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Out with the old ...

Updated: Jan 22

As I have grown older, the New Year has become one of my favourite times of year: I’m not talking about the celebrations - the fireworks, the partying, or Auld Lang Syne - but what immediately follows. There is a coolness to the new year, akin to a fresh breeze. It cuts the cord between itself and the past year unapologetically, presenting us all with a clean break.

But the new year needn’t be something that happens to you. It is a great opportunity to become involved and active with its magic, make changes, and cut a few cords yourself. With 2024 before you, now is the perfect time to declutter and clear out the physical and mental spaces in your life. This intentional act goes beyond just tidying up; it brings a multitude of benefits that can positively impact your well-being and create a more harmonious environment. Over the last five months, I have taken 140 tarot and oracle decks to a local secondhand store, followed closely by 200 books. Yesterday, while my partner fell under the spell of The Lion King, I lovingly filled a bin bag full of clothes for charity. I have noticed that creating space not only affected my physical surroundings, providing room to breathe: it was a magical activity that benefited my mind too. Consider these positive effects of declutterring for your new year:

  • Clearing out physical clutter can lead to mental clarity. A tidy space promotes a calm and focused mind, allowing you to start the year with a fresh perspective and a clearer vision of your goals.

  • A clutter-free environment reduces distractions, making it easier to concentrate and be more productive. By organizing your space, you create a conducive atmosphere for efficient work and creativity.

  • Clutter has been linked to increased stress levels. As you eliminate unnecessary items and organize your surroundings, you’ll likely experience a significant reduction in stress, contributing to a healthier and happier lifestyle.

  • An organised space can foster creativity. When your surroundings are free from chaos, your mind is more open to new ideas and innovative thinking. Use the new year as an opportunity to unleash your creative potential.

  • According to feng shui principles, clutter obstructs the flow of positive energy. By decluttering, you create a space where energy can circulate freely, promoting a more positive and harmonious atmosphere in your home or workspace.

Incorporating a decluttering ritual into your new year’s routine is more than just a trend; it’s a transformative practice with far-reaching benefits. By moving things you no longer need on, you can pave the way for a more focused, productive, and fulfilling year ahead. So, let go of the old to make room for the new – both in your physical surroundings and in your life’s journey!

© Steven Bright 2023

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Dec 28, 2023

Thank you for sharing this. I needed to hear this. ❤️❤️


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Steven I love this. As you know, I've gotten rid of many decks over the last 3-4 years--books as well. And I'm embarrassed by the number of clothes I've given away to friends or charity! But it does simplify one's immediate visual landscape as well as giving the mind more freedom. I do wonder about books: I have some tarot books that I use regularly but I also think that having a cross-section is helpful even if only to keep an open perspective. Do you feel this way also? All the best to you and your loved ones now and in the coming years. Sally

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