. There was so much paper that needed shredding, old receipts, business cards, product from ventures I never sold, all had to go. Again, I paid very close attention to the corners and threw away several bags of trash and recycled two bags of shredded paper.

My bedroom was more personal, with many more decisions. I cleared every space in my room. This included bookcases and dressers. All were cleared, dusted and waxed. Seeing my new space gave me immense joy. I have a full length mirror on the back of my closet door that has never seen the light of day. I cleared and cleaned that corner and closed my closet door. A Mirror! What! Now my bedroom feels spacious and loving.

Have fun with this time. I play music, drink some wine and usually pull everything out that needs going through. This can be the cabinets in the kitchen or the drawers in your bedroom. When everything is out in the open, you have no alternative other than getting to work!

As you move through your home, you will feel the flow of energy increase. Pay attention and work accordingly. The benefits of this process are quite astonishing and long lasting. My sister who has been to my house numerous times reacted as if I had gone out and purchased new furniture. She told me the house looked terrific, but in reality, the house was the same. The energy of the house had changed.

Be open to whatever secrets your home shares with you. You will receive a message upon cleaning your space that will be personal and unmistakable. Be open to receiving your personal message and then act on the guidance you receive. May 2014 bless you in more ways than imaginable! Starting a New Year within a clear and loving space, opens the door to attract more of the same into your life. This is vital to attracting a NEW kind of relationship, one the reflects who you truly are! Happy New Year!

Michelle D. Smith

Michelle D. Smith is a visionary who seeks to share her knowledge with others. Showing how to use both spiritual and social skills in being a better you is her goal. Acknowledging the fact that most are searching for both truth and companionship, she seeks to bridge those "needs" with honesty, humor and creativity. Join her on this quest for the "new". Innovative ways of thinking, nurturing, loving and sharing, creates a new YOU!

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