So says our friend, Mr. Wattles. And it's a good thing to bear in mind when we feel ourselves so attached to the old that we have trouble letting go so that “new forms” can come into our lives.
We do this with both tangible and intangible things - with our old ways of thinking and acting. Our habits. And with our old “stuff” -- possessions we somehow want to cling to even when we no longer need or use them.
Have you ever passed by a house where it seems the occupants have never gotten rid of anything, no matter how useless? Old cars, old household appliances -- you name it. It's all there, turning the area into a virtual junkyard.
If that kind of useless clutter is VISIBLE, what do you suppose it is saying about the INVISIBLE thinking or state of mind that produces it? Such a display is a clear illustration and manifestation of poverty thinking. And to a greater or lesser extent, MOST -- probably all -- of us engage in it.
When we're afraid to let go of something that no longer serves us, it's often an indication that we're afraid we'll need it later and be unable to get it. But when we don't clear away the old, we can't make room for the new. And when we are hampered by clutter in our physical surroundings, there is definitely clutter going on in our thinking as well, because as we have learned, EVERYTHING begins in that formless realm of thought and only then moves into physical form.
So are you ready to CHANGE this? How about we just dive in
NOW and for the next three days, clear away the physical clutter? I know you'll LOVE how this letting go will give you a powerful sense of weight lifting off of you.
Let's get started!
Begin with this VERY useful suggestion from Suze Orman's
book, The Courage To Be Rich. (Great title, isn't it?)
Today, take a trip through your home and gather up 25 items that you are no longer using and which are worn out and would be of no value to anyone else.
If there's something you haven't actually used or worn in 12-18 months (other than perhaps a few family heirlooms), and it's not useful anymore, it's time to get rid of it. Throw it out (responsibly, please) or recyle it if that's possible.
25 items. That's today's target, no more and no less.
For some of us this will be a big challenge, for others
it's a breeze. And for both, this simple action can give
you a feeling of relief and lightness. So, go ahead. It's
Tomorrow, we'll take the next step in lightening up!
How did “Trash Day” go for you? Are you feeling more
streamlined and lighter? ;-)
Today we'll continue by taking yet another trip through the house and gathering up 25 more items. This time, they're things you're no longer using (remember: 12-18 months of no use makes it fair game!) but which could be useful to someone else.
This time, we're looking for 25 things to SELL -- perhaps at a yard sale, garage sale, flea market, through classified ads,
flyers/posters, a consignment shop, or even an online auction.
Find things that still have useful life in them and just need to go where they WILL be used and appreciated.
Gather them up and then start to figure out HOW you will sell them and how much money you'd like to receive for them.
It's a good idea to figure out both what you'd like to
receive AND the lowest amount you are willing to accept.
Remember: Mr. Wattles says “you do not have to drive sharp
bargains,” but “I do not mean that you do not have to drive any bargains at all or that you are above the necessity for having any dealings with your fellow men. I mean that you will not need to deal with them unfairly. You do not have to get something for nothing, but can give to every person more than you take from him.”
Once you've got your 25 items, start making whatever
arrangements you need to sell them. Our target is to be
another 25 items lighter as quickly as possible -- and to
have that extra cash in your pocket, as well!
Someone once asked Charles Fillmore (a contemporary of Mr.
Wattles and the author of the book, PROSPERITY, among
others) what he believed to be the greatest obstacle to
prosperity for most people. He answered without a moment's hesitation. “Clutter!” he said.
So today we continue removing THAT obstacle by -- you
guessed it -- one more trip through the house!
This time, your mission is to gather up 25 more items that still have useful life in them. And this time, the purpose is to find items you can GIVE AWAY.
You can give them to family, friends, neighbors, local thrift shops or other worthy organizations. It's your choice.
The object is to rescue these things from simply taking up space and energy in your life and environment and to put
them back into circulation where they can regain value by
being of use.
If you're enrolled in The Science of Getting Rich for
Practical Geniuses, you'll recall discussing in one of our
first course sessions that when circulation and flow stop,
stagnation sets in. And that ANYTHING can become toxic
simply by being in its wrong place or wrong use.
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As you choose each item to put back into circulation, I also
encourage and invite you to take a moment to acknowledge
with gratitude and appreciation what you've received from
your possession and use of each item.
And then, if you're so inclined, bless it with your best
wishes for whomever will next receive and benefit from it.
YOUR NEXT STEP ...
I hope you're enjoying this very practical clutter-clearing
process. Perhaps I should have named this something like,
“How to drop 25-50 pounds or more in one week –- guaranteed.” ;-)
Now that you've done the first three steps with 25 items in
each, you are free to go back and find more things to
dispose of, give away, or sell, being MINDFUL of the meaning
and value each of these things has had in your life up ‘til
We've talked of the necessity of graciously receiving AND
giving, and now we extend that to the art of graciously
letting go of the old, creating a welcoming place –- and
some would say a vacuum –- so that the new can be drawn in.
Here's one more simple exercise, again shamelessly borrowed
right from The Courage To Be Rich. You can simply imagine
this, but actually DOING it will make a much bigger
So when you finish reading this, go over to a water tap and
turn on the flow. Fold your hand into a fist and hold it
under the falling water. Now, with that fist, get yourself a drink.
You see, when our hands are tightly closed -- for whatever
reason -- we can't accept more.
Old thoughts, old feelings, old things, even old
relationships have all served us in one way or another, and
now we simply bless them, open our hands, and let them move
on so that more good, FRESH good can make its way to us.
It's truly exhilarating!
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"Clutter is stuck energy. The word 'clutter' derives from the Middle English word 'clotter,' which means to coagulate -- and that's about as stuck as you can get."
- Karen Kingston
"If you have debt I'm willing to bet that general clutter is a problem for you too."
-- Suze Orman
"Clutter is a physical manifestation of fear that cripples our ability to grow."
-- H.G. Chissell