March 18, 2011
If you have begun to do your Spring cleaning and clearing how about stepping back for a few moments to take a little inventory first.
I think it’s important to recognize that EVERYONE has an area of their life that they would like to find more space, less clutter and more organization.
Today I’d like to be the voice of encouragement to remind you that no matter what amount of clutter you may have in your life you are not alone and you can forgive yourself. Clutter is an outcome of an overwhelming, over scheduled, overly busy life style (hello most of us who are reading this!).
Starting today, how about just taking a mental inventory to identify the areas of clutter that are in your life. Is it a certain room (s) or a certain category of stuff (ex. paperwork) that stresses you out, or maybe it’s your spouse or kids stuff that drives you nuts? Do you find yourself feeling guilty, stressed, embarrassed or ashamed about having too much of something? You may want to write it down and write about how it makes you feel. Writing can be a helpful tool to begin the clearing process and help you identify patterns of behavior so you won’t repeat them. This process can be so much more meaningful than just throwing away your old junk.
Clearing and releasing will bring new space into your life. Why not take a little time before you begin to toss the junk to really give some thought to what you want to create in your new space. Some questions you can ask yourself:
- Do you need to save time because your constantly looking for things?
- Do you have stuff that you feel you “should” hold onto because someone you love gave it to you?
- Do you have items that are broken, poor quality or you just don’t love for whatever reason?
- Do you want to create a space for a certain activity you love doing?
All of this information will help you identify what you can begin to release. This legwork will make the action steps of tossing and re-organizing whats left so much easier.
As we move into Spring this weekend why not take a little time to inventory what no longer serves you so you can make space for new growth!
March 11, 2011
“Living Empty means we release the things that are no longer in alignment with who we are becoming. The release itself tells us who that is. The emptiness shows us the way.”~Christine Kane
If you have been following my blog this year you may remember my word of intention for this year is Clarity! In beginning to clear away some of the physical (and emotional) baggage I’ve been dragging around I’ve recently realized that I want to help people find clarity in their own lives. I will be working towards becoming a Certified Professional Organizer over the next 1-2 years so this will be a subject you will be seeing more of here. I’m actually surprised I didn’t include de-cluttering in my Wednesday Wellness series! Living organized is living well! My objective in helping my clients is to: Cultivate creative solutions for a more joyful home.
Do you hang onto stuff because you think you might use it again one day or it’s simply sentimental or you just can’t part with it because you love it? There is no right or wrong answer but there are those of us that have a very hard time parting with things. I am not a hoarder by any means and I also don’t consider myself a minimalist (and I certainly don’t think everyone needs to be) I fall somewhere in the middle, which I suspect is where most people fall. I think we all have areas in our homes and our lives that get cluttered and overwhelming and sometimes we need a push to get started. I do think it’s a very healthy process to get rid of things that you no longer need and making even small changes in your home can create big changes in your life!
Every Spring and Fall I go through a period of purging that usually lasts a month or two. I get rid of things that I no longer need, things that are broken, things I just don’t love anymore and things that I know someone else could use more than me. I have a rule that I picked up somewhere, whenever I get something new I have to get rid of something. For example last week I got a new pair of PJ’s but I got rid of a pair (actually like 3) that were worn out and I didn’t really use any more. I also have a rule that I rarely buy books. I’m an avid Library user so I get tons of books from them and I consider all the late fee’s I get my contribution towards the library system. If I can’t find what I want at the library I usually ask around and try to borrow it and if that doesn’t work I may end up buying it myself. I love books but my house would be filled to the roof if I owned every book I read or wanted to read.
So, what are you doing this weekend? Why not get started on that Spring cleaning if you haven’t already. Maybe start with some books and some of those winter clothes you haven’t worn once this winter. Go ahead, give yourself permission to live a little lighter and find a little more joy in your new found space!