To paint a picture for you of how much I love it, here’s a quick story.
And it really did happen. This week.
My partner comes in to the room with a bottle in which he tried to make a shake.
He goes: “It leaks through the screw-top!”
To which I immediately say: “Can I chuck it!?”
With probably a bit too much enthusiasm, judging by his look. ;)
So you see, I’m all in on decluttering.
But why would you care?
It wasn’t that long ago that media discussed heavily the plastic surgeries that celebrities undergo to look younger. (Bear with me, there is a connection here.) And even though that’s not my arena, I was thrilled to hear Julia Roberts commented on her maturing looks (without surgeries) attributing them to… decluttering! Both in physical and emotional sense.
Julia Roberts said:
“It’s about non-grasping, non-hoarding, cleaning out your closet, dusting out your mind and letting go of the things that weigh you down mentally and emotionally. There’s a lightness to my life now – an airy quality of not taking things too seriously.”
And it’s exactly what I’d love to challenge you to do over the next week. I’d like for you to experience how much of an effect clutter has on us. And the way to do it is to reverse its effects and feel the relief of a cleared space.
Declutter one area of your home now and live with it for a week – see the difference it will make immediately.
So here are the exact steps you need to follow to take part in this challenge:
1. Decide on the area of your home* that you’ll declutter (either now or over the weekend).
*For best results this should be an area that you use in your everyday life, not a drawer somewhere where you rarely look anyway.
2. Go and take a picture of this area NOW. As it is in all its “glory” ;)
3. Schedule into your calendar an hour to go through that area with the intention of removing what no longer serves you.
4. Post a comment below to keep yourself accountable.
5. Declutter when the scheduled hour comes.
No second guessing and taking up different projects during this hour. One hour. Sort through everything. Decide what you don’t need. Either donate or throw away. Work as if you were working under a deadline. One hour means quick decisions.
6. Look back at the results. Take a picture to compare and see how much you’ve achieved!
7. Don’t forget to celebrate! All good deeds should be rewarded. Take a bubble bath or have a glass of your favourite beverage while watching an episode of a favourite series.
8. Experience the results of immediate change brought to you by decluttering.
Side effects of this challenge include:
sense of satisfaction and accomplishment,
feelings of being lighter, having more air and space around you,
being open to new things,
There is no time like this weekend to take the first step.
Decluttering is about much more than getting rid of old/broken/unused things. It goes from dropping guilt (who needs that!?), to minimising toxic relationships and crossing-off your to-do list projects you have been putting off for a while. But we will talk much more about that in the Dream Home Course.
In the meantime, let’s start from decluttering one area (only one, that can’t be too hard, can it?) and experience the immediate change.
Will you accept the challenge?
I hope you will – go back to step one and follow the easy steps. And remember that Julia Roberts swears by it as the best anti-wrinkles cream ;)
(although I’m sure good genes didn’t hurt:])
Leave a comment below and let us know – what will you declutter this weekend?
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Wishing you an “airy” weekend,