No one really wants disruption in their lives, but it can sometimes be a blessing in disguise (sorry for the bad rhyme). Last week our lives were disrupted by a backed up kitchen sink. This turned out to be a corroded pipe that in turn became a leak, mold damage, environmental cleanup, and a complete teardown of several walls.
Talk about disruption.
Some items in your home create their own stagnant energy.
My husband and I had to pack up and move our clothing and shoes, bathroom supplies and towels, and bedding to another part of the house.
Rather than being stressed out about it, I was so glad that I had already minimized my wardrobe and all my bathroom items years ago. We were also glad we only own three towels. Moving these things took about 10 minutes.
While the items are out of place and life is disrupted from the norm, I felt a real sense of excitement. It sounds odd, but it took a plumbing leak to cause us to break up stagnant energy. Moving these items from their everyday location to other locations felt invigorating and I felt the need to get rid of even more things.
A packing party is an extreme way to break up that energy.
There is no need to have a house disaster to break up stagnant energy. However, the disruption process should be done once in a while. It could be as simple as opening up all your windows on a sunny, winter day or as complicated as packing up your worldly possessions during a packing party.
Here are other ways to break up stagnant energy in your home or your life:
- Every week empty out a cabinet, bookshelf, closet, or pantry. Clean the entire cabinet and keep the doors open for a while. How do you feel about the empty space, what do you really want to fill it back up with?
- Are you always bumping into or tripping over an item in your home? Move it out of its place and take note of whether you want to move it back or even keep it at all.
- Move around an entire room. Try several different layouts with furniture from different part of the house.
- Do the same with decor items, plants, pictures, etc. Move each item from place to place until it feels right or you get tired of moving it around. If you do get tired of it, put it in that donation box.
For more on how to declutter for mental health, check out my article titled, “Lighten Up”, in the December Tiny House Magazine (#108).