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How do you want your space to feel?

Hello and welcome back!

How do you feel in your space today, right now, in this minute?

Check in with your body. Does being in this space create a feeling of peace or chaos? Does it ignite creativity or does it give you a stomach ache? Do you feel clear and inspired or uncertain and unfocused? Unsettled? Overwhelmed? Dissatisfied? Distressed? Uncomfortable? Disgust? Okay, you get the idea. If your space has the ability to create these hectic emotions it is no wonder many disconnect from the disorganization. Many would rather ignore the disarray, justify the mess or deny the clutter is a problem than deal with it. But what if your space could create positive emotions? Would you then do something about your space?

Simply, decide how you want to feel in your space

Create a mental picture of you in a space that is comfortable and offers peace and relaxation. Or picture a fun and creative space that offers passion and inspiration to spring forth. How about a space that feels settled and satisfying with all your items organized in places that are convenient.  How about a space where happiness is a priority and all the things that make you smile surrounds you? Maybe you see yourself in a room with very few items and that provokes the feeling you desire. Perhaps your ideal is to have family treasures gathered to create the emotions you find most appealing. This is your space you get to decide. Have you uncovered the image and the emotions that suit you best?

Now go create it

Constantly refer to the mental image in your mind while you get busy creating a space that will empower you and bring you joy! Keeping the vision will guide you and help you make decisions easier on what stays and what goes.

Best wishes always!

Sandy

Owner of Freedom from Clutter

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3 steps to change inefficient habits?

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This week we’re going to do the opposite of what isn’t working for you or your life. That’s right folks change is coming to town! This solution can work for disorganization or clutter, & you can use this for any area in your life that isn’t working, I give you permission. These steps are important & you would think the most logical, yet we find ourselves falling back & relying on what doesn’t work; old habits, over & over again. Not anymore!  I’m going to teach you how to find ways to support your efforts & benefit you. You most definitely can & will change the inefficient habits in your life & here’s how… 

1. Take inventory. In column form, on the left side of the paper, make a list of what isn’t working in your life, a problem or issue, or what doesn’t support or benefit you & be specific. You know what you don’t want in your life, what hurts or limits you, now it’s time to discover what you DO want. On the right side write the opposite. Bingo! You have just acknowledged a problem & created the answer. Congratulations! Now, you have to take action, but before you fabricate a plan or steps to get you to your changes, lets explore what it will feel & look like once you are there. Please proceed to step number 2.

2. Define & describe. Define what it looks & feels like, to have this problem behind you, to have what isn’t working in your life functioning happily or removed altogether. Let’s pretend a miracle occurred in the night vanishing or changing your issue & when you awoke what would be different that allowed you to know it transformed or departed? Describe how you would act & behave? How would you talk & what would you think about, what would you do different? Imagining this area. problem or issue, changed or evolved would that free you for other things in your life? Allow yourself to imagine as much as you want to get into that feel good place. Now, let’s proceed to step number 3.  

3. Discipline & action. Discipline is creating an action plan & taking consistent steps for a certain amount of time either until the change occurs, or until the plan becomes your new habit. The plan or steps you take must be tailored & specific to you. What worked for me may not be the right fit for you. One way to find the best plan for you would be to uncover past accomplishments. What in the past worked for you that may work for you in this area? You may have to tweak or adjust a plan until you find the best fit for you, or pick & choose incorporating bits & pieces from several different ideas, or create an entirely new strategy. The important thing to remember is you are taking responsibility by acknowledge what doesn’t work for you or your life, & creating a plan to change it. Bravo! If you allow your ineffective thoughts, excuses or justification to get in the way, it keeps you chained to your inefficient habits. Break free because you are better than that. Get out of your way, make a plan & stick to it!   

You got this! 

~Sandy 


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Life is an inside job

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Finding your own personal organizing system or style is about taking action. Not to be confused with fixing something that is broken within you, justifying or excusing why you are the way you are, or belittling yourself because you think it is your fault you can’t grasp others organizing systems. Look at the organizing offerings, in periodicals & on television, as someone who found what worked for them & was hoping it would work for others. And some parts may, but usually not everything. Instead of picking & choosing, applying what does work & ditch the rest, we scurry to scrap the whole thing, blame ourselves or their system & hide behind our old habits. We find our time & energy focused on & applying what doesn’t work which keeps us out of balance.

Did you know one of our most important functions is to be in balance? And, for the most part, our emotions are the clue AND the answer. Our bodies also alert us when we are out of balance with unexplained aches & pains & even accidents, & illnesses. Even when we’re ecstatic & over joyed we are out of balance. Our bodies will search for balance, it will release the energy through crying or laughing or we’ll feel antsy like we can’t sit still. To help bring harmony or balance to ourselves we must get in touch with our instincts or, if you prefer, our inner selves. Because we are out of touch with our feelings or intuition we have gotten ineffective with our personal lives, some are even suffering. We rarely use our emotions to navigate our world, we either choose to, or have been taught to run from them instead. Our emotions have invaluable information, yet we keep looking away, ignoring or avoiding them. When feelings arise they are nudges, red flags, stop signs, begging for our attention. Unfortunately, we often blame others for causing our feelings to peek through the fog, however no one has the power to do that, no one. Being uncomfortable (with negative feelings) is your inner self, your intuition, alerting you to wake up, pay attention, it is calling you into action. If you do not heed the warning you will continue to experience the same things over & over again until you do. Sometimes it takes a crisis.  

You, your life, your body, your spirit, wants to be in alignment, in balance, & the only way is to find your personal sweet spot, which is inside you & only you can access it. True, it takes work & once you give up your struggles (what doesn’t work) & you find your balance the reward is a satisfied & fulfilling life. Everything that isn’t working isn’t working for a reason, it is so you can find what does work & get on with living, & enjoying your life.

At this point you may be wondering what does being disorganized have to do with being balanced? Anything that doesn’t work in your life, no matter what area, means you are out of balance. With the skills I was born with, seeing order & being efficient, was instrumental in my own discovery of what created my own balance & what caused disharmony. What came naturally to me I saw others struggle with. No matter what subjects, relationships, weight, or financial, I wrote about, the bottom line is everything comes down to learning to get back in touch with ourselves. Listening to your intuition, through feelings, is the only way to find your balance. I focus my business & this blog on helping others get organized because I know being disorganized & having too much clutter (not just in material things) is causing disharmony in your life. Once you find your sweet spot in one area so many other areas open up in miraculous ways!

We can agree you know what doesn’t work &, if you’ve kept up with your homework, what your ideal environment feels & looks like (& we will get there). This week I want you to take inventory of what doesn’t work, all your organizing challenges, & please be specific. For example, an overstuffed bedroom closet, continuously running late, losing my keys, & too many/much ______ (fill in the blank), etc.  For the second part I’d like you to think of what the opposite might be. For “lost” keys, you may write, “find” them a home. Complete your list choosing the opposites. Now, the third part is to imagine what steps could be taken to get to the opposites. Staying with the keys, you may write- place a hook by the door you frequent. Maybe buy a lanyard or hook to attach them to you. Maybe become disciplined to put them in your pocket or purse when not in use. In other words there are many ideas, the trick is to find the one that works for you. Pick one from your list & give it honest effort for, let’s say, a week. If what you picked is easy & effortless then you picked the one that fits you best, carry on. However, if you find it to be a struggle or a hassle your instincts are letting you know that doesn’t work for you, just tweak it or try something different. You want your habits to work for you, instead of being a prisoner to your habits. Continue to work your list exploring & discovering not only your sweet spot, but you too.  One more thing… have fun!

Next week I’ll write about the importance of good tools! 

~Sandy