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How Decluttering Improves Your Life

Learn to Free Up Space and Energy

By Marlene Caraballo ~

Clearing out accumulated possessions and being more selective about what objects you surround yourself with in your home not only helps you appreciate what’s meaningful in your life, but also boosts your energy.

Science tells us energy and matter are really the same thing. So that dress (the “matter” in this example) in the back of your closet you’ve worn once likely carries the emotional energy of that day for you. The book collecting dust you’ve never opened holds the energy of unkept intentions. The attic filled with unhanged artwork you’re no longer in love with but can’t bear to sell holds energy tied to the past.

When we hold onto objects for which we don’t have space in our lives, we are clinging to the energy of the emotions they hold for us. Nearly all our possessions connect us to the past, with some being held for a future time when we expect to enjoy them.

Holding On to Objects from the Past Impacts the Life We Are Living Now

The truth is, we are alive in this present moment. Who we are today is different than who we were 10 years ago: Tastes evolve, dreams shift, interests flow in new directions. Saving too many things can come from an underlying belief we lack the ability to replace those things — that we will somehow forget who we were, and the memories associated with those objects will vanish if we let them physically go.

That’s simply not the case. Even if you give away that dress you wore to the special event a decade ago, you will not forget how you felt that day. So why keep it? That’s space you could use for the ever-evolving you, the person you are today and who you will be tomorrow. A space held for special events yet to come.

Decluttering Our Homes Is a Life Transforming Process

Clearing out old objects stirs us to reconsider who we have been, who we are today, and who we desire to be. It helps us evaluate why we feel compelled to cling to what no longer serves us.

Reducing our possessions creates open spaces and an improved flow of energy around us. That energetic flow helps us clear out unfinished business and stagnant thoughts, inviting a sense of peace.

Freshly cleaned and cleared spaces give you a sense of emotional lightness, some elbow room for energetic expansion. Having fewer things means you can cherish your favorite things more. What you keep becomes a true treasure, and what you let go is not forgotten but lovingly released.

Each object you bring into your home has its own special moment in your life. Be honest with yourself and recognize when it’s no longer useful or no longer a reflection of who you are. Let it go.

You’ll certainly keep what still brings you joy but, through decluttering, you will start to feel your energy freed too, improving your mindset and how you live your life.


Marlene Caraballo

Marlene Caraballo is an intuitive life coach, writer, speaker, and spiritual mentor, who works with women looking for soulful guidance to clear what’s blocking them so they can build confidence, master their mindset, and chase their dreams. She lives in rural Orange County, NY and is mom to three grown sons. She shares mindset tips at and blogs about life after fifty at Contact her at or on Instagram @_marlenecaraballo_.

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