Connie Ellefson is an engineer, author, and professional organizer working in the Denver area. She helps people discover the rush of decluttering to enhance wellness and to release the incredible amount of creativity and energy tied up in unnecessary clutter. Whether physical, mental, or possessional, clutter takes up space in our psyches and calendars that could be put to more productive, creative, and fun use.
Realizing the rush of delicious energy we get from decluttering and organizing a space is the same rush we get from exercising or releasing emotional burdens. Connie’s latest book, “Clear the Space Feel the Rush,” is all about how you can start anywhere on your decluttering journey.
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Effect on Emotions
- As we grow older, we gain more life experience and realize that we have gone through various emotions in the past. Sometimes, when we are in the midst of strong emotions, it feels like they will never go away.
- However, Connie explained a powerful technique called the “do nothing meditation,” which she considers one of the most effective tools she discusses in her book.
- In this meditation, you simply sit quietly for 10 minutes without doing anything specific. You are not thinking, planning, meditating, or praying. Instead, you allow yourself to become a bit bored and just be in the present moment.
- This practice helps the emotions we are experiencing to gradually fade away. Moreover, it can also bring forth wonderful ideas and insights.
- Connie emphasized that dealing with emotions effectively comes with practice and the realization that we have successfully survived all of our emotions in the past.
- As we grow older, we occasionally remember this truth, which helps us navigate and cope with our feelings more confidently.
Thoughts on Breathing
- Breathing is something I don't delve into too much, but I attend yoga classes regularly where I receive lots of suggestions about it.
- Even my little granddaughter, who is being taught by her mom, tells me to take a deep breath when I'm feeling stressed.
- It's amazing how just a couple of deep breaths can make a difference. I've learned that even two or three deep breaths can change your body chemistry and help you feel calmer.
- So, taking a moment to breathe deeply can be really helpful in calming down and finding balance.
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- Connie recounted her experience of being bullied by an addicted housemate. When under the influence of alcohol, he would say hurtful things, questioning Connie's worth and intelligence. As a sensitive person, these comments deeply affected her, leading her to doubt herself and wonder if she was truly inadequate.
- However, a pivotal moment occurred when the housemate said something particularly nasty and untrue. In response, Connie found the courage to stand up for herself. She firmly declared that she no longer needed to listen to his words when he was under the influence. This incident became a catalyst for change in her life.
- Connie came to realize that the hurtful remarks were more a reflection of the housemate's own issues and addiction rather than a true reflection of her value.
- From that point on, she adopted a resilient mindset, separating herself from the negativity. She understood that hurtful comments had no connection to her true self-worth and identity. This transformative experience allowed Connie to embrace her own strength and rise above the hurtful words of others.
Words of Wisdom
- Connie shared her insights on the connection between decluttering and experiencing endorphins. She noted that not only do you feel endorphins from physical activities like a 30-minute walk, but also from emotional releases such as crying. These endorphins play a role in improving overall health and well-being.
- However, Connie emphasized that the key is simply being happy. Decluttering is not always necessary; what truly matters is making the decision to be happy, regardless of the presence or absence of material possessions. In her view, finding happiness is the ultimate goal, and it can be achieved through various means.
- Ultimately, Connie's message is clear: prioritize happiness in your life. Whether you choose to declutter or not, the important thing is to focus on cultivating happiness and embracing a positive mindset. Discover the rush of decluttering to enhance wellness in your life.
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