Breathing Room: Open Your Heart by Decluttering Your Home

Breathing Room: Open Your Heart by Decluttering Your Home

by Lauren Rosenfeld, Melva Green


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Cleaning out your cupboards isn’t just about a tidier kitchen. Find peace, repair your past, and live a more fulfilled life with this uplifting guide to the spiritual practice of decluttering.

Bless your clutter. Yes, you heard right: Bless it. Bless everything in your life that is superfluous, broken, burdensome, and overwhelming—because it is all here to teach you an important lesson, perhaps the most important lesson there is: what really matters.

Everyone’s lives could use some serious decluttering. But decluttering isn’t just about sorting junk into piles and tossing things in the trash. Decluttering can inform us of our burdens, help us to understand our attachments, and aid us in identifying what is truly valuable in our lives.

Written by a medical doctor and a spiritual intuitive, with case studies of people just like you, Breathing Room takes you on an enlightening room-by-room tour where each room in your home corresponds to a “room” in your heart, and where declutter­ing will not just make space but improve the spirit.

So, if it’s weighing you down, if it’s become an obstacle, if it’s making it near impossible for you to find the things you really love—it’s time for you to let it go and find a little breathing room.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582704579
Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 666,186
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Dr. Melva Green is a board-certified psychiatrist, TV personality, and spiritual healer. She is an expert doctor on the popular and critically acclaimed A&E show Hoarders. Dr. Green travels nationally and internationally assisting spiritually awakening souls who have committed to detoxing and decluttering—mentally, emotionally, and spiritually—so that they might live their best lives and awaken into their full potential. She lives in northern California with her son.

Lauren Rosenfeld, M.A., M.Ed., believes that the mundane details of our life are the stepping stones on our intimate path of the spirit. She is a professional Soul Declutterer who helps her clients let go of physical and emotional clutter that are preventing them their Breathing Room. She coauthored Your To Be List and blogs at, where she shares lessons on how our daily lives shine with spiritual lessons. She is an unapologetic hippie-peacenick-pluralist-dreamer who resides in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband and four children.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii

Introduction: How We Can Help You, Your Home, and Your Heart xix

1 The Nature of Clutter 1

Step 1 Stop and Listen

2 Stop 21

3 Listen 25

Step 2 Intend

4 Intend 37

5 Your Home Entry: Room for Open Invitation 49

6 Your Living Room: Room for Relaxation and Happiness 55

7 Your Dining Room: Room for Nourishment and Sharing 65

8 Your Kitchen: Room for Collaboration and Creativity 71

9 Your Child's Room: Room for Growth and Change 79

10 Your Home Office: Room for Information and Inspiration 91

11 Your Bedroom: Room for Rest and Love 101

12 Your Bathroom: Room for Self-Acceptance and Renewal 111

13 Your Storage: Room for Life-Giving Memories 121

14 Your Breathing Room: Room for Mindfulness and Compassion 131

Step 3 Clear the Energy

15 The Ten Principles of Spiritual Decluttering 141

16 Principle 1: Don't Attack-Clear with Compassion 143

17 Principle 2: Out with Consuming Emotions, In with Sustainable Emotions 155

18 Principle 3: Letting Go with Grace and Gratitude 167

19 Principle 4: Accept Where You Are 179

20 Principle 5: Just Say No to Clutter Enablers and Clutter Dumps 187

21 Principle 6: Pass Your Clutter Through the Three Gates of Meaning 203

22 Principle 7: The Three Standards of True Value-Happiness, Freedom, Ease 213

23 Principle 8: Consider Your Legacy as You Live 223

24 Principle 9: No More Hiding Places 239

25 Principle 10: Your Home Is Already Uncluttered-It Is in Its Nature to Be That Way 249

A Final Note: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life 255

Acknowledgments 259

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