What is Space Clearing Anyway?

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Space Clearing is about energy and awareness.  Clearing the clutter is actually the first step in Space Clearing.   It is about our relationship to our physical and emotional stuff.  Both can get in the way of what we want for our lives.  Most of us can relate to our physical attachments to our stuff.  It’s tangible, we know it is there, we can see it and we know how hard it is to let go of.  Of course, sometimes our physical stuff can be invisible too, it is in the back of that closet or under that pile and we just don’t really notice it anymore.  In some cases we might not even know what we have in those boxes.  That is “stuck energy”.  What happens when you start moving that stuff?  The idea of moving the stuff can be more stressful than actually moving it.   But starting to deal with it and move it gets the energy going.   And I don’t mean just moving the stuff around your place.  That keeps you busy but you are not really getting anywhere.

Space Clearing is about allowing yourself to take your time, feel your feelings and to be conscious about the decisions you are making.   I know this isn’t easy but give yourself permission to go at your own pace.  This might mean not being attached to a huge project, the end result or making a big difference right away.  You may recall me talking about this expression that we use in our groups “Small is Huge” which in clearing clutter as long as you keep at it, eventually it will make a difference.

Moving slowly helps you to pay attention to what is happening with your thoughts and your emotions and what is happening in your body.  Yes, this might bring up some tough thoughts and feelings but once you can feel them, notice they are there, allow them, you will notice that they will change and you will be able to let them go.  That is clearing!!!

This is one of the reasons I love yoga and meditation.  It allows me to focus on my breathing and helps me to have some space between my thoughts which helps me to think more clearly and gives me inspiration.

We can really only focus on one thing at a time, so what is your focus?  What is the one thing that you can pay attention to today and make one change?

About Kimberley

I am a Case Manager at My Sisters' Place which is a program of the Canadian Mental Health Association London Middlesex. My Sisters' Place is a program for vulnerable women. I love my job and all the wonderful women I work with. I am very honored to do this work with women who have been through so much and are so open in sharing their stories. I initiated and designed a Clearing Clutter Support Group which I have been facilitating since 2007 with a co-worker. I love running this group and learn so much from the participants. We offer this eight week program three or four times a year. I started my business Space For You in 2010 and work with individuals in their homes as well as offer some workshops in the community. I am available to speak to groups on "De-Cluttering Your Life", "The Magic of De-Cluttering", "Space Clearing" or really anything to do with clutter and hoarding.
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8 Responses to What is Space Clearing Anyway?

  1. Jill Robson says:

    Great post Kimberley, I love the “Small is Huge”, I don’t think people realize progress is progress no matter how small.

    • Kimberley says:

      Thanks Jill “Small is Huge” is actually a motto we use in our group because so many people don’t look at what they did, they just look at what they didn’t do and still need to do. 🙂

  2. Seana Turner says:

    I’m with Jill… progress is progress. I was just discussing this with a client this morning. He wanted closure; to be finished. But he was also “at his limit” for the day. I wanted him to celebrate all that thad been done, and trust that we will finish in the future.

    • Kimberley says:

      Thanks so much Seana, I know, it’s sometimes hard to just be with the process and also to celebrate what we did do.

  3. Sarah Soboleski says:

    What a beautiful post! I love the expression, “take your time, feel your feelings and be conscious about the decisions you are making.” I always remind my clients and myself that organizing is a process and not an event and everyone’s organizing journey is different.

    • Kimberley says:

      Thanks Sarah, I think I picked this post to share because I needed to be aware of my own process with what needed to be done in my home and life. Sometimes we just need to breathe and go with the flow!!

  4. Ellen Delap says:

    What a powerful post about giving time and energy for decision making. This truly empowers someone to let go of what is least important and cherish what is most important.

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