What will it take to de-clutter your life?

Just for a moment, take a look around your space.

Do you see piles of newspapers, magazines, files or even bills crying out for your attention?

Are you thoughts full of mental clutter, a running dialogue of things to do?

Rather than start, do you just leave it for another day, another time?

The longer you leave it, the more the piles amass and then the task becomes all too big and arduous – until something happens in your life that triggers a change. De-cluttering your life is one of the most positive and affirming things you can do, so why not do it now?

Sometimes it takes an event to trigger a change. some events can be stressful, even traumatic, such as a death in the family. Other catalysts for change include starting your own business, having a baby, downsizing, moving, or children moving away from home. At other times it gets to the point where you just have to do something about it.

A few years ago, Rachel* underwent a stressful year – her long term relationship ended. Initially Rachel decided to chose to stay in the four bedroom home her and her partner had purchased together. Her main focus was to create an environment of stability for her 10-year old daughter.

Three years later, Rachel came went through the Soul Coaching® program. She said that life had become harder, she had a sense of darkness and heaviness around her. She felt as though something was weighing her down.

Now, you’ll find clutter clearing intrinsically woven into the fabric of the  Soul Coaching® program. We find that by removing the physical clutter from lives, it aids in lessening the mental and emotional clutter in our lives.

Rachel took to this aspect of Soul Coaching® with gusto, and as she began to shift the physical clutter in her life, her internal clutter began to shift as well.

Soul Coaching®  helped Rachel realise she was struggling with the up-keep of such a huge home, so the working single mum decided to downsize.

The benefit was that downsizing would enable her to buy a smaller home, free of a mortgage. This even would signal a new direction for Rachel. The only problem was how to condense the possessions she’d accumulated over a lifetime to fit into a brand-new contemporary two-bedroom apartment.

“Initially, it was really hard, because I’m so sentimental,” recalls Rebecca. “There were so many memories and issues surrounding these things. Also, I couldn’t stop thinking aout all the things people had given to me. The choice was difficult. Which one do I take? Which one do I leave behind? When I was going through this process, I realised I had to make a decision and just do it.

“What helped me get through was coming to the decision that if I had to give thins away, I would give them to people who really needed them. Even though I had this sentimental attachment to things, I do believe in recycling.”

Letting go of possession collected over many years can be difficult, so it’s important to acknowledge a sense of loss when you start to let go. Rachel believed her tendency to hoard things came from being the daughter of parents who had been through the depression.

“My parents never threw anything out,” says Rachel. “They’d say, ‘You might need it or you might be able to use this for something else later.’ But once I started getting ri of the first few items, even though it was really slow and hard and emotional, towards the end it was like, gone!

“Being able to break away from these entrenched values was very liberating.”

After selling her old home and moving into her new space, Rachel felt as though she’d created a new chapter in her life – more time than ever to spend with her daughter and friends.

“When I think back to my old home, the felling I get is that life was harder. I get a sense of darkness and heaviness, as the house needed so much work. I’d . I’d look at my surroundings and my thoughts were constantly filled with ‘things need to be done’.

“Now, I’ve done a complete turnaround. I feel as though I’ve cleansed my mind and body. It was lovely to have a sense of starting afresh: it was like starting out on an adventure. I forced myself to change. By choosing a smaller apartment, I could never, ever go back to clutter. I’ve learnt that I live perfectly wellwith a few things, so why do I need all these other things? All my friends can’t believe I’m now a minimalist.”

Rachel found that once she was able to let go of the things she’d held onto for so long, a new way of life opened up: a simpler, but far more fulfilling life. She began to think lessabout the things that had to be done and more about spending the time to enjoy her new life.

Are there areas in your life worth freeing up? You may find that once you free up space in your life, this may lead to areas you’ve been waiting to explore. Perhaps it could mean taking the trip of a lifetime, writing a new book, starting a new career, or even embarking on a new relationship.

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* Names have been changed

Michelle Chant sees clients from her healing studio in Canberra, Australia or works with clients via Skype

About Michelle

A Soul Coach and healer, Michelle is a sought-after speaker and consultant.

She is passionate about her Soul Coaching® practice where she helps burnt-out executives who have lost themselves to rediscover their passion for their lives.

Michelle serves as a mentor for Denise Linn's current on-line professional training courses, "Gateway Dreaming," and "Soul Coaching® Oracle Card Certification" program with Hay House.

Michelle was a contributing author in the award-winning spiritual anthology, Soul Whispers II (Soul Wings Press, Sydney), which was published in October 2010.

With a rich and varied background in the healing arts, marketing, public speaking and writing, Michelle is also a Chakradance™ practitioner (a dynamic, moving meditation to balance and harmonise the chakras.

Michelle runs a successful private practice using these tools to help people "rediscover the sacredness of their lives."

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