Updated: May 27
"TO MAKE YOURSELF A PRIORITY IS A POWERFUL SHIFT. YOU CAN MANIFEST ANYTHING ONCE YOU ORGANIZE YOUR THOUGHTS, COMMITMENTS, AND BELONGINGS." -K
I hope this post finds you healthy and enjoying the many celebrations and milestones that May brings. Graduations, weddings, and the start of the vacation season are upon us. I can hardly believe Memorial Day is approaching. As a Cape Cod resident this is of course a time that we mark the change in volume on the roads, in the stores, restaurants and beaches. I hope that you are able to maximize your outdoor fun and play this season. We all need the relief.
I recently crafted a new workshop called "Declutter Your Life!" It took many twists and turns through different parts of our lives, not just clearing out your closet. I hope you will benefit from my sharing a few of the successful steps my coaching clients have taken. We are knocking down barriers and achieving goals. It all begins with taking stock. What is working and what is not working in our lives? What is holding us back?
Let's begin with decluttering the mind. It is where are blocks are. Some great ways I help my clients declutter their minds is with meditation, journaling and sound therapy. Talking things through with a good listener can help us to organize our thoughts and purge what is no longer serving us. Multi-tasking is clutter! We need to slow down and simplify things.
Our bodies are cluttered. I refer out to professionals that can help my clients clean up their diet, detoxifying with a cleanse, have a colonic, review what supplements they are taking and what's effective or not. Protecting your gut with digestive enzymes, essential oils and probiotics are all great ways to declutter our bodies. You shouldn't be held back by suffering with GI issues.
Decluttering our work spaces, our devices and our living environment are all necessary steps in the process. One thing at a time. When your mind is clearer, you can tackle the next thing, then the next. When your inbox is clear don't you feel more calm? Empty your junk mail!!! You will feel such relief and renewed energy when you take steps in all these categories. The momentum builds and hopefully others in your lives will catch on and begin the purge as well.
Do you have people in your life that you should distance yourself from? Unhealthy toxic relationships are some of the biggest barriers that clients share with me. When I wrote about healthy boundaries and launched that workshop an avalanche of emotions came through for those who were ready to take the next steps seriously. It is not easy to set strong boundaries with people if you never had any boundary in place at all. Again, one step at a time. Begin by being less accessible. Your response time to calls, texts, emails are all within your control. Set time limits or don't take that call you know will be a time suck and drain you. These are all impactful changes. You will find that decluttering leads to mastering time management. Do you have to say yes to every invitation? You don't have to feel obligated to participate in every event that's happening? Negotiate what goes on your calendar, or the kids calendar. Simplify whenever possible.
It's all intertwined and so very liberating when you feel the results. When you tackle organizing your desk, or a closet and then you are able to find everything you need saving you time and aggravation-well that's huge progress. Let's be honest, you may get a surge of energy one day and tackle a project then give up. It happens. Don't beat yourself up. There are professionals who can help. I ran out of steam after managing a cleanout and sale of my mother's house, then moved myself into a new home. After painting, packing, unpacking, and on and on, I decided I needed help. I hired a professional organizer to finish the cabinets, and basement storage. It was the best thing I did to bring relief, calm and peace to my new space. Thanks to Peaceful Place Home Organizers I didn't leave lingering projects or procrastinate managing the spaces that go unseen.
This type of professional support is so beneficial. I refer clients to professionals who help in all the categories we have touched upon like naturopaths, nutritionists, colon hydration therapists, other coaches, etc. There's great power in accountability when you partner with a professional. There are some fantastic books out about decluttering our lives, and spaces. This new one is spot on, "Organize Your Life", Skills you need to conquer the chaos in your life, by Helen Ward Day. It can be very motivating to read one or two before you begin working on these areas of our lives. Please reach out if you need some direction. Till we meet again.