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See the metaphors in your stuff.

Clutter equals stagnant energy. In order for your energy to flow, clutter must be cleared. Your home should be a relaxing retreat that supports your body's rejuvenation. However, if it's piled up with too much 'stuff', it can make you feel mentally overwhelmed with all the things that you've been putting off but need to finish. This can lead to stress-related illnesses, chronic diseases, or exhaustion. The unfortunate thing about clutter is that all too often, it spirals out of control, which makes it easy to become overly anxious and stressed.

Start your clutter-clearing this week. (Remember: love it, use it, or release it.) Choose one room in your home and for every object that you see, ask yourself: Does this empower me? Does it diminish me? Surround yourself with objects that make you feel vibrant and alive. Release objects that make you feel tired, lethargic, or depressed.

Pay particular attention to the center of your home. This is an area that in feng shui relates to your overall health. It should be clutter free and clean (especially if it's a bathroom or if it's unusually dark). Another significant place is your front door, which sets the energy of your entire house and should be clear of clutter. Check that your door opens freely and without any creaking sounds. Make sure that the very first thing you see when you enter your home is something that gives a feeling of health and vitality.

Metaphors for Health

The objects in your home are invested with symbolism and meaning; therefore, clearing things out can have a direct effect on your psyche and ultimately your health. I've heard of a program in Scandinavia in which volunteers would go into the homes of cancer patients to help the patient sort through and clear out things before they died. However, it was soon discovered that the patient's condition often dramatically improved in direct correlation with removing unneeded items from their homes. This gives credence to the idea that when you clear your clutter, you improve your health.

Start small. Choose one area that could symbolically be related to your health issues. As you clutter-clear, ask yourself, If this represented something about my health, what would it be? Then as you tackle that area, recite affirmations to validate the health of that part of your body. For example, as previously mentioned, as you clean your windows and clutter-clear the window ledges, you might affirm: My eyesight is excellent. I have immense clarity in my life. You can choose the meanings for the metaphors you create.

Here are some more suggestions: If you have lung issues, make sure that all of your things aren't shoved together because too much stuff 'suffocates.' Clutter around the toilet should be removed if you have elimination problems. Do you have challenges with your mouth or teeth? If so, clear around the front door. If you want to drop extra weight, look for hidden clutter that's shoved into closets, storage units, or drawers. Keeping an item because you might need it someday is like your body holding on to excess fat because someday you might need it to survive a famine. Storing clutter for some potential future use, even though you haven't needed it for ten years, is a negative affirmation. It tells your subconscious mind: I never use this, and I'm okay without it now. However, I might not be okay in the future, so I better keep it.

If you have lots of things that you're keeping for this reason, this can be a self-fulfilling prophecy of a future filled with a lack of the things you need. Get rid of this clutter because doing so sends a powerful message to your subconscious mind that you will be fine in the future. It tells your body: You don't need to hold on to that weight to see me through a potential lean time in the future.

Many people report profound changes in their bodies, including dropping weight, simply from clearing out old, unused clutter.