Three things Thursday!
Have y'all been thinking about repealing and replacing...some bad clutter habits?
It's so easy to pile things, push them around, not put them away, until your stuff gets out of control. I see it with every client. As humans we just get used to a way of doing things. The remedy to this to be more mindful of your actions. You don't always have to follow the same path to clutter town. Here are some ways that you can kick those bad habits to the curb.
1) Ask yourself - do I really need it?
There's an old saying that you should only have things that use, or things that you love in your home. Next time you are contemplating that "as seen on tv bacon bowl", please have a little chat with yourself about whether you really need this item. It will save you time, money, and space (and potentially high blood pressure).
2) Donation station: All aboard!
Have you ever held an item of clothing from your closet and thought any of these three things:
" I just don't like this."
" This looks awful on me."
" I just don't like this color."
" Why did I buy this?"
AND THEN YOU PUT IT BACK IN YOUR CLOSET?
Guilty. I've totally done this. But lately I have been changing my tune due to a donation basket set up on my closet floor. Instead of putting the unloved item back, I fold it neatly and place it in the basket. Then, every month I take all of the contents (I have one in my kids' closets too) to Goodwill to donate. I send these items off with a little wish that they find someone who can give them the love that I no longer can. Things you don't want deserve good home too.
3) Be kinder to yourself:
Mind clutter is a type of clutter that isn't addressed as often is physical clutter. What is this mind clutter I speak of? Well, really it's any negative self-talk that you inflict upon yourself. Anytime you think "oh why did I say that" or "this person must think I'm cray cray" - just stop. You just wasted time on unproductive thoughts (time that you could be using to say, clean off your desktop? eh? see what I did there?). Basically it's the equivalent of piling this month's bill on top of last month's bill without paying either. Try hard to think about yourself and treat yourself the way that you think about and treat your loved ones. Try out this new habit - I think you'll like it.
Peace, love, and labelmakers y'all!