Have you ever wondered why one day, for no apparent or conscious reason, you get up and have the vital need to put order in the closet? Or why do you have unstoppable desires to move the furniture, to clear the table of papers that previously did not bother you or to throw objects to which suddenly you do not find any sense?
When that happens, your mind is crying out for a renewal and recovering lost motivation and energy. It is important that you are attentive to these signs to get down to work and resolve the situation as soon as possible.
Often an external change is the first step to achieve a profound inner change. Surely, if you stop to think for a few seconds, you will remember sometime that you have ordered your room or your house and this has become an inner tranquility that you did not have before.
What does it take to order the physical space?
The external order can promote in you a greater inner peace. In fact, Marie Kondo, author of the world best-seller The Magic of Order, affirms that an orderly house is the first step towards happiness.
An orderly and enlightened environment can provide you with a greater sense of well-being and comfort than a neglected environment. The physical environment in which we spend most of our time often affects the way we think and feel.
Ordering our daily chaos will contribute to great changes in our lives.
Organizing is the first task that will allow us to later address other changes in our lives. First, because our energy needs ordered and renewed spaces to flow freely. Second, external chaos is usually the result of inner turmoil and this is caused by the accumulation of unpleasant feelings such as fear or discouragement.
Our mind places them with a certain learned logic and they stay there until the alarms go off. The first alarm is the need to put everything around us in order with the intention that our minds do it too. It is easier to make an external change first and then do it internally.
The link between order and new cycles
Many times the ones who are ready to start ordering our physical space appear when a new cycle begins:
- When we started the year
- When we start a new course
- When we return from vacation
- After our birthday
- When we started a new job
- When we change our house or city
These are habitual moments in which we decided to change. So we can turn the page and start a new stage with the stopwatch to zero. When we get to put things in place, getting rid of what we can consider useless and reposition what we want to keep. We have not only put order to our physical space, we have also ordered our ‘mental closet’.
How can you get rid of the unnecessary?
When you are able to differentiate the necessary from all the accessory, from what you keep but are convinced that you will never use again, you will see the reality more clearly. If you find it difficult to discern between what is useful and what is not, one piece of advice would be to throw away all the things you have not used in the last year (clothes, books, documents …).
And if you have a “phobia to throw away” because you feel that you are abandoning a part of yourself, think that these thoughts are parasitic and completely false. What you have to do is to act and this will help you create more space for the new (both physical and mental as well as emotional).
In many cultures, there are ceremonies in which old objects and symbolic representations of people who are considered negative to recover inner peace are burned. For example, in San Juan objects that bring bad memories or letters that have written the fears and the names of people who do not want to continue being part of their life are thrown into the fire.
Order and positive thinking
It is absolutely true that there is a correlation between order and the generation of pleasant thoughts. As you order, either by impulse or premeditated, you reflect on what makes you happy, what worries you and what bothers you.
When you fill the bags with unusable things, you become aware of everything that is not important and what is important, so that each object you throw corresponds to an experience that you do not want to keep in your life. You are lightening, little by little, the luggage.
Putting order in your mind helps you heal your pain and detach from the unnecessary.
Prioritize and think about the future
Sorting helps you prioritize and think about immediate and future needs, so we recommend you make a list and, with it, set realistic goals. Saturating of goals is not good, since it only leads to not being able to fulfill them and, therefore, this situation will unleash a state of frustration and discouragement. Then, everything enlisted will end up being in the drawer of oblivion.
Sort your mind and your conscience will serve to give more meaning to your life, helping you to live in the present moment, to let go of the unnecessary and stay with the essential, looking to the future with new eyes.
Thus, a greater physical order will help you have a greater mental and emotional order to take on the new challenges with more energy. If you are at the beginning of the road and you are ready, think that you only have one mission left. Do it!