Want to Make More Money? Go Clean Your Closet (Seriously)

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I accept that you may already think I’m crazy just based on the headline of this article.

But despite that – or perhaps because of it – I’m going to walk through the logic of something that I once heard Suzanne Evans proclaim on stage, which was, “Anytime I want to make a butt load of money, I go around the house and throw stuff away.”

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Okay, I was paraphrasing there. She might not have said “butt load” (but knowing Suzanne, it was something equally as blunt). And she might not have said “throw stuff away” – although I’m pretty sure that’s what she said. What she meant was that she gets rid of things, clutter, the accumulation of stuff.

 And then, she says, the money can come in.

Personally, I’ve found this to be true in my own life. I spent last weekend scrubbing the bathroom, clearing out the closet and preparing items to give away (I prefer not to toss them in the trash, but to donate them to Goodwill instead).

I partially did this because I’m getting ready to make space for 3 more clients (would you like to be one of them? Click HERE, and partially because when things are clean, I think more clearly.

So as I sat down to write this article, I thought, “man, it’s nice to have this practice of cleaning my space, but I wonder if there’s a precedent for the way I’m feeling right now.”

Here’s what I found.

Mess Leads to Stress

According to an article titled “Why Mess Causes Stress: 8 Reasons, 8 Remedies” in Psychology Today, a cluttered space really does take a mental and emotional toll on us.

You probably didn’t really need anyone to tell you that.

But consider this:

“Clutter bombards our minds with excessive stimuli (visual, olfactory, tactile) causing our senses to work overtime on stimuli that aren’t necessary or important.”

Yep. That means that when your space is filled with things, your brain is constantly trying to sort through all the input, which will subtly overwhelm you and distract you.

And overwhelm and distraction don’t really strike me as key ingredients in the “bring in new clients” recipe.

Space Invites the Energy of Wealth

Jen Parsons is a life coach and energy healer I know through my eWomen Network group. And wouldn’t you know that she had some brilliant tidbits to add on this front, too?

I ran into her the day after clearing out and cleaning up my space. When I told her what I’d done, I said, “I can’t believe how good I feel after getting rid of all that stuff!”

She nodded like she knew exactly what I was talking about and said, “That makes sense, because having open space invites the energy of wealth.”

Wahoo!

If these ideas haven’t inspired you to ransack your closet and clear out the old things to make room for the new, I don’t know what will. Walking into my apartment after a long day and seeing – no, feeling – the buzz of empty space gives me energy. It makes me excited for the possibilities that it has opened up.

It’s asking me, “Hey, Allison, what do you want to create next?”

So, what do you want to create next? Are you willing to let go of the clutter to make space for the things that you really desire – more clients, more free time, more creative projects that fuel you?

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