How to Begin Decluttering Your Stuff (and Life) Or How to Begin Spring Cleaning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello!

So this past weekend (and continuing until this next week) I have been studying for three mid-term exams!  However, I have also wanted to clean!  It feels so spring-like here, I must be ready for spring cleaning 😉  The image above I feel is a good representation of how I sometimes feel surrounded by the stuff in my life.

So, here are some tips I have been using to help me decide what I no longer need 🙂  These three tips are part of Step 4-Don’t have a lot of clutter, from the Feng Shui: What Not to Do article here.

1. Do I love it?  For some people, the answer may be that they love every single thing that they have in their possession (for those of you who this applies to, skip this step).  For the rest of us though, we probably do not love every single thing that we own.  If it makes you sad, feel down in any way, or makes you angry, if it is possible, give it away!  This will help to bring positive energy and feelings to you and your surroundings.

2.  Is it useful?  This can be a helpful question, but it can also be a difficult one that allows a person to continue having clutter.  So, more specifically, is it useful to you now?  Ask yourself whether you see yourself actually using it within the foreseeable future.  If so, keep it.  But, don’t keep holding onto that one shirt you’re sure you’ll wear someday again (I have been guilty of this too).  Just give it away, and move on. 🙂

3.  Does it reflect who I am now in my life?  This was the question that really helped me the most.  Since I have lost 35 lbs. from cutting out processed foods and sugar, I have been still holding onto clothes that really no longer fit me, nor that really even fit my personality anymore.  I still am holding onto some clothes that are too big for me (that I can see myself enjoying wearing later on just because it has not even been a year since I have lost the weight yet), but I have let go of those clothes too big for me, that are much more high school-ish, and that I did not even like that I was holding onto merely “just in case” I gained weight again.  And I feel so much lighter for doing it! 🙂  I also am starting to go through my collection of books, and giving away some that just do not fit my personality anymore, or that just simply do not make me happy.

I hope these questions help you lighten your belongings and help you lead a happier, clutter-free life!

Also, I just started a Facebook page within the past week.  Check it out! 🙂www.facebook.com/sunnymothernature

Have a sunny day!

~Kim

Please Note: Only the three questions are from the article I linked above.  All the commentary and descriptions after the questions are my own.

Also, the image above is used under the Commons license, shared by the Smithsonian Institution’s Photostream on Flickr, and can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/smithsonian/2551232980/

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Sunny Mother Nature Says Think Quality, Not Quantity

Want to do something for your health, your well-being, and your environment (at home, work, etc.) that will also help Mother Nature?  Think quality over quantity!

The ads everywhere, the celebrities selling products, TV shows, movies, etc. all seem to tell us that it is good to have more things.  Things will make our world and lives better.  Yet, is this really the case?

The more things, products, items we have in our homes really do not bring us any more comfort than if we have less.  We want to think that by buying one more sweater, or one more beauty product, it will make us happier and feel more at balance.  But, it doesn’t.

I believe that we all want to be happy and have healthy lives and well-beings.  We can accomplish this, and one of the things that can help is by realizing when you don’t need anything.  And if you don’t need anything, don’t buy anything.  This will help us keep our minds, homes, and environments the most positive and balanced environments. 

But, for those times when you do need to buy something (and don’t confuse need with want) thinking Quality Over Quantity can help.  When you go to buy a product, item, etc., don’t buy the cheapest thing because it is the cheapest.  Instead, buy things for their quality.  Buy consciously.  Don’t buy for the sake of buying. 

Does it really make you happier to have one moisturizer that you love, or ten moisturizers that are only ok, BUT they were cheap?  The answer is easy, the one moisturizer that you love, wins!  That one moisturizer even takes up less space than those ten!  So, quality over quantity helps to declutter too!

If we follow quality over quantity, we will all have the items we need in our lives, like hygiene products, cleaning supplies, healthy foods, etc. but without the excess of wanting/ “needing” more of everything.

We will have less cluttered homes with only the things we need for life, with less excess, less waste, and we, along with Mother Nature, will be happier with less things in life. 

Afterall, lives were not meant to be measured by the things we have.

Have a sunny day everyone!

~Kim