EVERYTHING has energy.
I’ve written about this before.
You have energy of course, but so does your cat, the trees in your yard, your grandmother’s wedding ring, your couch, and even the boxes you’re saving in the basement have energy.
One of the things that I’m finding is more and more important for me is to assess whether or not the energy of an object is contributing to my joy or is draining away my “get-up-and-go”.
As I do a little analysis around the house, I’m finding that I have accumulated a lot of energy draining objects. I think it’s easy enough to do. For example:
- I started collecting boxes years ago, because I wanted to have the right size on hand to wrap a gift or mail a parcel. But eventually, the large open space in my basement was a sea of boxes, and my energy to tackle the project of downsizing was adrift in the midst of the chaos.
- I love to read and often I enjoy owning books instead of borrowing from a library. However, my interests change, and I’m left with a lot of books I will probably never read again, but I hang onto them “just in case”.
- Having a home-based business means storing all the paperwork associated with the business in our home. It means handling a lot of paper and filing a lot of paper.
- …and the list goes on.
Chaos and clutter can really drain your energy. But unfortunately for me, it’s not easy for me to just let go of objects—even items which have no intrinsic value such as cardboard boxes. (Now, I want to be clear, you’re not going to see me on an episode of “Hoarders”, but it is time to downsize nonetheless.)
Clutter is a drain on everyone. However, the more sensitive (aka intuitive, psychically aware, energetically present) you are, the more in tune you will be with the clutter. Kent and I have ignored this energetic drain for a long time, but we decided this was the year to take action.
We’ve identified all the “projects” around the house.
The definition of a project is that it is not reoccurring and it has a definite beginning and end. We have also limited the duration of working on any one project to a half day. So, if the project requires more effort than about 4 hours of work, then it must be divided into smaller projects.
The key to completing a project is to avoid “scope creep”. Clearly identify what is part of the project, so when your wandering eye sees something else that needs to be “handled”, you ignore that for today, and put it on the list as a project for another day.
As we donate, recycle, and discard items I feel a sense of relief. Instead of draining me, the energy in the room that used to be a catch-all for cardboard boxes now makes me smile. The room is now clean and orderly, as is my energy when I pass through.
One of the steps we forgot to do with our cardboard box downsizing was to take a “before” picture to compare to our “after” picture. So instead, I’ll share the energy of these flowers that are currently bringing me joy.
What are your thoughts on the energy of the objects that surround you?