One of the most important elements of decorating is the process of clearing out clutter. For those of you who know me, I’m sure
you find this statement amusing. I have such a hard time with clutter: paper in my office reproduces itself on a regular basis, and I
haven’t seen the floor under my laundry pile in years. In spite of all this, I have been working to organize my home and clear clutter
from my life. I have seen the benefit of clearing—and lived with the side effects of not doing so.
Clearing a home has both physical and spiritual aspects. Clearing is more than just being neat: clearing the clutter in your space
allows the energy to move through without obstruction. When I have physical clutter in the house, my mind is cluttered as well. I
get bogged down with heaviness and confusion. I have recently noticed a number of people talking about clearing. I have one friend
that totally downsized her house and her life. Everything in her old house was sold or given away, down to the last stick of
furniture. Her new house is simple, uncluttered, and filled with light. Her life and that of her family is so much more peaceful and
complete without the physical and spiritual distractions of too much “stuff.”
My sister had had cancer for years when she decided she needed to clear her house and her life. Like my friend, she got rid of all of
her old furniture. She wanted to give herself and her home a clean, clear, unadulterated space. When she redecorated, she chose
contemporary furnishings in a soft, neutral color, and now her home has a Zen feel to it. She even added a water element, a copper
wall fountain. She is amazingly alive even though the odds were against her and she is still living a peaceful, powerful life.
There are services available that will help you organize your home. You can hire someone to clear out the years of collections in
your attic, basement, and garage. In addition, there are people that can come and help you organize by designing systems that will
help you and your family get more organized. There is a Bromfield mom who has an organizing business called Resolutions. Her
name is Emily Gitelman, and her specialty is designing workable plans for better organization. In addition, she will do everything
from sorting family photos to shopping for storage containers to dispersing unwanted items. Part of her goal, she said, is to honor a
client’s memories of a piece while finding a new home where the piece will continue to be treasured. For more information on
Emily Gitelman and Resolutions, she can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Anne Hentz. (Courtesy photo)
Stephanie Bennett Vogt of Concord has a business clearing spaces of
both physical and psychic clutter, and she came to my home recently
to disperse a feeling of sadness that had lingered here since we first
moved in. While her methods would strike some as unconventional,
my home has had a cozier, more inviting feeling to it ever since. Vogt
talks about the benefits of clearing out clutter in her book Your
Spacious Self, as well as in her website, www.spaceclear.com
Clear space offers freedom and peace, as well as the chance to go
forward choosing the colors, furnishings, and accessories that will
enhance your new life. Your home is a reflection of you. If you are
open and uncluttered in both your space and your heart, your home
can then become an environment that will comfort and sustain you.
Anne Hentz of Ann Lee Road is the Designing Diva. She can be reached at annehentzinteriors.com.