As summer starts winding to a close, the slightest hint of fall has become noticeable in the air this week. As I drive through Denver's Cherry Creek neighborhood to our office, the green tops of the trees are just beginning to show the slightest hint of yellow hues. Clearly, fall is coming, and summer is on its way out, once again.
One of my favorite things about living in Colorado is the changing of the seasons, and fall is my favorite. Beautiful aspen trees explode in color all around the state, beckoning us to admire their show-off displays on long, lingering hikes. A hint of chill in the air at night refreshes us after an especially hot summer this year.
Fall is my absolute favorite time of year to clean out, purge, and de-clutter, both physically and mentally. Something about the falling of the leaves off the trees calls me to release things that are no longer needed. Fall invites us in to a season of minimalism after the heat and abundance of summer.
Our external environment can be indicative of what's going inside of us, and vice versa. When I am feeling stressed, stuck, anxious or in transitions, my home is likely to look the same...full of clutter and mess. On a similar note, if my home feels cluttered and disorganized, it's likely that my internal state is going to be affected by this. It's hard to think clearly and relax if our space feels like it's closing in on us.
As a women's counselor, I meet and work with LOTS of wonderful women dealing with anxiety and stress. The clients of Root Counseling lead busy, productive lives; have ambitious dreams; and care deeply about their relationships. Through counseling, they usually discover multiple ways to de-clutter, often in many areas of their lives. It might be getting rid of relationships that are toxic or no longer serving them. Perhaps it's finally ending a relationship that isn't going well or meeting their needs. Sometimes this manifests in their physical space, and while they're working through their emotions, they will also physically work on their space - getting rid of old clothes and taking them to be donated; asking themselves what is no longer needed and letting things go. Clearing out. Paring down.
Why is de-cluttering so important? Because it creates space. Space for NEW things to come. More space to live in, work in, rest in. More space for new relationships, or new beginnings, perhaps new love. When we de-clutter, whether emotionally or physically, we open up room for something new to come in.
If you're feeling anxious, cluttered, or stuck, working with a trained Denver women's counselor can help! Give us a call at (720) 363-9188, or book online now. You'd be amazed how great it can feel to let go of what you no longer need, create space, and find more peace and joy in your life.