Ever Feel Energetically Drained During or After Decluttering?

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Although many people feel lighter after clearing their clutter, it does happen that sometimes people feel energetically drained or heavier. Stagnant energy collects around clutter, and when we start decluttering that energy gets all stirred up. If we don’t take some measures to manage and protect our own energy that stirred up energy can get stuck to us and pull our energy levels down.

Here are three easy ways to manage and protect your energy before and after your decluttering sessions:


Something else worth mentioning – if you start to feel drained during your decluttering session, take a break and try the hand washing technique I mention and see if that helps bring your energy up enough for you to finish what you had started working on. You might be surprised how something as simple as washing your hands can help – it’s always the FIRST thing I do when I get home from working with a client onsite. Sometimes it’s the simplest things that make the biggest difference!

Do you have other ways you protect or manage your energy when you’re decluttering? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!

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  • Tracy, managing my energy has been a constant struggle for me. One visual that has helped me is thinking in terms of a cross country runner vs. a track sprinter. I can get carried away sprinting and rushing, paying no attention to my energy and later becoming sick because I ignored these signs.

    Now, I really try to do most everything from a cross country runner point of view. I speed up when I need to speed up. I slow down when I need to slow down. And I know when to
    conserve my energy because I will need it a few miles up to finish the race.

    Same is true for organizing. Sure, we could organize the entire garage in one day, but be exhausted the next week or we could organize it over the next week and feel recharged.

    Thanks for sharing these tips. I’m going to spend more time washing my wrists. 🙂

  • TracyKPierce

    Tiffany, I love your comparison of the sprinter vs. the cross country runner! I have certainly been of the sprinter mentality a good part of my life, and when I did run track, I was a sprinter! It has been a complete change of philosophy for me to think about doing anything over a more long term time period rather than the short term as well. Thanks for sharing! Let me know how the wrist washing goes. 😉