What I don't want to admit
Here's something embarrassing I'm hesitant to share...
Over the past couple of months, our house has been turned upside down for some home renovations.
While I'm excited that our house is finally painted and our bedrooms have new plush carpet, the truth is that our house is still a chaotic mess (even though the work was finished weeks ago!)
And as often as I tell my clients how important it is to clear the clutter from their space, I myself haven't been able to get a handle on decluttering our home.
Pretty much everywhere I look in our house, there's SOMETHING to be sorted, put back, or thrown away.
Can you relate?
Being surrounded by clutter creates an energetic drain on us.
Every misplaced or unused item is screaming for our attention, and over time, clutter leads to stress and feelings of overwhelm.
It also distracts us from focusing on what we want and taking action towards our dreams.
And to be clear, clutter doesn’t just refer to things you need to tend to (like mail, pile of books or magazines, or unfinished tasks), or things that are in the wrong place or don’t have a home.
Clutter also refers to things you don’t or no longer love, things that were gifted to you and you feel obligated to keep, as well as things that don’t represent who you are or no longer represent who you are.
When we hold onto things that don't reflect our dreams and the person we want to be, it can create mental fog that clouds our thinking and drains our energy.
So if you're experiencing a lack of direction or clarity, confusion, procrastination, or you're finding it hard to take action, my guess is that you're also surrounded by clutter. Because our external environment reflects our internal state.
To help you get started with decluttering your space so you can pursue your dreams and fully live your potential, here are a few tips:
Start small - choose a corner of a room to focus on and set a timer for 10 or 15 minutes. This will help you make progress without feeling overwhelmed. Take a break after the timer goes off, and repeat either later in the day or the following day.
Start with rooms you spend a lot of time in, such as the bedroom - having a bedroom that feels like a sanctuary for rejuvenation at the end of the day can improve your sleep, stress levels, and even your romantic relationship. You spend almost a third of your life in the bedroom, so why not make it as comfortable and stress-free as possible?
Question everything you have by asking yourself questions like, Does this bring me joy? Do I need this? Do I love this? Are the memories I have associated with it positive? Does it make me feel good? Does it reflect the person I’ve become now? Does it reflect the person I want to be?
A good rule to remember is to surround yourself with things that you truly love, and let go of the things you don’t.
To freeing up energy and space for creating what you truly want in your life,