De-Cluttering Your Life: Begin With De-Cluttering Your Home!

Recently, I had the pleasure of working with a client who lives thousands of miles away from me. Her goals were to de-clutter her life so she could focus on the important things. As we began our Skye session, I felt her anxiety as she walked through her home, showing me the areas in which she felt were too "restricting" and why she wanted to move out of what-was-once her dream home.

As she walked through the halls, up her stairs, and into her room, her anxiety seemed to increase.. I then knew it was time for me to help her with her living space before we could deep-dive! She began by telling me that she wasn't comfortable with changing things around so much, and didn't want to throw away a lot. We found a TON of compromises and she felt GREAT afterwards! I cannot give specific details, but here are some tips on de-cluttering your home in simple, realistic ways… until you're ready to really purge & cleanse!

Simple things you should toss / recycle: expired food items, sauce jars that have been in the fridge past their "use by" date, old sauce packets (soy sauce, ketchup, hot mustard, duck sauce, you know what I'm talking about!), plastic utensils that are bent and unusable, really old salt & pepper packets, post-its that no longer need attention, pens that no longer work, empty toothpaste tubes, boxes that you think you'll use at some point but never do, old telephone books, old take-out menus, ancient business cards & brochures, t-shirts and socks with stains and holes in them, old sunblock, old newspapers & magazines, old cords that you haven't the slightest ideas what they go to (& you've been saving them, just in case), old make-up, old brushes, etc.

Things you can donate: clothes that you no longer fit into, clothes that no longer suit you, clothes that you think you'll wear but never do, handbags that have been in your closet without use in over a year, scarves that you keep because they're beautiful but you don't wear, clean stuffed animals, board games you have no intention of ever opening, belts, DVDs, books you haven't picked up in forever, etc.

Open up your space: place furniture so that it opens up the room, use lighter decor (carpets, draperies, couches, tables, lighter wood, glass), open the blinds / drapes, add in green plants and flowers, etc.!

Organize: arrange your books on those shelves by height, re-do your closet each season, re-organize the dishes in your cabinets, rearrange the food items in your pantry according to how they make sense to you, etc.

These are just a few things you can do.
Happy de-cluttering!

P.S. This illustration is great if you'd like to use a bit of Feng Shui to bring positivity to your home! Enjoy!

Feng Shui chart for bringing positivity into the home, for different purposes, with different colors and materials.

Feng Shui chart for bringing positivity into the home, for different purposes, with different colors and materials.