You’ve just been transferred, or the school year is about to end or you’re transitioning from your home into a retirement home. Maybe you’ve just gotten a new job. You’ve got to clean out your desk from the old job.

Through the years you’ve accumulated a lot of stuff. And you want to keep it all…but realistically does keeping it all really serve you well? How do you decide what to keep and what to let go of? Good question.

Moving can be more traumatic than any other life event…especially for hoarders. But if you look at your move as a reason to simplify your life, it can be less traumatic.

If you are a clutterer, learning successful techniques that work for clutterers to declutter could be the first step to changing the habit. Remember, letting go of physical things does NOT mean you are forgetting about the event or person you associate with those things.

A move might be necessary due to emotional reasons. A death in the family, divorce, or for economic reasons which can all cause stress.

Moving is harder when you negatively focus on the move. So, by adopting a constructive, accepting, motivating mindset, things can be easier. I know that might be easier said than done. But by focusing on the benefits of the move, you can get through the event easier.

When you stand looking at all your stuff and think, “Oh my goodness. Where do I start?” you can trigger feelings of overwhelm. People who feel overwhelmed might sit down and do nothing. This just keeps you stuck into inaction. That can be a clutterers common reaction to getting rid of stuff.

There is a different approach to moving through the challenge of decluttering. It’s called “The Wandering Butterfly” technique. Created by hypnotherapist Beverly Taylor, the technique suggests that you treat yourself patiently, respectfully and kindly. As you do so, you wander around like a butterfly moving things in the direction they need to go. I think these are all important mindsets for making a move easier.

Ms. Taylor suggests that if you are someone who clutters, compliment yourself after you first start even the simplest of decluttering moves. For example, let’s say you have a pile of papers you’ve been saving for many years. Decluttering paper is one of the hardest issues for clutterers.

So, in the example, you would grab hold of a single page document. Let’s say it is a receipt for something you no longer own, say a washing machine. You would place the paper in a waste basket or recycling bin saying to yourself, “It’s okay for me to put this paper in the waste basket or recycling bin.” Then, you sit down and congratulate yourself on your progress.

Clutterers experience intense fears and anxiety for various reasons. It might be compared to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Getting rid of something can be very traumatic to people who clutter.

Criticism and unfair judgment can bring a decluttering event to a screeching halt for a clutterer. So, if you are a clutterer, give yourself credit for moving forward even at a very slow pace. You may not have been born to speedily move through life. Never let anyone convince you to the contrary.

For a clutterer, packing and moving stirs up a lot of emotion. For this reason, focus on being respectful to yourself. Take time to rest properly. Eat nutrition-rich food instead of junk food. Be patient with yourself and remember to reward yourself with very kind and encouraging words about the success you make each time you discard something.

Ms. Taylor’s clutter research reveals that using hypnosis helps people declutter. For those that don’t know, almost anytime you express a strong emotion, you also hypnotize yourself. Once you hypnotize yourself you typically suggest believing a certain idea. If that idea is negative, you FEEL upset. For clutterers, it can cause complete overwhelm, nervous tension and possibly complete physical and mental shut down. Why does this happen?

In her research, Ms. Taylor found that people who clutter have a deep capacity for creating negative emotions regarding “stuff.” They feel immobilized with this intense negative emotion. These negative thoughts and emotions can just about cripple hoarders or clutterers from wanting to focus on changing their behavior.

Luckily for clutterers, Ms. Taylor has developed a program that gently guides clutterers on how to release and transform this stuck negative emotion and let it go. Once the hoarder lets go of thoughts and emotions holding them back, the person can move forward in life. And when it comes to packing up for a move, learning how to declutter can be a lifesaver!

If you’re a clutterer and you’ve got to move, I recommend you get a copy of Beverly’s book called Clutter to Clarity: The Easy Key to Organizing. You can find out about it by going to this link:

Greatly reduce your stress about your upcoming move. It IS okay to get the help you need. Businesses hire consultants to provide training to achieve specific goals. You can do it, too!

Make today a day of forward movement for you. Click the link above. It’s gonna be a beautiful move!

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