Why Altering Your Personal Space Can Rejuvenate Your Spirit

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Whenever I’m in a serious rut one of the first things that helps rectify the situation is taking a look around and evaluating the state of my living space. It may not sound like the place to start but a calm environment is usually a key ingredient towards fostering my self growth and refreshing the imagination.

After all, if my surroundings are falling apart it’s only natural that I too could start cracking at the seams.

That’s why a major cleaning or de-cluttering campaign is sometimes not enough; once in a while a more drastic approach is in order. It’s something I like to call spatial rejuvenation.

In essence, spatial rejuvenation is a positive upheaval of personal space in order to rejuvenate the spirit. I’d compare it to that feeling of moving into a new home and the great potential and revitalizing effect which comes with it. The difference here is you’re not really moving but going through the motions, specific stages, in order to achieve a certain level of change:


It all starts with letting go but moving is one thing; pretending to move is another. Nonetheless, try hard to discard all non essentials as if this were a real move purging what you can while you can. The idea of letting go, giving away, and having less definitely releases burdensome baggage but it will also help tremendously when putting everything back together. This is only the first step but an important one to consider.


Of all the belongings in your home furniture rarely gets moved. Sure, maybe the bed is pushed to the side every once in a while to find a lost sock or the computer desk is separated from the wall because of a detached wire but these aren’t actions that shake it all up. When I deconstruct, I deconstruct. From the floor to the ceiling make it all come apart clearing one room at a time so nothing is left before “moving” back in. This is the closest you’ll come to a fresh start so make it as pure as possible.


Since the goal is change when putting it all back together try to find a new place for everything. True, some things will only fit in their original spot but wherever possible make alterations. Also, patience is a virtue. This isn’t something you do often and it could take a few days to complete the cycle of re-enacting a move so don’t worry about finishing on time. Besides, when was the last time you completed a move in twenty four hours?

Be creative

Finally, remember this is supposed to be a creative healing process that spawns change and not a dreaded chore so keep a few things in mind to avoid frustration:

  1. Realize you don’t have to be an expert in home remodeling to make it work but be ambitious and confidant in your decisions.
  2. Before beginning jot down some thoughts of where you think things should go and what you’d like to do so once the ball gets rolling you can roll with it.
  3. In order to really make a change be methodical and strict with yourself but don’t drive yourself mad.

Know one last thought: until I moved a few times I didn’t recognize just how constructive a change of scenery could be, even if it’s the backdrop that’s changing and not the actual domain. Since we can’t move every time we’re in a rut and ruts aren’t planned to coincide with having to move, spatial rejuvenation is the next best thing; so take it in stride and, most of all, use your space wisely.

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12 thoughts on “Why Altering Your Personal Space Can Rejuvenate Your Spirit”

  1. This is good advice. Unfortunately, I have yet to move to my ‘own’ sacred space. I’m still trying to figure out where I want to live; where the right city/state is for me. I de-clutter all of the time. My motto is, “When in doubt, toss it out”

  2. When it comes to personal space, I like to keep it simple. Keep what’s needed and throw everything else out. Art? Well, minimalism and art are great together..that simply works…

  3. Absolutely. We do this too. Your home and surroundings are vital to peace or mind, organization in your life and feeling good. When my life or energy feels stagnant, it is time to clean, and I agree, just really doing a deep “clean” or letting go of things and moving everything around, can totally change your state of being and send things in your life in a positive direction.

    Thanks for the great article!

  4. I like the idea of evaluating my living space.

    However, my priorities are different.

    I deconstruct/construct only when I move places. I have done this 3 times during the last 10 years, so there was no need to do an extra move. Most of my furniture can move very easily – besides bed and coach, but even they move sometimes – when giving a home party or when there are visitors who stay the night ….

    Also, not too much furniture makes life more easy and gives the mind more calmness. Home is supposed to be a place for calmness and inspirational living.

    Thanks for bringing up your ideas!

  5. I find that this works very well. My office is in the basement and it seems to get cluttered from time to time. I have a cardboard box that I fill with items for donations and give-aways.

    I remodeled my entire house by myself with little prior experience. I never thought that it had to be perfect, it just had to look nice to me.

  6. i strongly agree that this can really improve the move Jakob
    even cleaning a room and making it tidy improves the mood so what about moving furniture
    thank you for the post :)

  7. Hey Jakob,

    Good advice, I definitely agree as well! When my living space seems cluttered I feel cluttered. Recently I have been a lot more and trying to minimize the “stuff” around me. Still have some to go but being on my way there is a lot better than not even beginning:).

  8. This is so, so true. I just moved into a new house and wow…purging and getting rid of so much stuff I never use felt so freeing! And my new space feels amazing.

    I realize this isn’t about changing homes but rather, changing the layout of your home or what-have-you. It all makes SUCH a big difference!

    This is a great reminder, though. Thanks!

  9. I used to clear out my drawers or organize my closet whenever I felt down. Then I read a book on space clearing and it all made perfect sense. Changing even one small area of your space will help rejuvenate you and start positive energy flowing again.
    Great post. It made me feel good to know other people think the same way.

  10. Wonderful, practical advice. Before we can introduce the new, we must clear out what is already there. This is the same in the case of our minds and spirits.

    I recently wrote a book entitled “Beginning Saint” that you and your readers may enjoy. In it, I suggest ways in which we can all live more satisfying lives as our true selves.

    I really enjoy your blog and will continue to follow you.


  11. We spent the whole day yesterday cleaning our office. Purging, dusting, moving furniture around and hanging new artwork. It is a great thing to do and it really gets the energy moving. It is a great way to move forward from the past.

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