Tis the season for bulky sweaters, wool throws, good books and snuggling by the fireplace with a cup of joe or a mug of mulled wine. The pace is more relaxed now, offering a good excuse to slow down, reflect . . . and maybe clean the clutter from a few cupboards.
Join us as we KICK THE CLUTTER from your house in 16 Days! Let’s start this season fresh, clutter free and organized, opening up space for new opportunities (or maybe new boots) to come into our lives. Each day a new task will be given to rid your house of the extra clutter. Each will take only about 20 minutes.
I’ve lived in my tiny condo now for two years and I’m amazed at how much stuff the Mister and I were able to shed. And guess what: I haven’t missed any of my stuff! None of those things made me a better person, filled a void in my life or brought sparkle to my daily life, although I thought they did. Now I focus on adventure, experiences and new opportunities to bring joy into my daily life.
This time of the year, it can be hard to get off the couch or feel motivated to do much of anything, let alone go through all your cupboards and closets. Have you always wanted to host a few friends and family for wine and nibbles over the holidays but never felt like you had the space, or your place was too disorganized or just too messy? Now’s the time to send out that invite and then dive in and attack your stuff. A little bit of time and progress each day will help you stay motivated, and you’ll be hosting that get-together in your tidy house soon.
Remind yourself that your items aren’t actually people and can’t feel your emotions—only you can. Give yourself permission to let go of things that don’t make you sparkle. Grandma, who has been gone for years, is not going to get her feelings hurt if you donate her ornate, grandiose hutch. If you never liked it but felt obligated to keep it, now is the time to let it go.
It’s time to make room for new things that add joy and new opportunities such as hosting a party in your clean and tidy space. Too much stuff in our homes can weigh us down and keep us from moving forward.
Here’s a list of questions to ask yourself as you purge through your belongings:
- Have I used it in the last year?
- Why am I attached to this? Is it a sentimental item that makes me sparkle or do I feel guilty getting rid of it?
- Does it still fit me and my lifestyle? Do I feel confident and fabulous when I wear it?
- Am I keeping this for my kids? Realistically, will they want this item?
- Do I have a similar item that serves the same purpose?
- If I were shopping right now, would I buy this?
- Is the item broken and will I fix it in the near future and then use it?
Join us on this challenge and comment below. Let us know how good it feels to let go of stuff! You’ll be amazed how freeing this activity can be and how new opportunities will now have room to come into your life.