A Simple Guide to Organizing with Joy and Ease
The energy in our homes are in tune with the energy of the seasons.
With shorter daylight hours and more time spent indoors during winter months, your home may begin to feel like it’s lost some of it’s spring cleaning mojo. It’s easy to feel a little confined or stagnant during the winter months when it’s natural to hunker down under a blanket instead of spearheading a cleaning or organizing endeavor.
Our home needs constant refreshing, upkeep and attention. Instead of waiting until the new year to get the energy flowing in your space, consider these five easy to implement refresh methods to energize you and your home!
If you think you don’t have time, think again! All five can be done in less than 60 minutes!
Get Your Mind Right
First, get your essential oil diffuser going with a scent that promotes clarity and concentration. We often underestimate the power of scent! According to a recent Entrepreneur* article, “Smell is the strongest of the senses and is best able to influence brain activity. Olfactory bulbs are part of the limbic system and directly connect to the areas of the brain that process emotion and learning.”
As the mornings are finally getting a bit chilly here on the West Coast, I love using lemon as part of my morning routine. Lemon is known to promote concentration as well as calm and clarify. When I inhale the scent of lemon it takes me back to warm days with lemonade and sunshine. It’s a highly motivating!
Set an intention for your refresh session. Remember why you decided to move into this home. Many of us often forget how excited and expanded we were when we first saw our space. We are generally filled with possibility and see so much potential. Over time we may lose sight of what drew us in. Now is the perfect time to set new intentions for our home and remember how wonderful our space has been, can be and will continue to be!
Welcome the Wind
Open up all the windows even if it’s below freezing outside. Yes! Just doing it. A little fresh air will do your home a lot of good! If you can handle having the chilly air envelope your space for an entire hour, even better.
Bring the Outside Inside
There is nothing more uplifting than a vase with fresh flowers. Splurge and get a nice bouquet of flowers for an area that you will see every time you walk into your home.
Hit the Refresh Button
We all have an area of our home that tends to collect more clutter than another and another one that we have been neglecting for years. This doesn’t have to be an all day project. Give yourself permission to chip away at it little by little each week. If you have the time to complete the decluttering process today, go for it! Pick one of the areas I have outlined below and get to work.
- Shelfie love - do you have a display shelf or bookcase area that has been neglected? Consider swapping out a few photo frames, adding a plant or letting go of something that no longer makes you smile.
- Newspapers and magazines - Are you guilty of holding on to a stack of media that simply isn’t getting any attention. Than “some day” pile can create an energy clog in your home. If you don’t find yourself digging in as often as you’d like consider donating books and magazines to a local nursing home or library and use those old newspapers for your next cozy fireside.
- Linen closet - Chances are you’ve got a few things tucked away in there that haven’t been used in several years. Many dog shelters accept blankets and sheets.
- Clothing closet - Pick a closet, any closet and embrace creating space! Let go of any items that are ripped, torn, full of moth holes or anything that you simply don’t love it any more.
- Kitchen - Toss out any and all cracked vases, dishes, mugs and glasses and any electronics gadgets that aren’t working. Dinnerware and cups with cracks can hold on to bacteria, while dysfunctional electronics take up space that can be used for something else that you actual use on a regular basis.
- Countertops - Give them a once over. What needs your attention? What can be tossed? Clutter is simply delayed decisions. Clear those countertops and set yourself free.
- Bathroom - Most of us tend to use the same tried and true beauty products. On occasion we may try something new or hold on to samples that we think we are going to use some day. Make-up and beauty products do expire so it’s important for your health to let go of anything that you haven’t been using on the regular. An easy way to know if something has gone rancid is to smell it. If the product is unscented and has a strong chemical odor, it’s most likely no longer valid. If it’s a scented product and it doesn’t have the “like new” scent, again it’s probably no longer your best bet.
As we work through our home, remember to have fun and see the beauty in letting go.
What we focus our energy and attention on is what we will attract. If you see your home as clean, clear and buzzing with positive energy, you will be more likely to infuse that vibration into your space.
Get your essential oil selection, grab a glass of water, put on some motivating music and let the fun flow!
*Link to Entrepreneur article.