Bringing Sunshine inside my Basement by De-cluttering

Recently, on an absolutely gorgeous sunny day in the fall here in Vermont, I made a decision to do something that in the past I would have never dreamed of doing… I took the whole day to completely clean out and de-clutter my basement.

You see, in the past I would not have been caught dead doing something like this in a dark basement on a sunny warm autumn day in Vermont. I would have been outside first thing on a 10 mile trail run, probably followed by a long mountain bike ride in the afternoon with friends, and a cold beer to finish off the day to make it feel ‘complete’.

The thought of being inside on a day like this, cleaning and organising a basement utility room and closets filled with boxes and boxes of various things that take hours to go through and sort out, would have felt like a nightmare to me back then.

After attending a number of Universal Medicine presentations, I came to realise a few years ago that my drive to fill my time with activities like sports was just a way to distract myself from feeling an emptiness brought on from not feeling like I was enough as I was. Thus I used these activities to ‘prove’ myself and identified myself by them. But today my life is very different, and I find satisfaction and completeness in the simple things in life, because the empty feeling has been replaced by a daily practice of self-loving acts and practical ways to re-connect with my body throughout the day. This has naturally brought about a greater acceptance of myself no matter what is going on in my life. I now feel there is nothing to prove to anyone.

So right after breakfast I set out to go into the dark, virtually windowless part of our basement and slowly but surely sorted through every box filled with various home and electronics equipment, junk drawers of desks filled with ‘stuff’, cleaned, organised, threw away things not used in years, and cleaned again, until at the end of the day I felt like it was complete for now.

I was left with a space that felt much cleaner, organised, orderly, and in general, lighter. Later, I would refine this even more to match my level of commitment to the project, and, I feel, to life in general.

To me, the power of committing to doing these simple and loving tasks that bring order and spaciousness to our homes is directly correlated to the level that we commit to serving others in our communities. If we can make a decision to change one simple thing about our homes, and feel how it helps things flow better in our household and lives, then maybe we can start to see how helping other people around us is both a needed and an enjoyable activity.

So on that day I was able to bring that outside glorious golden sunshine inside my basement, and more importantly, inside of me, filling my body with light and a different kind of daily purpose. It almost felt like cleaning out my basement was also clearing out space inside my body, so I was able to see how such a seemingly mundane task could hold a greater purpose in my life. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole process without for a minute feeling like I’m missing something by not doing some activity outside. The lightness inside me had matched the brilliant light outside, and I felt a greater spaciousness inside my body. I finished the day with an herbal tea with my wife, as my drinking days are forever gone. This whole experience of de-cluttering my basement has led to bringing more order to the rest of our house, and therefore a deeper spaciousness to our home.

I deeply thank the inspiration of Serge Benhayon and the offerings of Universal Medicine for showing me a way of living that has finally shown me what being LOVE truly means.

By Michael Goodhart

539 thoughts on “Bringing Sunshine inside my Basement by De-cluttering

  1. I love that after completing something that supports you and your home deeply, the benefit of this was confirmed through you getting to feel the lightness and spaciousness inside your body. There is nothing so small or mundane when it comes to cleaning or clearing out that can’t have a remarkable healing affect when truly appreciated and embraced.

  2. I can relate to much of what you have shared Michael – believing that I had to be outside when it was a sunny day, making the most of it, otherwise I would think that my day was not lived to the fullest. Gorgeous to feel how your commitment to work through that which no longer serves holding on to in your house, brought an expansiveness and clarity that was also reflected through your body, that now is filled with the lightness of love. This too I can also relate to. For when we move with the knowing of the love we are within, we move in a way that always offers expansiveness and the freedom to all be all that we are in full, wherever we are.

  3. Michael a timely read for me as I have recently gone through all the boxes I have stored in my parents garage for 3 years after breaking up with my then partner. What the hell was I holding on to I asked myself? I have since done 2 car boot sales and gotten rid of an enormous amount of literally just stuff! I feel soooo much better about it and so much lighter for having made such a huge cull.

  4. I love coming back to this article, it is so inspiring and enlightening. I have several sheds around my home that have held discarded or, ‘it will come in handy or be useful one day’ items. I am gradually clearing them all and it feels so liberating. I also love how you get to realise here that we don’t have to be outside to enjoy the sunshine, the sun can shine as equally within us and how awesome that feels.

  5. ‘I was left with a space that felt much cleaner, organised, orderly, and in general, lighter’. This is in reference to your basement Michael, but it is also in reference to your body. I always feel amazingly light after a deep clear out.

  6. Oh wow. What I am getting here is that I may think I am having ‘my’ moments, doing ‘my’ stuff, but really, everything I do, every moment I breathe, it is not possible to do it just for myself, it is for everyone – and it’s not even a choice. It already is.

  7. I have recently been clearing out my home and I am loving the pockets of spaciousness I am creating. It is not something I have tackled in one day (as for me it felt like that day would never come) it has been one step at a time and it too feels much cleaner.

  8. “I now feel there is nothing to prove to anyone.” – this is really powerful because it comes with a freedom to honour what we feel instead of designing our day according to what we think will get us recognition from others.

  9. “The lightness inside me had matched the brilliant light outside, and I felt a greater spaciousness inside my body.” Beautiful Michael, and just goes to show when we are truly with ourselves it matters not where we are or what we are doing, the lightness and spaciousness that we are affects everyone and everything around us.

  10. A beautiful sharing Michael, thank you. When we are connected to the deliciousness of who we are within, no task is mundane in my experience, for as you say, we take our sunshine with us wherever we go.

  11. A very lovely feeling in the home and in our bodies when we have cleared out, made space and brought order. It’s no longer a burden in the basement but a real pleasure to walk into that room and feel the change.

  12. It is amazing how much time and energy can be used up in trying to prove our worth. And I can find myself caught in this without even realising it, but the tiredness and fatigue that follows is usually a pretty good sign that something has gone amiss…

  13. Michael this is lovely story to read – choosing to live in a way that you no longer need to prove anything to yourself or another. What joy to read of your light and spaciousness now being felt in your body and home
    “This has naturally brought about a greater acceptance of myself no matter what is going on in my life. I now feel there is nothing to prove to anyone”.

  14. It is beautiful to feel and appreciate the lightness and spacious we feel in our body when we have committed to letting go of the ‘stuff’ that we have been holding onto. A great reflection here to see the relationship between the two and how the heaviness we feel in our body from what we have allowed in to clutter it up naturally lifts when we make the choice to let go.

  15. It truly is amazing to feel the difference and clarity de-cluttering brings and the spaciousness in our bodies is notable too. Reflection and awareness for the energy in which we move also plays a large part in allowing ourselves the space and time to honour ourselves to de-clutter. It is a reflection of the level of care in which we will go to, to reveal the true lightness and harmony we hold within.

  16. Our connection to our divine vehicle can not only bring spaciousness and expansion to our movements but from those movements it offers a quality that is sunny all year round.

  17. I’m sure your old self would have looked at a project like this and thought you were absolutely bananas! But I know what you mean about the satisfaction of clearing out old stuff. It is so therapeutic, very healing, and brings a spaciousness that is so welcome. It’s also supportive for living daily life well, especially the area of the basement which is the foundation of your home. I bet you appreciated this for a long time afterwards.

  18. The connection of doing a household chore with feeling better in our bodies, is one I would reckon virtually everyone understands, yet also, most of us would not see reward in it. Which brings the question, what is a reward really, can it ever be rewarding to do something that does not make us feel better, feel like our body is truly supported. Like watching a netflix marathon, it sounds appealing to most of us, but is that only the case if we don’t discern how our body’s respond to such an offering.

  19. To leave something incomplete leaves an obstacle which prevents the natural flow and harmony that is present everywhere, all the time. It feel so good to complete things, even the smallest of details, for in doing so we are strengthening the flow of harmony which then supports us back to be able to bring flow and harmony to things that may take more effort, commitment or focus.

  20. Michael, thank you for sharing such a simple but inspiring experience on how de-cluttering can be so uplifting and energising! Cleaning and decluttering our house, home, garage, basement, cupboards, fridge etc, can be a very detoxing experience – no different to going on a physical detox program or a diet! Time and time again I have felt how unnecessary gear and disorganisation can weigh me down and sap my energy. It is something I regularly do now – clean out and cull areas as they build up and I have found that the more I do it the easier it is to keep on top of it and also not allow it to build up either!

  21. I now love clearing out my house too Michael, I feel such an ease with it, and love the order and lightness it brings. For me a weekend now is great when I get to clean my house, and I’m not shy about sharing that anymore either … years ago I would have considered this so boring and yet now I feel a deep sense of completeness in me, another level of coming home when I take care of my living space and what is in it. I now couldn’t imagine it any other way.

  22. We really can fill our lives with many many distractions, “I find satisfaction and completeness in the simple things in life, because the empty feeling has been replaced by a daily practice of self-loving acts and practical ways to re-connect with my body throughout the day.” but when we fill them with connecting back to self and then living from there, the distractions are less and don’t hold onto us as much.

    1. We ‘fill’ space because we do not want to live it – space being the ‘Body of God’ and thus the beholder of the Universal Intelligence (love) that we come from.

  23. Thank you Michael this is a timely reminder of the lightness and spaciousness felt when we commit to de-cluttering as I am planning to do this in my home over the next 2 days. Having put it off for too long I can feel the stagnation this clutter is bringing to my life and not allowing for simplicity and flow.

  24. Thank you Michael I love how you say ‘ I was able to bring that outside glorious golden sunshine inside my basement, and more importantly, inside of me, filling my body with light and a different kind of daily purpose. . . . The lightness inside me had matched the brilliant light outside, and I felt a greater spaciousness inside my body.’ Shining the sun inside – that is exactly how it feels to me too!

  25. Clearing our old stuff is definitely one of the best ways to prepare for what’s next in your life. I love doing a mini version of this in my bedroom every week or two, total clean out, rearrange, throw things out, I feel so ready for life after doing this.

  26. Beautiful how you acknowledge when we fill our time up with sports and hobbies, we are just filling up empty time when there is so much more we can do. I loved how you made more space for yourself by clearing your basement out, I could feel the expansion as I read your blog.

  27. Ah exquisite Michael – this is the work of the true Son; one who knows and is connected with the eternal flame of love that burns within us all, and is able to harness such light to affect the space around him/her.

  28. This is the 3rd blog comment post I’ve read this morning on de-cluttering. I’m definitely feeling inspired to do a bit of a clear out myself.

  29. Today I was explaining to my employees we work in the cleaning how the way we prepare the cleaning and how the cleaning car is prepared by order or not has an effect on the way we clean. The same as how we leave our house when we go to work has an effect on the way we will be easy to handle all. Chaos creates more chaos in many ways. Care and love and order creates more of that beauty. We make our life easy or difficult by the way we deal with it.

  30. The clearness and space we can bring to our homes sets a foundation of clarity that feeds us back in more ways than we know.

  31. Going through my home at intervals cleaning out areas that can gather clutter allows me an opportunity to also make space within me. It is so true Michael that doing this means that we too feel lighter, more open and loving.

  32. Cleaning and clearing space is one of the most invigorating and liberating things to do in my experience… the feeling of clarity and spaciousness is very good for our sense of wellbeing.

  33. ‘To me, the power of committing to doing these simple and loving tasks that bring order and spaciousness to our homes is directly correlated to the level that we commit to serving others in our communities.’ Great observation Michael and it makes sense that what we do and how we live in one area of our life flows into another. In truth there is no separation between the different domains of our life at all – they’re one and the same. What we think we hide or keep separate from the world is still in the world and will be felt in us, even if we pretend otherwise.

  34. I recently had a de-clutter of old photos and files on my computer. Amazing how much I cleared out and how much ‘lighter’ me and my computer feel.

  35. It is amazing quite how much stuff we hold onto in basements, attics, cupboards, store rooms and rarely if ever will use again. It feels like a dead weight holding us back in many ways. I know as soon as I do a clear out it feels hard to do but a relief abd freeing for my body saying bye to the old and allowing more space for what is before me.

  36. Your writing speaks of commitment to a certain quality of life that is spacious and free from imposition, and how this can be chosen without condition and without need, just a simple choice to create more space.

  37. Michael, as we are connecting to the decency and respect we have for ‘the environment we live in’ then we can de-cluttering as you are sharing, which brings about how amazing we can be when we come to completion in any area of our life. Then when we apply this simple purpose as you have and by being connected as we complete these tasks we expedite our evolution. So what am I talking about when it comes to connection? My understanding is that we have an inner-most heart and that is a connection like no other connection because it is us re-connecting to divine creation, which is us moving towards heaven.

  38. Great sharing Michael. Decluttering our house has a effect on lives and our bodies. Because even when don’t see the trash, or things that no longer benefit us that is stored in a room or in a cupboard, we can still feel it.

  39. I love this Michael, ‘because the empty feeling has been replaced by a daily practice of self-loving acts and practical ways to re-connect with my body throughout the day.’ Beautiful, and what a difference this makes as you showed in this blog.

  40. There is much we are able to let go of when we choose to declutter and simplify our life, the ensuing feeling of lightness and spaciousness in our body is very freeing and empowering.

  41. Thank you Michael, like the sunshine you mention in this blog, your words shine in on my day, and make it clear in a beautiful way, that whilst I might not run marathons or do competitive sport I have used busyness, personally and at work to achieve the same effect: total overload of the nervous system, to the point where it’s hard to feel anything. Your words give me courage to step back from overwhelming myself and start to clean up my day-to-day junk.

  42. How wonderful to bring order and detail to our daily living and feel the commitment and purpose that takes place.

  43. Recently we had some frequent strong typhoons hitting our city and for a few days we had to stop activity in our daily work and normal life and stay home. That was so exposing as I felt so uncomfortable to have to stop and do nothing, it felt like I was trapped inside. The honesty that I was forced to face was how I truly felt if I did not have something to do to earn me recognition and if I could still commit to life in the same manner? Quickly I felt this could be a day of catch up in work, and I could have gone that direction, but there is something more, I was asked to rest and feel. Do I allow myself to feel everything that is within my home, when there is no where I can go to avoid feeling it? I chose to be inspired and felt what was truly needed in these days of typhoon and obediently followed the call.

  44. Decluttering the basement is a very foundational thing to do as basements are under our living quarters. Any declutttering at all brings with it a lightness and sense of sunshine and space no matter what the weather is like outside. Thank you Michael I am off to do some decluttering myself now.

  45. Beautiful Michael, so supportive, I am choosing to make my life more simple too, ‘ I find satisfaction and completeness in the simple things in life, because the empty feeling has been replaced by a daily practice of self-loving acts and practical ways to re-connect with my body throughout the day.’

  46. I am in the process of moving home and appreciate how much has changed in regards to material items and how effortless it is to be able to discard items that are no longer needed. In the past I would have held onto items given to me from relatives past or small keepsakes but now feel they are no longer necessary and only have items that are supportive and serve a purpose in our home. Discarding items we no longer need also offers us a reflection on what we are willing to hold onto for emotional values or to discard to feel the joy and spaciousness we are already.

  47. I love to clean and clear things out and how this supports forward is a huge thing to feel. More and more I can coming ‘home’ to clear and clean things out. It’s not that every moment is in the basement but there is a dedication to realising that it’s all connected, everything is everything. So there maybe poles apart for how things that are physically but the connection can be felt if we choose.

  48. “It almost felt like cleaning out my basement was also clearing out space inside my body, so I was able to see how such a seemingly mundane task could hold a greater purpose in my life.” Thank you Michael for sharing, I am inspired to clear out my wardrobe which I have been resisting for some time, which will give me a sense of clearing the resistance I feel in my body at times.

  49. “The lightness inside me had matched the brilliant light outside, and I felt a greater spaciousness inside my body.” This is lovely Michael it just shows that more happens than we realise when we clear out and make space in our home it can be felt in the body, and opens up the possibility for others to feel it too.

  50. Allowing myself to see “my drive to fill my time with activities like sports was just a way to distract myself from feeling an emptiness brought on from not feeling like I was enough as I was.” This is great Michael, and finding that when the sports are gone filling the emptiness comes in many virtual realities along with a host of other distraction to keep us from our divine connection or inner-most, so our emptiness is filled by who we are in essence.

  51. Our movements mirror our purpose for living and how we de-clutter our houses is a direct reflection of how we feel within. We can bring sunshine as you say into all areas of our houses and we can reflect that same sunshine from our bodies movements too.

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