So? How was your week without resolutions? Did you feel lighter? Guilt-free of having to do something and not doing it? Well, for me, I had a smooth transition between 2010 and 2011 🙂 didn’t have to get ready for anything specific…
Now I know that I promised you will have to do one thing; I want you to save on your energy, by clearing the clutter around you…
Have you opened your wardrobe closet recently? Drawers in your bedroom? Drawers of your desk? Your handbags? Your kitchen drawers? Your wallets? Your garage? Your car? If you have, are you sure that you still wear/use/need all these stuff?
Feng Shui (Wind & Water) is an ancient Chinese art that reveals how to balance the energy (or Chi) of any given space to assure the mental and emotional well-being of people inhabiting it. An environment where energy can flaw smoothly is a good Feng Shui. For this to happen, clutter, which is a stagnant energy, must be cleared. Got it?
Clutter leads to more clutter; with this happening, your anxiety and tension thermometer keeps rising every time you see it, as you feel overwhelmed with all the things you have to do.
What is the best way to do it? I don’t know your stuff but I can give you some small steps to follow:
- Don’t think about removing your clutter; just do it!
- Have two bags ready: garbage bag, garage sale or charity bag
- Do one set of drawers or one room at a time
- If you don’t have the patience, do it in chunks: every time you open a drawer or a closet, pick up couple of stuff that you don’t need (or you forget you had them!) and put them in the appropriate bag
- Clothes you haven’t worn in the last 12 months, most probably you won’t wear them in the upcoming ones! They go to the charity bag…
- Before you buy something new, make sure you need it and don’t have an old one, and if you do, check if you need to give away/throw the old one. If you’re not sure, leave it at the store, go home, check it out then go back to buy, if needs be. This way you don’t create a new clutter!
- Learn to let go stuff you don’t use or that doesn’t work. As I told you in a previous whisper, let go of things and hang on to people
- Group items together; books with books, coats with coats, bags with bags; this way you know what you have and what you need to get
- Go through your books, magazines
- Go through your paper documents; gather documents together and label them.
- Go through your car
- Go through your folders and emails on your computer. It can be cluttered very easily as well!!!
- Organize your remaining stuff
- Once you are done, decide on a weekly 15-min time slot where you organize or throw 5 items
Wendell Berry, an American novelist and poet, said: “Don’t own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire.”
If you can’t clear you clutter, rest assured my friend you will procrastinate any future resolution you want to make!
This whisper is dedicated to each and every one of you who has to deal with his/her clutter 😉 I would love to hear from you on how you felt once you were done with it!
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