“A simple life is not seeing how little we can get by with—that’s poverty—but how efficiently we can put first things first. . . . When you’re clear about your purpose and your priorities, you can painlessly discard whatever does not support these, whether it’s clutter in your cabinets or commitments on your calendar. (148)”
― Victoria Moran, Lit From Within: Tending Your Soul For Lifelong Beauty
Clutter makes me tired. It takes away my good energy and makes me feel overwhelmed. Simple things which should take minutes, can take hours because the clutter clouds both my mind and my soul. Yet, having a busy life and having young adults in a house is difficult to keep the place as clutter free as I would like. One of my strategies is to do a fifteen minute de-cluttering in the morning and in the evening when I get home. Tackling small pieces at a time makes me feel in control – that I can start and complete it.
I deleted FB contacts – groups or otherwise who post things that drain my energy. Those include highly political groups, people who post obscenity, violence, pornography, abuse or always complain about something. I have also deleted people from my timeline who have never liked, shared, commented or sent me a message. It takes too much energy going through posts which prevents me from getting to the ones I really want to see. I added new inspirational groups to my FB page.
I cleaned the kitchen bookshelf. I gave away some books which have not been used in the last five years.
I sorted out a stack of bills from last year and cleared the mail holder. I filed all the ones for taxes in a beautiful box.
I cleared out one closet and gave away two bags of items to the donation bin.
I cleaned the glass windows, doors and mirrors in the house. What a difference clean, clear glass makes!
We made the bed before we left the house. It is so nice to come home to a bed all ready for me!
I delegated some of the tasks to other members of the family. I used to do “express clean-ups” with my kids when they were younger. We would time the clock for 15 minutes and tidy up as quickly as possible.
My goal is to have inspired spaces around me which are simple, beautiful, breathes life into me and inspires my soul to sing and do my life work. It is all possible with a bit of effort.
What would your inspired space look like?
Where is your soul most at peace?
Do you have control over your environment?
Don’t try to do it all at once. A little each day will ignite your passion to create that inspired space just for you!