“We are shallow because we have become enslaved by gross materialism, the glitter of gold and its equivalents, for which reason we think that only the material goods of this earth can satisfy us and we must therefore grab as much as can while we are able.” ~ F. Sionil Jose
We live in a world that encourages us to buy as much as possible, and to clutter our lives with “stuff.” Because apparently, the more stuff we have and the bigger and shinier it is, the more valuable we are and the better our lives will get. But is that really the case?
According to Leonardo Da Vinci, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Simplicity, not complexity, and I agree with him.
Here are 8 good reasons for letting go of the clutter in your life:
1. Clutter takes the life out of your life.
Since everything is energy and energy needs to flow freely, by cluttering your environment with stuff, and by refusing to let go of everything that no longer serves you, you create a lot of stagnant energy in your environment and you take the life out of your life.
“Clutter is stuck energy. The word “clutter” derives from the Middle English word “clotter,” which means to coagulate – and that’s about as stuck as you can get.” ~ Karen Kingston
2. Clutter says nothing about your value or self-worth.
The stuff you have, the material things you possess, and all the clutter you have been accumulating in your life up until this moment says nothing about your value or self-worth. It only says that you are someone who likes to gather a lot stuff. That’s all it says.
“The territorialism and desire to possess things comes directly from the ego, which strives to own and control things. Your spirit already knows you own nothing. It is a matter of realizing that your happiness does not depend on your ownership of things. They help you in your journey but they are not the journey itself.” ~ Karen Kingston
3. Clutter keeps you from focusing on what truly matters.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said it so beautifully, “You are not a human being having a spiritual experience. You are a spiritual being having a human experience.” Contrary to what you were led to believe, you are not here to gather a lot of stuff. Nor are you here to dedicate your life to serving and taking care of all your material possessions. You are here to know yourself – to learn, to grow, to love and to evolve spiritually. And by getting too fixated on all your stuff, wasting your time and energy to nurture and take care of all your clutter, you will have little or no time left to focus on the spiritual aspects of your life; no energy left to engage in activities that are meant to help you discover who you truly are and why you’re here on this planet.
“It was alarming, how humans could spend entire lifetimes engaged in all kinds of activities, without getting any closer to knowing who they really were, inside.” ~ Jess C. Scott
4. Clutter enslaves you.
If you look at your life right now you might discover that you are the one who has to take care of your clutter, and not the other way around. Surprise, surprise – you have become a slave of your clutter! The many things you bought to take care of yourself are now demanding that you take care of them. And instead of You owning them, They own you!
“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
5. Clutter keeps you paralyzed with fear.
When you identify with your stuff and all the clutter that has been accumulating in your life; taking your value and your sense of worth from all your material possessions, you can’t help but live in fear. You can’t help but fear that, by letting go, by giving some of your stuff away, and by de-cluttering your life, you will eventually lose your identity and your sense of self. That’s what attachment to clutter does to you – it keeps you paralyzed with fear!
“Clutter is a physical manifestation of fear that cripples our ability to grow.” ~ H.G. Chissell
6. Clutter keeps you stuck in the past.
Clutter keeps you stuck in the past. It causes you to constantly look back at what was, tricking you into thinking that the story of the past is the story of your life. And that you have to continue to craft your life from a place of fear and limitations – the past – instead of doing it from a place of infinite choices and multiple possibilities – the present.
“There’s memory clutter, which reminds you of an important person, achievement, or event from your past. I think memory clutter often gathers in the homes of people with some degree of depression. And then there’s “I might need it one day clutter, in which people hang on to stuff in anticipation of an imagined future. Among these folks, I’ve noticed a recurring theme of anxiety…Maybe it’s possible that the stuff we own and obsess over is the physical manifestation of the mental health issues that challenge our minds.” ~ Peter Walsh
7. Clutter keeps new and better things from coming your way.
When you clear and let go of all the clutter that is present in your life, of everything that no longer serves you, you automatically make room in your life for something new, for something better to come along.
“We also need to be willing to make room in our lives for the impending birth of our dreams. This might mean emptying our life of clutter such as wasted time, energy, resources, or draining relationships. These things can jeopardize our dreams by distracting us at a time when we should be more focused than ever.” ~ Christine Caine
8. Letting go of clutter teaches you how to live your life from a place of love, truth and high integrity.
The best part about letting go of physical clutter is that it teaches you to let go of all those unhealthy thoughts, limiting beliefs, toxic relationships and bad habits that keep you from living your life from a place of love, truth and high integrity. By letting go of physical clutter, you learn how to let go of all forms of clutter -mental, emotional, spiritual, relationship, etc., and you start to live your life in a way that makes you happy. In a way that makes you feel free!