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Goodbye closet clutter, hello mental clarity

Wednesday, July 30, 2014  
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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By Tricia Molloy

When I speak about cleaning out physical clutter to increase energy and clarity, I often pose this poignant question: "How much of your clothes in your closet today no longer fits your size, lifestyle and perhaps your era?"

Why do we tend to hold on to clothing and other items even though we know they no longer serve us? It reminds me of advice I read in one of my favorite books on conscious living, Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy. In it, author Sarah Ban Breathnach wrote, "Cleaning out closets and dresser drawers is daunting to contemplate [all that money, all those bad choices] and hard work once you're at it. But few things are as satisfying as bringing order to a closet in which chaos once reigned.”

Related: "Risky busyness: Do less and gain”

In the chapter called "Clearing: Parting with Fashion Mistakes,” she continues, "Every woman has fashion mistakes that clutter up her sense of style and tempt her to whine about her wardrobe. Clearing our closets of past incarnations provides the space and freedom for us to choose clothing that authentically reflects the women we are becoming.” If you need a destination for your discarded professional clothing, consider donating them to Dress for Success.

Cleaning for clarity goes beyond clothing. If it's not a closet or dresser, it might be a food pantry, junk drawer, office file cabinet or medicine chest. How about those CDs and DVDs you'll never listen to or watch? What's been accumulating in your garage and attic? Have I struck a chord yet?

Whatever comes "out of the closet” for you, remember the space you create will allow the universe to fill it with what serves your highest good. I promise.

What happens when you clean out your physical clutter?

Tricia Molloy is a corporate leadership speaker and the author of Working with Wisdom. She works to inspire professionals to be more positive and productive through keynote speeches and employee development talks, workshops and webinars.

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