There are many physical benefits to organization, but did you know that organizing your work space can also have positive mental and spiritual benefits?

Purging your home and workplace of clutter and unnecessary items can symbolize a deeper process of cleansing and purification.  As you toss old, useless clutter and better organize what’s left, you are in effect creating a sensation of lightness and freedom that can benefit you both mentally and spiritually.

On an energetic level, the effects of cleaning and de-cluttering can be even more profound because the process clears stagnation and calls in a flow of fresh, invigorating energy (also called “chi,” “ki,” or “qi” – which means “universal life energy”).

What does this mean for you and your space?  More peace, prosperity, harmony and success!

This concept of cleansing and feeling a sense of freedom became crystal clear to me (and yes, almost a spiritual experience) when I moved several times in quick succession after my divorce.  With the first move, I cleared out some things, donated, had a garage sale, the usual pre-moving activities when you’ve lived in a house for 10 years.  At that time, yes, I felt the typical “spring cleaning” good feeling, but found parting with a lot of things to be difficult, and moved most of the clutter and “stuff” with me.  After that first move, it became painfully apparent to me, looking at stacks and stacks of boxes and piles of things that ended up in the basement, that if most of it disappeared overnight, I really wouldn’t miss it or probably even know it was missing!

Knowing I likely wouldn’t stay in that house for more than 1-2 years, I literally started going through all that accumulation almost immediately–and kept this up in the next 2 moves over the next 3 years.  My family told me they were actually concerned that I was getting rid of so much of my possessions, but I had caught the fever of that enlightened feeling and almost couldn’t stop!  I felt such a lift, such a weight off my shoulders, and such freedom of not having so many material possessions, closets overflowing with stuff I rarely looked at or used, cabinets piled up, drawers packed to the brim–which actually is suffocating and yet most of us build it up and accumulate it so slowly over time, we don’t even realize we can’t breath!

It’s been six years since that last move, and have I ever regretted throwing anything out or missed anything?  Nope.  I learned to listen to my instincts, and things that really had a meaning for me, or that really were useful or I was simply not willing to part with yet, those stayed with me.  And since that last move, I’ve continued on with that much more simplistic lifestyle, cleared out even more, and most of the purchases have been to replace things that broke or wore out.

Some quick tips on how to organize for a more serene atmosphere:

1) First and foremost, clearing away clutter is crucial.  Clutter drains your energy, scatters your focus and leaves you feeling overwhelmed and restricted.  Take as much time as necessary to remove items that are no longer needed and put away items to be kept.  However, don’t toss them carelessly into drawers and closets; be sure to organize and place them neatly where they belong.  Clutter is clutter, and you’ll experience the same negative effects even if it’s hidden away.

2) Once your surroundings are ordered, it’s time to do a physical cleaning job.  Grab a vacuum cleaner, mops, buckets, dusting cloths, glass cleaner and any other supplies you’ll need, and clean like you’ve never cleaned before!  It’s important to do a thorough job because you are not just cleaning away visible dirt – you are also removing any residue left by stagnant, negative energy.  You may not be able to see it, but you can still be affected by it on some level if you don’t remove it completely.  In fact, the act of sweeping is used in all kinds of rituals for removing negative energy from a home or building.

3) Finally, take a breather and look at your surroundings.  Notice that they look better, but also notice the difference in the way the environment feels.  Does it feel lighter and calmer?  Most people can feel the difference right away.

Finish up and some additional options for doing even more: 

You’re not done yet, however!  Now you’re going to call in some beneficial energy to take the place of what you just cleared out.  There are many ways to do this, and none of them are better or more effective than the others.  Choose one or more that appeal to you.

One of the most common techniques is to “smudge” the area using a bundle of dried sage leaves.  (These can be purchased in herb shops or online.)  Light the end of the sage stick and blow out the flame so the leaves smolder and release fragrant smoke.  Walk through the rooms of your home and waft the scented smoke into the air.  As you do, state aloud that you are removing negative energy and inviting a flow of fresh, beneficial energy to take its place.

Another technique is to simply light scented incense and candles in every room.  The scents don’t really matter except that they are pleasing to you, but some popular choices include:  lavender, rosemary, lemongrass, sage, sandalwood, myrrh, frankincense and rose.

Finally, you can use meditation and visualization to call in positive energy.  Simply sit comfortably and perform deep-breathing exercises to bring yourself into a meditative state.  Then imagine brilliant white light infusing every room of your home.  Imagine that it fairly hums and crackles with an electrical charge, zapping any negativity that still lingers and replacing it with peace and harmony.

Doing this process just once can create quite an impressive change in the atmosphere of your home, but doing it on a regular basis can be even more effective.  Try it once every 3 months for starters, but do it as often as you need to if you sense the atmosphere becoming heavy and sluggish again.

Ultimately, whether you just simply clear out the clutter in your work place or home, or go through an entire cleansing ritual, the main point here is that less clutter, less stuff around you, will simplify your life, bring a sense of calm to your space, and ultimately bring more positive energy and inspiration to YOU, the one who is using the space.  A home office can add stress to our homes, just for the pure fact that our work is always with us, many of us don’t have the luxury of having an office even in a separate room where we can close the door and not look at it.  Taking the time to keep your work space clear, calm and inspiring will pay off in many ways and many times over.

If you would like to read more on cleaning rituals, these are a few places to start.

An example of a basic, very simple cleaning ritual for removing negative energy, review this wikiHow article, How To Perform A Cleaning Ritual.

A more formal, detailed Cleansing Ritual, The Mystical Power of the Sage Cleansing Ritual.