Clearing out items in your closet and spaces in your home is vital to feeling clear minded, moving stuck energy, and creating more flow in your wardrobe and life. Everything is made of energy and when you hold on to items that no longer serve you, you stay stuck.
Do those pants that don’t quite fit anymore, you know the ones… that remind you that you wanted to lose 10 lbs every time you look at them. Do those make you feel joyful? Probably not…
If you have ever tried a body cleanse or a diet detox, you know that one of the first steps is to eliminate certain foods that are clogging up your system.
Your closets and the different spaces in your home make up your outer world and are still a part of your system. A Closet Cleanse eliminates clothes/items, instead of food, that are clogging up your wardrobe or house. Your wardrobe and the way you decorate your home are part of your life + style and they require maintenance and upkeep just like your body.
So how can a Closet Cleanse be like a spiritual practice?
1. Set an intention for why you want to cleanse
Are you feeling stuck or stagnant in an area of life? Do you want to feel more aligned with who you truly are?
Journal or write a list for how you will feel after the cleanse. This helps you stay on the path of releasing, because we often get wrapped up in the memories of items, or the “I should keep this, because so and so gave it to me.” If it’s not you anymore, it’s ok to let it go.
What I’ve found to be true for me is, as I clear out and release items that are an old version of me, it creates space and clarity for things more aligned and a higher version of me to be revealed. Every time I’ve let go of old items intentionally with the purpose of sending them to a better home, fresh new energy fills me up.
When you lovingly release your things, bless them and send them out into the world to serve someone else. This creates a positive ripple of energy.
2. Pull everything out into an open space for you to clearly see … Then let yourself breathe.
It is ok to feel overwhelmed.
When everything is not packed into a closet and out in the open, it looks like there’s a lot more. Kind of like that time you told your mom you didn’t like her weird meat goulash dish or some other unspeakable family truth. There’s no turning back after it’s out in the open, but it feels better once you get past the judgment. It is amazing what we stuff and hide in our closets and corners to please and uphold a certain image. We hide our true thoughts and feelings, and carry around our emotional baggage.
Try creating 3 piles to categorize items: Keep, Don’t Know Yet, and Let Go. For the Let Go pile, you can either donate to a community shelter of your choice that resonates with you. I give to a program called Dress For Success for women getting back on their feet. You can research and find a local community charity that speaks to you and look to donate there.
You can also set aside items for a gal pal clothing swap. This cultivates more feelings of joy, knowing that your items will be put to good use with a new owner that loves your pieces. Then for the Don’t Know Yet pile… box these items up and put them out of sight for at least 3-6 months, no more than a year usually. If you don’t miss the stuff then you know you’re ready to let it go or integrate it back into your wardrobe or space.
I feel this creates a more gentle energy, and gives me the time and space to see if something still makes sense to keep.
3. Create more mindfulness.
Organizing your stuff, organizes your mind and can be used as a meditative or therapeutic process. After clearing a closet or space of all the things that no longer serve you, it is time to rework, rewire and revamp what is left. I check the items that are being kept for damage, need tailoring or dry cleaning and take care of those things. This keeps your items fresh, and relieves frustration, so you’re not pulling out a top you want to wear only to find it has a hole or stains.
There is something incredibly introspective about organizing and creating systems with your items.
I use it as a way of restructuring my thought process and feelings about something in my life. As well as, a way to honor and take care of my current and future self.
For example: When I went through a divorce, I found it helpful and therapeutic to reorganize my stuff often. I would move my room around, change out colors, change up my wardrobe with multiple Closet Cleanses or try out different style trends that were different from my norm.
When your world feels turned upside down a Closet Cleanse can be a way to weed through old belief systems, until you can find that internal/external leveling out as the dust settles.
By no means, should this be a replace the need for a licensed professional to work with. I saw a therapist and a life coach regularly through the ending of my marriage. What I found by shifting physical energy around me by releasing my stuff, reorganizing and journaling about the process, I came to a space of honoring and accepting what I had created in my life thus far. This created forgiveness of myself and others and allowed a space of peace.
4. Create a ritual and a daily practice around your new space or reorganized wardrobe.
I like to journal on what thoughts and feelings come up for me to look at while cleansing and organizing. Did I have anger or negative self-talk? Was I shaming or blaming myself or others? By recognizing the inner critic dialogue of not feeling good enough, you set a new intention of having more awareness of positive self-talk, more self-love and a growth mindset through a daily practice.
You start every day in your closet, so use that as a time to spend a few quiet moments in self-love and gratitude.
5. Allow yourself to grow, expand and evolve from the cleanse.
Know that change takes time. Be gentle with yourself and know that making small consistent steps after the cleanse creates a more permanent change, rather than a crash diet.
A Closet Cleanse is a great reboot for your wardrobe, space and mindset, and a way to shed light into your internal world, but to continue growing and evolving is a continuous daily spiritual practice.