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.
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?