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How to Use This Mindfulness Invitation to Better See Your Clutter

Are you at the point where you have clutter in your life, but you no longer see it? Have you become clutter blind? Yet even though you may not notice the clutter, you can feel its weight and burden. There's a nagging sense that your "stuff" needs to be decided on and edited, but just not yet. Clutter decisions are on your "someday" list.

With one of the guided mindfulness practices that I do, Jon Kabat-Zinn explains that the meditation can be done in a seated or lying down position. A goal of mindfulness meditation is to remain aware, alert, and awake. Kabat-Zinn cautions that one of potential downsides of meditating while lying down is that you can easily fall asleep. To encourage our awareness, he invites us to "fall awake."

With this idea in mind, I invite you to "fall awake" too. Instead of postponing decisions and remaining clutter blind, engage in curiosity accompanied by action. Notice your clutter. What do you see? How does it make you feel? What would life look and feel like if you had fewer piles, closets with breathing room, and clear pathways. What would it be like to have just enough, no more and no less?

Having recently made progress on a few cluttered spots in my life including my thoughts, garden, underwear drawer, and some areas in my mom’s home, it was wonderful to prune, clear, and let go of some un-essentials. I feel wonderfully lighter and less burdened.

Facing our clutter is a process. It begins with noticing and with being aware. Take one small step. Remove your blinders. Let that lead you forward.

Have you or someone you know experienced clutter blindness?  What have you noticed? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Come join the conversation!





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Reader Comments (4)

I love your idea of falling awake and of having no more or less than is necessary. These are great concepts. I think these are easy to understand intellectually but hard to put into practice emotionally. If we can place our emotions on hold and look at our things without the blinders of our emotions then I think we can more easily cut the clutter and be content.

May 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

When we moved here (and possibly in our previous home) we had a lot of photo albums in a bookcase in the living room. A few months ago, we had to remove everything to get our new flooring installed. When it was time to put it all back, I decided that the photo albums looked cluttered, and put them in a bookcase in a less frequently used room instead, freeing up space in the living room for more attractive items. I couldn't believe what a difference it made, and how long I'd looked at that clutter (well over 10 years) without even seeing it.

May 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

Great reminder to fall awake! Clutter that hangs around the home is so easy to forget about. Humans are habitual people so awakening yourself often is perfect. I recommend doing this once a season in different areas of the home and especially when they feel busy and overworked.

May 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina Quairoli

Wow - "falling awake" is a powerful image. I love the relaxed nature of this expression, as opposed to forcing yourself to take a difficult action. Mindfulness is more of a leaning in... a way to relax into seeing things that hurry and stress and pressure often keep us from seeing. We often become blind to things we see every day, even if they are undesirable. I love that you mention the underwear drawer; it seems like a small thing, but it is the insignificant spaces we touch every day that can have the biggest impact on our state of mind!

May 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

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