I recently read a report about a study done on people’s closets. It had a really interesting conclusion: A person’s closet is typically a direct reflection of their state of mind (and vice versa)
Wow… so if this is the case, then my life looks like a jar of pennies underneath a grocery bag; two suitcases stacked on top of each other; 2 board games with missing peaces…mixed up with some Law of Attraction workbooks.
The study was right!
Things are a little hectic for me right now and my closet agrees.
So is it the closet that’s making things hectic or is it the hectic state of things making the closet cluttered. Either way, I need to “come out of the closet” and get it together…because, based on this study, it’s truly impacting my mental state
How does clutter affect one’s mental state?
You may be wondering, what exactly is the connection between a desk/closet and a calm mind? The answer lies in the “Law of attraction”.
The law of attraction says that our life is a collection of experiences that we attract by way of our thoughts, visualizations and actions i.e. we get whatever we focus on the most.
Now, apply the law of attraction to the clutter in your closets/desks and you will understand how it affects your state of mind.
In all probability, looking for clothes in your closet is a part of your early morning routine. A cluttered closet means that your day usually starts with thoughts of confusion, agitation and sometimes panic, right?
Guess what you’ll attract in that mind state???
You guessed it – more of the same.
So if you work in an office and your desk is just as cluttered, you probably spend several hours of your day looking for stuff, shuffling things around…wondering where you’ve kept your pen or that important printout.
So, that means, usually all your actions and thoughts (during most of your waking hours) are focused on “clutter” or confusion, agitation, and forgetfulness.
These negative thoughts and actions end up attracting more clutter into your life, thus ensuring that your mind is never calm!
How to get rid of clutter?
Unfortunately, for most of us getting rid of clutter is easier said than done. Clutter has an amazingly draining effect…just one look at ‘the mess’ and you will probably feel “dragged down” losing all your energy and enthusiasm.
So you can do 1 of 2 things:
1) you can force yourself to “clean up” and hope it stays that way or you can 2) Clean up AND “clear Your Mind” so that you inwardly attract and outwardly “organized state”
Have you ever been in bed, or watching TV or whatever and you just ‘had this feeling of cleaning up? One of the things that causes this your ‘clear state of mind’ Your body wants an equilibrium (inside and out) and you just jump to cleaning up…and sometimes you actually feel good about doing it.
How to use the law of attraction to achieve a calm state of mind
According to the law of attraction our thoughts, actions and visualizations manifest as our reality, therefore in order to change our reality, we need to change our thoughts actions and visualizations. The following are some simple techniques which can help us achieve this goal-
* Change your thoughts- Positive affirmations
When you constantly affirm to yourself that you are “careless, disorganized and forgetful”, then that’s what you eventually become, by the same logic if you start affirming to yourself that you are “organized and alert” you will end up attracting these traits into your life (and in effect a calm state of mind).
* Change your mental images- Visualization exercises
Before reading the next sentence, close your eyes and imagine that you are looking for something in your closet. What did you see? Let me guess, you saw yourself ferreting through untidy piles of clothes, right? This is the problem.
Apply the law of attraction here and you will understand that your negative visualization pushes you towards becoming even more messy and disorganized. Similarly, if you visualize finding everything you need easily, in your neatly arranged closet, you will start making conscious efforts towards becoming more organized.
* Take charge- Make conscious efforts
Finally, there is nothing like the good old policy of taking charge! Visualizations and positive affirmations will help you build the qualities you need to live a clutter free life, however you will need to give yourself that initial push to start the process of de-cluttering your closet and your mind i.e. take action!
The best way to do this is to first create as much clutter as you can i.e. take out everything from your closet, then start the sorting process (and be ruthless here!)-
Step 1- Make one pile of clothes you don’t need.
Step 2- Place the clothes you wear occasionally in the next pile.
Step 3- Finally make a pile of clothes you need most often.
Step 4-Now discard the clothes you don’t need, place the clothes you wear occasionally in the top shelf or at the back of your closet, hang or place the clothes you need often, where you can easily see and reach them.
Step 5- Follow the same procedure to organize your desk and everything else in your house.
This action will manifest as reality in your life. When your closet and desk are clean you will not live in that constant state of confusion and agitation, your will be able to enjoy the clarity of a calm mind.