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Step Inside, Embrace Your Space and Live Clutter Free
All homes are built the same. From the moment the foundation is laid to the framework and beams that is set in place to support the walls, the construction remains the same. What makes each home different however is the beauty of the occupants, their personalities and interests tell a story to everyone who steps inside. The color schemes in each room may be bright and bold or minimal and classic. The art that hangs on the walls might be paintings that are carefully selected and placed, or meant to display our friends and family. The décor can consist of modern selections or be vintage inspired. The idea is that our homes are meant to inspire us, fill us up with everything we love. A place where we can celebrate, create and incorporate all that we are.
Learning to love our space is a learning process. Making a conscious effort to only keep in our possession items that inspire us and ignite joy is as well. It can take us on a journey of who we are and what is important to us. Think of your space as a way to enhance your life and have it be a true reflection of what inspires you. As we begin to let go of the things that we find are not useful to us the clutter reduces and we begin to feel lighter. The benefits of opening up your space to incorporate what you love far outweigh the feelings of overwhelm and irritation when we feel lack of inspiration in our home. If you are asking yourself how to even begin the process or what steps to take to get there I’ve listed some action steps below that you can easily fit into your day. Remember that it is always a process that requires maintenance and some will power, but one that you will thank yourself for.
1. Write down all the words that come to mind that describe how you want to feel in your space. No judgments or writing down what you think you should say, be honest and let the thoughts flow. Peaceful, relaxed at ease possibly? Happy and inspired even. Now walk through your home and identify the areas where those feelings you wish to experience are lacking. Take a few moments to really reflect on each room. Maybe there is clutter getting in the way of how you want to feel, or the furniture placement isn’t quite right. Involve others in your home as well. Everyone’s feedback is important. Once you identify the problem areas begin to take action.
2. Decluttering and letting go is essential to the process of learning to love your space. Create a clean slate if you will. Grab a donation bin and trash bag and remove the unessential, patience and diligence is key throughout this process. Whether it is paper clutter you decide to dive into first, toys in the playroom or a cluttered closet chose one area at a time. Some questions to ask yourself as you go through each area of your home-
Do I (we) love it?
Do I (we) use it regularly?
Am I (we) saving it just in case?
Would the additional space by removing it make me (us) feel lighter?
3. Focus on what you love about your home, become inspired by all of things that make you come alive and let that be your guide. Think of all the amazing things you could do with the space by letting go of what is no longer useful to you and your family. Value the space in your home, every room, every nook and cranny. Being conscious of the additional time you spend cleaning and rearranging knick knacks and clutter that you do not love will allow you to realize, by removing these items, you have opened up time and space for all that you love.
The benefits of living in a space free from clutter and that captures the true essence of your life is priceless. Our homes have a direct connection to our mental and spiritual well being. Allow yourself more time, energy and peace of mind by embracing your space. Think of your home as an ever evolving opportunity for you to embrace its beauty and make it your own. Decide to fill it up with whatever you heart’s content and build the foundation for your own sanctuary.
“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris