Article contributed by guest author, Char Tarashanti, Creative Renewal presenter.
Sheltering in place offers an opportunity to make positive changes in our home environments. One challenge that we all face is the accumulation of clutter. Various types of clutter collect in various areas of our homes. Clutter impedes the flow of life force energy. Energy that we need for good health.
Before you start, set a goal for the overall effect you wish to accomplish. Then set a mini goal for each decluttering session. Write them down and check them off as they are accomplished. Celebrate every success! If you miss the mark, recommit to the plan, and try again. Decluttering is a process that takes time and perseverance.
Try to handle each item only once. Have receptacles for each type of clutter you are dismantling including a large garbage bag for throw-away items, a bag or box for give-aways and a container for a few undecided items. Date it and review in 6 months. Choose a specific place for the things that you keep. Infrequently used items should be stored out-of-sight. Keep in view only those essentials that are used on a daily, or almost daily, basis. Taking time now to organize your belongings will pay off later. What is the pay off? More time and energy for other things you need or want to do.
Below are some additional suggestions to help eliminate clutter.
- Do not have mirrors in cluttered areas. The reflection doubles the appearance and effect of clutter. You may temporarily cover mirrors until that area has been decluttered.
- Open windows or place a fan in the area where you are working. It will keep you more comfortable as you work. The flow of fresh air will sweep away stagnant energy.
- Play energizing music while you declutter, any genre that appeals to you. It will lift your spirits and provide motivation to stick with the task.
- Focus on one area at a time. It’s overwhelming to take on a large space or multiple areas all at once. Keep it manageable and fun, one drawer, one shelf at a time.
- Set a time limit to prevent burn-out. Ten to twenty minutes a day makes a significant difference over a week’s time. If you choose to work in longer segments of time, be sure to take breaks. Stretch, drink water, breathe deeply, and enjoy the progress you’ve made.
- Ask for help from family or friends. “Many hands make light work” applies, especially on the bigger tasks. Plus, it gets buy-in from family members to minimize future clutter. Make it a game and give accolades (or prizes) to helpers.
Your home is your sanctuary. Make it as comfortable, inviting, and efficient as possible. It will make your life easier and will conserve your energy for activities that you enjoy. A good rule of thumb: keep nothing that is not either beautiful or useful to you.
What cluttered area is calling for attention in your home to make it a more usable and enjoyable space for you and your family?