“Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.”

–A. A. Milne: Author

Do You Need To Declutter Your Life?

 

Have you ever heard that our physical space is a reflection of our minds?

I heard that sometime ago and I started to observe my social environment and myself, pondering about it.

My conclusion is that it’s true.

Because the topic is so wide, this time I’d like to focus on our physical environment.

Have you ever been to a home when everything it’s on its place, very clean and organized?

Did you wish your home would be like that? Could you feel the energy of that place?

Feelings of peace and calmness surrounds spaces that are tidy. If you observe those places, they don’t have too many things.

Let me ask you, how clean and organized is your working space?

Your bedroom?

Your home?

Something to think about.

In this modern society, where it’s easier to buy things that we don’t need, it is an issue that we have to address before acquiring more things or we’ll run the risk of ending up with a house full of things and in chaos.

And it’s not about needing more organizing systems, it’s about having less things.

In my case, my love for books made me buy more than I could read. Lately, I’ve committed to myself that I need to read the ones that I have at home before buying more books, and of course get rid of the ones I don’t need anymore.

We all have been there, with a lot more things than we need or buying stuff just because it’s cute, on sale, or because it fits us.

Now, think about this, how many of those things are you really using?

How much of that jewelry, shoes or clothing are you wearing?

Something that helped me to see this in my life it’s Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

When we have less stuff, cleaning and tidying up it’s easier.

We need to have clean and organized spaces in order to feel right.

Do you know why?

It’s because a cluttered space takes a lot of our good energy, besides we don’t have space for better things to come.

We tend to hold onto things usually for emotional reasons: fear and a scarcity mentality among them.

On the last year, I’ve been decluttering my house, starting for my closet. Now, I have clothes that I love to wear!

It is incredible how less is more (ok, here is my Architectural background, once you’re an Arquitect, you’re always an Architect right?) Still we can feel ease and serenity when our space is in order.

Here I suggest some steps to take to start putting our homes in order.

Action:

1. Before buying more stuff ask yourself,

      • Do I really need this?
      • Am I really going to use it?
      • Will I enjoy having this in my home?
      • Do I love this piece of clothing/shoes/jewelry?

2. Every time you find an item that you haven’t use within a year, take it out of your home.

    If you didn’t use it in one year, chances are you won’t use it at all.

3. Dispose of any item that is broken or needs repair. If you haven’t fix it for a while, you won’t do it now.

4. Make a commitment to yourself that you will just keep the items that make you happy, are beautiful or you feel great using them. Life it’s too short to wear clothes you don’t love, or having stuff that you don’t like.

You will see that you’ll enjoy your home more, and better things will have new space in your life.

If you want to read Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, click here.

The best is yet to come!