I absolutely love the minimalist approach to life and fortunately I have always understood the power of one’s environment and the impact of the environment whether positive or negative. From the colours of the paint on the wall, to the floorings, windows, aspect, lighting and general vibes of the workplace or home environment. It does not take long to realise what type of environment you are walking into.
Let’s look at an excellent definition of minimalism as explained by Joshua Becker, WSJ Best Selling Author Of ‘The More of Less’.
‘It is marked by clarity, purpose, and intentionality. At its core, minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it. It is a life that forces intentionality. And as a result, it forces improvements in almost all aspects of your life’.
The best way to truly understand the impact of an environment on one’s life is to watch the new series on Netflix – Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. The episodes show how Marie helps home owners shift their overwhelm and unhappiness into quality family time, less stress and more happiness. The home accurately reflects the environment as prior to the inspiring home makeovers when the house is a mess, the families feel burdened, overwhelmed, stressed and unhappy due to the oversupply and mess from items in their house sometimes to the point of hoarding.
After the home makeover, families feel lighter, happier and experience more quality time with their family and are able to invest their time in other areas of their life as they are not constantly cleaning, sorting and looking for their belongings.
Thankfully, I am not a hoarder therefore I have no trouble disposing of unused or unwanted items and giving things away to family, friends or charity which I really enjoy doing. In fact, I feel happier, lighter and more free by doing so. I was also able to use the sage advice of Kondo and found her expertise to be exceptionally helpful, making it far easier to find items with the added benefit of saving space. Being a highly organised person, I thoroughly enjoy helping others clean their homes and office environments also, there is a huge sense of satisfaction and joy that comes with doing so. Seeing a mess turned into a pristine, uncluttered environment is absolutely amazing.
Understanding the importance of decluttering your life, is the reason why I ask my coaching clients to do the same and they immediately realise the significant benefits of doing so. Clutter directly impacts the energetic flow of abundance into our life. As Dana Claudat, Designer and Feng Shui Master suggests: ‘Clutter often reflects life’s unfinished business’. In fact, research has proven that having a clean, organised home is a vital component of the wellness equation.
Significant benefits include:
- Improved time management
- Clean, organised home / office
- Ability to locate items easily
- More energising space
- Creates energy flow
- Reduces family and relationship tension
- Improves sleep
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Boosts productivity and creativity
If you are still not convinced, tidy up your own home or help a friend and experience the significant health and productivity benefits for yourself. It may just positively change your life.