As I spend this week clearing my desk of the piled up papers and bring semblance of normality to my office, I’m ready for the next big project; decluttering my home. It is an area of neglect for most folks in America, Canada and England, yet it is the first thing I recommend to all my clients who want to positively change their financial situation. Yes, having an over stuffed house full of things does cause financial problems. Don’t believe me? I don’t blame you, but it is true.
I’ve tested this principle in my own life for over 20 years as well as the lives of my clients. Being trained as a scientist, I have proven this system not only to myself, but over 356 families have used it and found the positive impact it made in their lives. I continue to use the system of “decluttering” to maintain my financial freedom. It is that powerful and profitable!
So, now that my book is sent off to the readers, my desk’s surface is visible, and all my papers filed, I’m headed to the far corners of my house to start the process of decluttering. This is a semi-annual event for me because I know it keeps me sane, my family sane and my money in my savings account.
How? Easy. I know where everything is.
By decluttering my home twice a year and getting rid of everything that doesn’t serve me and my family, I am in the wonderful position of knowing where all my stuff is. Because of this, I have the added benefit of cabinets that actually have space between shelves and storage areas in the garage that are unused. All this despite the fact that I have a home-based publishing business, 546 boxes of girl scout cookies in my garage and four children with all their collections and stuff.
By creating space in our lives physically, we create mental space in our minds. This space can then be used to be more creative, less distracted and give clarity in life. When I am stuck mentally, and trust me as a professional writer this happens, I go into a closet and start clearing it out and organizing it. Or I grab the first drawer that has “too much” in it and start divesting it of items. This system always clears my mind, my physical space and opens up room for the creative heart to sing.
What does this have to do with finances? Simple. As you clear out possessions, you will be clearing out old thought patterns. You’ll see how much you have changed. Or you will see how much you have stayed the same. It is up to you to label the change (or lack thereof) as good or bad. The point is, clear stuff out of your life that is no longer a part of your life.
If an item isn’t serving your joy, if the item doesn’t make you happy when you look at it, please don’t keep it around. Now, if you are in a state of grief, I recommend you wait a bit before you throw out family heirlooms. But if you’re like me, just trying to clean out your home of unwanted stuff, I recommend you schedule an appointment with yourself and get started decluttering!
As one of my student’s asked, “But Ms. Bolon, you still haven’t told me how it helps me financially!” Here’s the secret sauce. It helps you financially by showing you what you no longer want in your life. By clearing out your home you are given the gift of clarity and focus. A tidy home will give you a gift. A gift that says, “My darling, you are worth the time. You are worth the money.” This gift brings a state of calm and joy that is deep. From that place of joy is the answer to your financial troubles. This tidy home will give you the necessary space and energy to solve the problems you face.
Tomorrow, I’ll post on the “How to Declutter Your Home.” But for today, make the decision to declutter and put it on your calendar.
Janine Bolon, Fool & Founder of The8Gates, writes your story so you can live the life you want. Find out how she does it here: http://the8gates.com/old/contact/