The moon is waning to dark, fresh and new… and once again I find myself decluttering until late in the night.
I sometimes feel ashamed about the piles of clutter that inevitably amass in corners and surfaces all over our house.
…Perhaps I’m not the only one?
It’s a funny thing though. Clutter is overwhelming. And overwhelm is very tiring. Many times, I have begun an evening like this feeling exhausted… Like I’m surely good for bed and nothing else. And yet when I finally find a place to start, and begin to face just one little pile of clutter – clearing, sorting, cleaning – I find myself feeling, refreshed and renewed … as if waves of energy are being released every time I let go of something. Or put something else in it’s place.
It’s such a wonderful feeling that of course I’m compelled to do more. And pretty soon I’ve clutter-busted half the house or more.
Here’s a few things I’ve learned
…from flowing with the clearing energy on a new moon:
- I don’t have to be free of clutter all the time. Clearing clutter takes time and sometimes I have other priorities. Like giving a clingy two year old extra attention. Or making time to connect with my husband. Or preparing for a class I’m teaching later in the week. I can own this context, rather than feel bad or ashamed for not sorting, cleaning or clearing things sooner.
- If I tune in with the natural rhythms around me, like the waning-into-new moon, I will probably find it easier to get started, and keep going.
- The most important thing is to start. Somewhere. Anywhere. As hard to believe as it may seem, when I’m looking at a mountain of clutter: Once I get going, I’ll start freeing up new sources of energy, and I’ll probably enjoy it so much that I won’t want to stop!
- Call a friend. I’m a big believer in not making things harder than they have to be. For me clearing, sorting and cleaning happen much more easily when I have someone else to reality-check with… Do I really need to do this or can I let go now?
Today I am grateful for this strange and mysterious process where I am supported to face that thing I have avoided, and in that facing, I find myself released, energised and free.
While each star shines bright
And a moon sliver rises
I dance with the night.
~ This is a Haiku I wrote when I was 15. (Isn’t is sweet? I’d actually lost my old poetry book, but there’s another benefit of some deep cleaning… old treasures re-emerge!)
May you flow with the cleansing rhythms of the moon today.
… and will you let me know how this post lands with you?