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Every aspect of your life is anchored energetically in your living space, so clearing clutter can completely transform your entire existence.
- Karen Kingston -
Be thankful for your loved ones. Be thankful for your family...that family you have today or family that is gone for the time you DID have with them. Be thankful for experiences, places you have been, music you have loved, dances you can relive in your mind over and over. Be thankful for your heath, either that which you have, or the health that is being given good care by doctors or other medical professionals.
Eliminate the things that interfere with that joy. Things that bring you great joy or serve a purpose you keep. All else is clutter and it is time to let go. Make space for new happy memories. Happy Thanksgiving.
You might already be thinking about holiday shopping or even started your shopping. I encourage you to think about experiences rather than things.
Parents Magazine ran a great piece about this option and I encourage you to read it. The best thing about experiences is this is something your recipient will remember...probably forever. My sister-in-law gave her niece a day in DC with a disposable camera. (This was before cell phone cameras--today it would be even easier!) This time spent with a loved one is so meaningful and lasts way beyond a toy that many times only adds to clutter.
Lots of experience ideas are online. Become a tourist in your own home town! Go to the beach or the mountains--just the two of you. Go camping, take a cooking class together, or think of something that would be special just to this person.
Every time I have asked my nephew if he would like to volunteer somewhere with me when he visits, the answer has always been yes. He is all smiles when we leave to go get lunch afterwards and talk about our experience. He says he feels good--ya know, me too! He came to visit recently and I asked if he would like to go to the convention center to pack meals for the families in Puerto Rico hit by Hurricane Maria. He immediately said yes. He is 29. This has been his habit his entire life and one of the many things I admire about him. I think you will see the same with your kids, your grandkids or your loved ones. Cut the clutter, add to the love
Time to get rid of those things that you no longer use—regardless of what you might have spent when you first bought it. Pass it along, donate it, or ditch it. Think of all the extra closet space you gain and the good you are doing for someone who might visit Goodwill looking for just that sort of outfit!
As you work on decluttering and getting organized, don't get caught up in it all needing to be perfect. If you are making progress, you are doing GREAT! Keep it up!
The new book "The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning" is due to be published here in the US in January. Although I hate the name, it makes sense. The point of the book is that your kids, or other ones left behind, don't want your stuff, so it is time to declutter NOW, before you are gone.
In my classes, and working with clients, I always say we don't want to leave the chore of sorting through our things to our loved ones after we are gone. Well, in addition, said more bluntly, the author believes (correctly so) that they don't want our crap.
So, add this to your bucket list, but put it as #1 so you do it soon, and start decluttering.
To read more about "The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning" see the article in the Washington Post at https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/lifestyle/home/americans-are-pack-rats-swedes-have-the-solution-death-cleaning/2017/10/12/248dcf82-aebe-11e7-a908-a3470754bbb9_story.html
I think this is a great solution to storing my frying pans! What do you think? Love it? Get it here...https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06ZZCZHR6?psc=1
Many of my clients LOVE getting products at the Container Store or Amazon for the organizing in their home. I do too! BUT, until you fully declutter, there is no point getting those products as you don't know what you will need. That should be ONLY done after ALL your sorting and decluttering is behind you. Then the fun really begins.
Steph has been organizing for over ten years. Her simple tips here can help you get and keep organized and add calm to your life.