Lately I’ve been thinking about home and how to create more space for the things I love.
To help, I purchased the book Spark Joy: an illustrated master class on the art of organizing and tidying up by Marie Kondo. I intended to follow the guide and “tidy up” in the order she recommended, but was overcome by a deep desire to just get rid of it all! This led me on a cleaning spree that resulted in 3 bags of donated clothes, 1 bag of shoes, 4 bags of recycling, and 10 bags of donated books! Oh yes, and a mostly rearranged bedroom.
This cleaning spree was preceded by a felt-sense of needing more space to allow new things to come in. I don’t have a handle yet on all of the “new”, but know it includes, new relationships, new art, new work, and uncovering new layers of myself.
Despite the need for new, I am also a creature of habit and can be easily overwhelmed by too much new. To help, I stayed connected to the following reminders:
I get to choose
It can sometimes be easy to feel like you are held hostage to the choices others make for you. This is simply not true. Do your best to remember that you get to choose what is right for your life.
Just because I’m asked it doesn’t mean I have to say “yes”
It can be easy to fall victim to “sparkly object syndrome” or being a “people pleaser”. If you notice you have a natural tendency to say yes first and think about it second, remember that you can say no. In fact, you should always say no to things that only serve another person and stretch you beyond yourself and your self-care needs.
Remember to breathe
There is always time to breathe. Taking deep breaths helps slow you down so that you can think clearly and make better choices.
Trust the process
Staying connected to the process instead of being hyper-focused on the outcome is your best teacher. In learning how to trust the process, you will ultimately learn how to trust yourself.
I want you to take a moment now to think about your home. What do you want more of in your home? Think about how you want to feel in your home and what if present (or absent) will help to create that.What do you want more of in your home? Click To Tweet
Go ahead and pull out your journal right now and spend 5-10 minutes writing through the answers to the above questions. Allow yourself to write freely and not to worry about the logistics. Simply focus on connecting to the “what” in what you want.
Do you have any tips or strategies that you’ve used to create more space in your home? If so I’d love to hear about it in the comments section below.
Thanks so much for stopping by today.
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