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Closet Clean Out Time!

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Yes folks it is that time of year to change our wardrobes to the winter clothes.

But before you do….

Gather receptacles, this could be garbage bags, laundry baskets, boxes, whatever you have on hand. Label, or at least know, which container will hold what. For example, donate, repair/dry clean, and throw away. The items you will keep won’t need a container just a holding spot as these will go back in your closet.

Next… Take action

Take everything out of your closet, yes, everything. As you remove each item, ask, “Do I love it? Do I wear it? Would I buy it today?” Then place it in the designated area or receptacle. Look over each item, if stained, stretched out or torn throw it away. Make quick decisions, the more you linger the more stories about an item will come to mind, and the harder it will be to make a  judgment. Keeping  items you don’t wear  limits the possibility for new things to come into your life. Trust me, you will be provided for once you eliminate what stands between you and new. Make sure each item fits the body you have today. If you have pregnancy clothes and you aren’t pregnant, but may be plan to be again you can box these to free up valuable space. If you have old high school clothes and you haven’t been in the halls for over ten years it is time for an update. If you have clothes that are too small it is time to release them. When or if you get back to that size you will want a current and stylish wardrobe. Plus you will create guilt or worse beat yourself up for not being that size. And if you have larger size clothes donate them so you aren’t tempted to gain weight. The importance is to embrace and dress the size you are right now. If you aren’t happy where you are than do something about it, but keeping clothes that do not fit is not the answer.  Also make sure the clothes suit your lifestyle today. Most importantly while handling this task keep in mind you are looking for progress not perfection. Another good tip for future purchases is if you bring something new in something old must go.

What to do with the maybe or I’m not really sure clothes?

Every time I switch my wardrobe I place all the hangers facing the ‘right’ way. As I wear an item I place it backwards on the rod. I wear only the clothes that face the ‘right’ way, until I have worn them all. If I notice I’m going to the hangers facing the opposite way, and still have a few items facing the ‘right’ way I know I will not wear those items and  donate them.

What about drawers and shelves?

Rotate.  After wearing an item or laundering, as  you put clothing away, put them on the bottom of the pile. What is in your drawers or on a shelf gets moved to the top. If you keep reaching for items at the bottom of the pile you can donate the ones on the top knowing you aren’t wearing those.

What about occasional items?

It depends on how occasional it is. I have a raincoat I wear probably twenty times a year. It is very thin and takes up little room, I not only love it, but I would buy it again, so it stays.  The other rule I adhere to is if I did not wear it for two seasons I give it  away.  Freeing your space allows for the new to enter. Learn to bless others with your abundance.

The final step…  

Clean up immediately. Once everything is back in your closet and drawers it is time to bring the containers to their designated locations, trash, dry cleaner or tailor, and donation center. Job complete! You are organized! Hooray time to celebrate!   

Much peace and freedom to you!   

~Sandy   

 

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Do you have mental clutter?

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Is there such a thing as mental clutter?

Yes. Clutter, in any form, can be a burden to the life you are creating today. Whether it is many ideas that clutter your mind or negative thoughts, if it does not benefit, serve or nurture you it is clutter.

What to do with negative thoughts

There is no donation center I know of that will take this kind of clutter. But you can still apply a process for de-cluttering. When you sort through your material clutter you usually have a story that goes along with the  items. You may know when you bought an item, how much it cost or who and when someone gave it to you. Images and memories  about the item may provoke certain feelings and the reason it can be challenging to release it.  Mental clutter is the same.  Negative thoughts get justified why they are taking up space in your mind and will even demand you need them. You may even state, “Well, how will I know when something is good or bad if I de-clutter these thoughts?” You will know by how you feel not by what you judge. Sometimes you aren’t even aware the thought is there, it becomes background noise, yet will still provoke feelings usually negative ones. Ask yourself this one question throughout your day whenever you catch yourself in thought, “Would I choose this thought I am thinking right now and give it to my dearest friend or would I be willing to say it out loud?” If the answer comes back, “No” then it is clutter. Now because no donation center will take these thoughts you will have a different strategy to put in place. Challenge the thoughts that you catch, and become familiar with what you think. After you catch a thought the phrase to use is, “so what” to whatever you think, this brings the emotions the thoughts provoked down a notch. “So what” allows you to think of what you can do about it. It takes you out of victimhood. Here’s an example; “I just bought another item when my place is already overcrowded.” “So what. What if I call Freedom from Clutter for help?” Or “I just ate a muffin and I’m on a diet.” “So what. What if I start again at the next meal?” Our thoughts can make an event or situation  scary, tragic, or a disaster when in reality it is not. You are still here, breathing and making choices, are you not? Then nothing is a catastrophe, nothing. After so many “So what” you’ll become calm enough to know what your next move will be. When you become aware and accept what does not serve or nurture you, you will do something about it. I promise. Becoming aware of your thoughts is enough to de-clutter the ones that do not serve you. So when your mind starts acting up tonight when you want to sleep say, “So what” to whatever comes your way. Sweet dreams!

What to do with all those ideas

An immediate image or story comes to mind with each idea that comes through.  Usually followed by your thoughts. My suggestion is to write the ideas down. Keep a pad and pen with you at all times. Daily or weekly look at these ideas you have recorded and recognize if any of them are opportunities to take advantage of. If so, take action. Writing things down will help clear your mind. Another trick is to give your complete attention and focus to one task at a time.  This is very freeing to a person with an overactive mind. For example, when you get in the shower feel the entire process. If you notice your mind wandering just bring it back into focus. Notice how the water feels on your body, how the soap smells, what the floor feels like under your feet, what do you hear, and notice your breathing.

Wishes of freedom from clutter to you all!

~Sandy


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How to Simplify You Life in 1 Easy Step

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How to simplify your life in 1 easy step.

Stop doing what does not work. Yup, it is that easy. What’s that, you say it must be more difficult. Nope. Seriously. I promise. I know it sounds like it would be a no-brainer to stop doing what does not work, yet there is so much information on how-to change, shift and transform circulating and being produced. Maybe I have a secret that allows you to do it this time! Read on…

Identify 1 behavior that does not work?

I am asking you to identify only what you have control over. What do you do that clearly does not work, that does not make you happy. Pick one action, behavior or habit, it can be something small and simple, or annoying and large. Okay, got it?

Now what?

What would the opposite be of the one item you chose? For example, let’s say you want to lose 10 pounds and the habit of eating ice cream does not allow you to have what you desire. Now pick the opposite of the behavior you chose, which, in this case, would be to stop eating ice cream. Accept this habit is not letting you fulfill your desire, and that you truly want to release 10 pounds.  Another example may be  that you want to live in a peaceful environment, but you have too much clutter. The opposite could be to make decisions and take action on clearing your clutter.

Next step…

Now, decide what effective strategy and action steps you could put into place that would make your desire happen.  Get creative. For example, for eating ice cream, you could find an activity to do during the times you would have been indulging. Or you could decide to no longer purchase ice cream, or you could find an alternative to ice cream that would still allow you to happily fulfill your desire of transformation,  without creating guilt, frustration, or self-loathing. For the clutter your action plan may be to handle, sort, or clean out 1 pile, 1 drawer, or 1 item a day.

Do this until…

Practice your new pursuit until it becomes your new habit or the change you desire has been fulfilled. Here’s the secret! Make it more important to celebrate each step or each time you commit and focus on your desire than when you do not. Enjoy the journey along the whole route. When you tackle any goal in fear, that you “should” or “should not” be doing whatever, when you force or demand a specific outcome, or you hurry to the finish line, you lose the opportunity to notice all the best parts. By noticing and celebrating each step YOU did and took allows you to open yourself up to curiosity and an interest into what is taking place within you as you shift. Imagine a flower bud blossoming as you. By focusing on what you accomplished naturally brings a sense of wonder and adventure. Every time you take a step toward what you desire and you recognize each success, even the tiniest ones, you allow the sense of freedom, joy and enthusiasm all along the way. That daily momentum is what keeps you going when rough waters hit.

Keep going

Once you feel secure and your new habit is firmly in place move onto something else that you desire to shift, transform or change.  The progress you continually make will increase your confidence muscle. Take baby steps when changing habits and most importantly be gentle with yourself and for goodness sake CELEBRATE!

Much peace and love to you all! I would love to know what you chose, please let me know so I can support and cheer you on!

~Sandy

A quote to share ~

“Your life will change only when you decide to change it. ”

~Gary Zukav

 


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Do you have mind clutter?

Hello and Welcome back to Freedom from Clutter!

Is your mind cluttered with negativity?

Does the same old negative tapes play over and over in your mind? The anger, guilt, I should-of, ought to or wish I had. Does shame keep you up at night? Maybe it is the never ending to-do list that doesn’t allow you to be present. Perhaps you replay hurts and upsets that occurred in your past. Or maybe you are anxious about the future. If it is negative and isn’t allowing you peace or clarity it is clutter. Clutter is anything that does not serve or nurture the life you are creating today.

Become Aware

Notice when your mind is busy with negativity. Awareness is the key. Once you acknowledge anything you can then do something about it. When you have awareness you have choice. It will now be considered a choice to continue your negative mind chatter or not.

Do you need to understand it?

No. When I go through my clients material clutter I do not want my clients to get caught up on their why’s. I ask specific questions to get an immediate response. Why’s only get your stories, excuses and justifications started which strengthens your attachment to the clutter. You may not know that the overhead lights annoy you until someone turns the light switch off and the buzzing sound vanishes. You do not need to know why the lights buzz only that you find relief when they are turned off. Freedom and clarity is what I want for you. What’s important is that you recognize what does not nurture or serve your life today.

How to release it

Your mind has two functions. The first is to keep you on task, washing the dishes, getting dressed, driving the car, walking, getting from point A to point B, and second it is to warn you of danger, however, if given the chance, it can also drive you crazy the more control you give it. There are two things I adhere to all day long. The first is to anchor myself. I am as conscious as I can be throughout the day. This allows any task to become pleasurable and keeps the mind active on where it serves best. I incorporate my senses. I describe what I see, hear, feel, smell, taste and what is happening within my body. For example, I concentrate on my heart beating. Or I focus on my breath coming in and going out. The second thing is I assign my mind a task that is positive. If my mind is overly active I will recite a positive word associated with each letter of the alphabet. When I am restless or impatient I will often pick any of the three funny incidents that occurred in my life and replay them in my mind. When in traffic I remind myself of favorite vacation spots I either visited or would like to visit. I also recite continuously throughout my day, “Thank you for a peaceful mind.” These all do the trick!

I wish you all much peace, clarity and freedom!

~Sandy

 

 


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Assignment Time

Happy Sunday all!

You can’t organize clutter you can only release it.

Here’s a wonderful project for you. The point is to feel the freedom, clarity, and creativity that will come to you instantly once you complete this life changing assignment.

Take any flat surface- table top, night stand, dresser top, counter, desk, or use a bookcase or your car. Keep this in mind- the less time I have to give this project the smaller the item I will unclutter. Set a timer if you prefer knowing you have a beginning and an end to any chore you undertake. Remove everything from the space you chose. Now clean it. Look at it, notice the space you have created and how it makes you feel, you are engaging your mind, body and spirit to your space. Next, make an intention for that space. For instance, you may decide you want only what you love on it. Or you may decide the space will only hold things you use on a daily basis or whatever function works best for you and create it. Clean each item as you place it in on this surface. If you begin to feel uncomfortable it means you have either hit your set point, adding more is not the answer, or you are veering away from your intention, your body will not lie so pay attention to it. You may need to reevaluate the items, surface or intention. Next whatever items did not make it back on your surface, bookcase or car put them away, or donate them they may no longer serve you. Look at the space you created and truly enjoy it. Congratulations! You have just practiced the art of uncluttering your life! One item at a time! I’ve got you and will help you when you don’t know where to begin.