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The Healing Power of Decluttering: How Changing Your Environment Can Transform Your Health

Recently, I shared that I moved and in the process completed three 27/9 decluttering challenges.  For 9 days I gave away or got rid of 27 items in my home.  You may be wondering why 27, why nine -I don’t know the thinking behind the formula, and since I am not a numerology specialist, I decided to run with the idea without analyzing it.  As a result of these challenges a local women’s shelter had a couple of bags of clothing, shoes, dishes, and household odds and ends, my local library had about 50 cookbooks and self-help books, and my garbage bin was filled to the brim. 

As I reflect on my trip to Albuquerque, the thought dawned on me that every time we uplevel our lives, we should clear our environment to allow the energies we are embracing into our immediate environment.  It's easy for clutter to accumulate around us. Whether it's physical clutter in our homes or mental clutter in our minds, the effects can be profound, affecting not only our physical surroundings but also our mental and emotional well-being. But what if I told you that by simply decluttering your environment, you could unlock a powerful transformation in your health?

Decluttering isn't just about tidying up; it's about creating space for positive energy to flow freely. When we're surrounded by clutter, whether it's piles of papers on our desks or stacks of unused items in our closets, it can weigh us down mentally and emotionally. It can make us feel overwhelmed, anxious, and stressed, which can take a toll on our overall health.

One of the most immediate benefits of decluttering is the sense of calm and clarity it brings. When you remove the physical clutter from your environment, you also free up mental space, allowing you to think more clearly and focus better. This can lead to reduced stress levels and improved mental health.

But the benefits of decluttering go beyond just mental well-being. Studies have shown that a cluttered environment can harm physical health as well. For example, clutter can contribute to poor indoor air quality, as dust and other allergens accumulate in crowded spaces. This can exacerbate respiratory issues like asthma and allergies.

Moreover, clutter can also make it harder to engage in healthy behaviors like exercise and cooking nutritious meals. When your space is cluttered and disorganized, it can be difficult to find the motivation or space to work out, and cooking in a cluttered kitchen can be stressful and inefficient. By decluttering your environment, you can create a space that supports and encourages healthy habits.

Decluttering can also have a profound effect on your sleep quality. A cluttered bedroom can make it difficult to relax and unwind, leading to disrupted sleep patterns and poor sleep quality. Creating a peaceful and clutter-free sleep environment can improve your sleep hygiene and wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

So how can you start decluttering and reaping the benefits for your health? It's important to take it one step at a time and tackle small areas of clutter gradually. Start with one room or even one corner of a room, and work your way through methodically. As you declutter, be mindful of what items truly bring you joy and serve a purpose in your life, and let go of the rest.

Remember, decluttering is not just about getting rid of stuff; it's about creating a space that nourishes your body, mind, and soul. By simplifying your environment and surrounding yourself with only the things that truly matter to you, you can experience a profound transformation in your health and well-being. So why wait? Start decluttering today with the 27/9 process that I have been using, and unlock the healing power of a clutter-free life.

Wishing you all the health and energy a physically clean environment can offer.  Feel alive and be the healthy being that you truly are.

Much love, Annmarie


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