I have been doing a lot of decluttering and simplifying in my home the last month. It has been so freeing and feels great. The more simple and clean our environment, the more serene and grounded we are. We can connect with our spirit guides and and our higher self more easily and not be distracted.
Consider taking quality time over the next few weeks and months to clear out your home and your head. Be patient and gentle with yourself as you go through these changes. Keep it simple and positive.
Here are some things that helped me:
Before you start, have everything you need in your home – 3 mil black trash bags, boxes for donations (or plastic tubs you keep and have the thrift store give back to you when they take the stuff out), wide tape, and pretty bins, markers, and labels for organizing what you do keep.
Start with one thing in one room, whether it’s a closet or some kitchen drawers. Don’t stop until it’s cleared out and organized how you want.
If it’s not useful or beautiful to you, let it go. I don’t care how much you paid for it or who gave it to you, let it go.
If it’s not something you’re going to use in the next few months, or cannot fit in a few organized and labeled bins of holiday/seasonal decorations – donate, sell, or throw it away.
Reorganize and thin out your clothes and accessories, and your family’s. Clear off all counters and shelving except for a few useful or beautiful items. Less is more.
When you’re done with an entire room, paint and minimally decorate it just how you want it now. Find inspiration on Pinterest or an Interior Designer’s page on Instagram. There is huge satisfaction in the newly redone room.
Finish each room completely before going to the next room.
Work on decluttering for at least 30-minutes a day, a few days a week, more whenever you can. It is all satisfying progress.
Set an alarm on your phone to do an area or room, and just get up and start.
Ask for help if needed from someone reliable and calming.
When you’re done with the room or an area, get the trash and donations out of your house by the next day. If something doesn’t sell in a week, donate it.
Your inner peacefulness and calmness is the priority. Clear house, clear mind. Your home is your temple.
Give yourself at least a few hours every week to do this priority of decluttering. By early Spring you will have an organized, soothing, and inviting home.
One thing that does correlate with this is your finances. Write out your budget and stick to it. Put money in savings. Don’t use credit cards and make a realistic plan to pay off all your debt. If your bills are paid on time, do not worry about money. When you’re fiscally responsible, it enhances your peacefulness in your environment.
For 2023, unless it’s to help you organize, try not to buy anything and bring it into your house unless it’s groceries, household necessities, or needed toiletries. Don’t buy in bulk, and don’t buy just because it’s on sale. It’s always on sale somewhere. Utilize what you already have.
The money you save, you can pay cash for a new high quality couch you love, great mattress, luxurious curtains, plush comforter set, something needed for your outdoor space, etc.
Buying quality furniture and art pieces doesn’t always have to be expensive. Consider second-hand purchases and get beautiful pieces that you will treasure for years to come. I love up-cycling old furniture and DIY projects.
Remember to sage your entire home every week you clear out a room. You can “smudge” with white sage and palo santo. Refresh and align the energy in your home.