Monday, September 22, 2008
Clear the clutter
What is clutter? It's anything you own but no longer use, need, or love. It's everything from unread magazines to clothes that don't fit anymore to gifts you received but feel guilty about throwing out. And most of our homes are filled with this stuff!
One of the tenets of feng shui, an ancient Chinese philosophy of nature, is to eliminate unused possessions to create clear spaces in your environment. The idea is that these spaces not only create space in your mind and life for the things you want but help reduce stress as well.
Here are some simple steps to help you banish the clutter in your life:
· Ask yourself, "Do I really need this [fill in the blank]?"
Do I use it, read it, wear it, or listen to it? Will I ever use it again? If the answers to these questions are no, it's clutter.
· Put it in a box.
You can donate the items you dispose of to charity, give them away, recycle them, or sell them. Just as long as you get them out of your home as soon as possible — otherwise they'll end up back where they were.
· Go step-by-step.
You can't declutter your entire home in a weekend. Start off small — your desk or underwear drawer, for example — and go on from there. Build your momentum with smaller jobs before you tackle the garage, basement, or attic.
· Cut yourself some slack.
If your heart breaks at the thought of losing something, keep it. But if it's a sweater that you detest, why not lighten your load and get rid of it?
Labels: Life Tips