My favorite quote:
“Keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away."
Dunah Mulock Craik
April 1826 - 12 October 1887
Your Clutter Free Journey
Take the first step on your Clutter Free Journey to living a beautiful, clutter free life! On your journey, you will examine your relationship with the stuff in your life and it's impact on your overall well-being. You will learn to make choices over what you invite into your home. The way we feel inside is directly reflected in our living spaces. In turn, our living spaces affect our internal well-being. By making small, steady changes in our living environment, we can change how we feel inside and make our homes a reflection of what is important to us.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
HOW TO BEGIN:
Do what is easy at first. A great place to begin is your medicine cabinet/area. Dispose of expired medication/empty containers/broken dispensers etc. You will be amazed at how much you find and how much space you will clear up. Often this area is so congested with bottles, that it is very difficult to find what you need. Typically, this is not an area that would stir up emotions and should be fairly straightforward.
Each day as you make decisions on what area to work on, base this on your mood, energy level and schedule. Tackle areas you know are more difficult for you when you have the time and motivation to do so. For women, this is often clothing, shoes, and kitchen items. Save the easy areas that are less emotional and require less thought, under the kitchen sink, the coat closet, a spare bathroom, for when you know that it will be more difficult for you.
Always remember, it is only 10 items. It can truly take less than 5 minutes depending on the area you are working on. Make it easy on yourself, this is not a punishment, rather a present you are giving yourself!
I don't care what the clutter is or how you count it. If you toss an old file full of papers you decide how to count it: 1 item or 20. These details to do not matter. What is important is that you are consistent and are doing it! Remember, slow and steady wins the race! Don't let the big picture overwhelm you. You will be amazed at how great you feel once you get started!
You are on your way to a peaceful, decluttered home that reflects who you are and how you want to live!
p.s. My medicine cabinet yielded 29 items decluttered! Even though I went through this area a few months ago, we had a lot of expired, over the counter and prescription medication. (Including ones I missed last time) I also tossed out about 10 little plastic measuring cups and syringes that you use to take your meds. Many were faded and you couldn't read the numbers.