Are you feeling tight and constricted, and need a plan to clear your personal space? You may have a lot on your plate right now, but how are you using your extra time? Time is a precious commodity, and we can never get it back. So don’t waste yours. Dedicate one to two hours per day clearing the clutter in your home so you can open yourself up to a world of fresh, new possibilities.
Freeing up your space from mountains of clutter will allow you room to breathe, grow and expand. Doesn’t that sound refreshing? So you may be thinking, I’ve got a lot of stuff, TK, where do I begin? If all your rooms are jammed with junk, I say begin in the kitchen—the cabinets, drawers and counters. You know those plastic containers you’ve been storing from takeout? Get rid of those, and check if you can recycle them. We already discussed the devastating effects plastic has on our environment. As you’re cleaning out your pantry, you may discover multiple sets of pans and other items. Start a donation box.
This project could take a few weeks or longer. In order to avoid burnout, only spend a portion of your day in this activity. When you’re done in the kitchen, proceed to the bedroom. And when you open your closet, instead of throwing up your hands in despair, as I once did, visualize how it’s going to look in a few days. Take your time. This is doable. You know you must release those outfits that have been hanging there for ten years and no longer fit. Letting go will feel so liberating. Continue to add to your donation box. Someone else will be overjoyed that you are clearing your space.
Periodically, check in with yourself. Are you beginning to feel lighter, happier, energized and inspired? Ah! Freeing up your space allows room for creativity. Lighter living leads to higher living.
Set a new intention to tackle your office last, because it will require more thoughtful work. Where’s your desk? It’s probably hidden under the mounds of paper, files, notes and receipts. Reviewing files and shredding years of personal documents can be time consuming. Be patient. The lamp on your desk will eventually reappear. Look at the progress you’ve already made. And finally, commit to cleaning up your email messages and deleted files on the computer. I have this one on my list, too—an annual ritual that is way overdue.
Professional organizer Christina Scalise said, “Clutter is the physical manifestation of unmade decisions fueled by procrastination.”
Perhaps you may have postponed dejunktifying your home for years, because it seems overwhelming. But if you take your time, you will witness a slow and steady transformation. Clearing your space is a process. Celebrate your milestones. Do your happy dance after completing each room. Decluttering your outer space will create an inner peace. But in order to preserve that inner peace, you’ll need to establish a maintenance schedule and not allow crap to trap you again.
Take pictures of your progress. A before-and-after photo will provide you with a feeling of accomplishment. Send pictures to your friends on social media so they will be inspired to manage their mess, too.
Four Steps to Nourish, Transform and Flourish
• Set a loving intention to begin the process of decluttering your home this week.
• Begin by picking a room that needs your urgent attention, and take as much time as you need.
• How will letting go and freeing up your space allow room for creativity and expansion?
• Close your eyes and visualize how this lifestyle change can prepare you for your amazing second half.
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In love, peace and health--
Your feminine glow guide,
T. Kari Mitchell, M.Ed.
Certified Holistic Health Coach
When your spirit is nourished, your inner light produces an outer glow reflecting your beauty and truth.