I think I’m going to switch up my clutter clearing schedule a little bit. I didn’t get to go through all of my clothes in May and I think I’ll put that off until another month. During the month of July, I had planned to unclutter me, but I think I’d like to do some of this now.
Last weekend, I went to the Sun Valley Wellness Festival. There was a class about un cluttering your mind that I wanted to take, but couldn’t. I also saw a strange man from India who said that my crown chakra was blocked. He said that I had all of these ideas buzzing in my head, but didn’t get much done. Wow. It’s true. I feel overwhelmed right now, and I seem to lack focus lately. Even concentrating on just writing this post is difficult. So during this first part of June, I’d like to unclutter my mind and get my focus back.
Right now, I’m not sure exactly how to do this, but I’m sure I can figure it out. Perhaps some meditation, chakra healing, and work on being in the moment. I expect I’ll be blogging about this one almost daily for awhile.
From Oprah’s, Conquer Your Clutter Room By Room:
After you’ve done a surface purge and decided on a vision for each room in your home, the deep cleaning begins. Now it’s time to go through your house room by room and overcome your attachment to items that don’t help you live the life you want.
Use these ground rules when cleaning out any room in your home:
Think it through. In each room, think about what’s particular to that room in terms of the stuff that needs to be in it, the stuff that tends to accumulate in it and how you’re going to approach the task.
Set it up. The setup is the same for every room:
Establish zones for the different activities that take place in the room.
Figure out what doesn’t belong in the room.
Make it happen. This is the action plan that will help you make your vision for the space a reality.
Which room do you want to start with?
This week, I went through the items I bought at an auction and listed some on ebay. It amazes me some of the junk they include with these auctions. I don’t even know what some of these items are. Sometimes though, I find something that I think is junk until I look up what it might be worth.
Once, a bag of American flag stickers came with an auction I purchased. There were thousands of them. My first thought was to donate them, but I decided to look them up on ebay first. As it turned out, they were selling for about $1 a piece. I listed them in sets of 20-100 and sold them all over the next year. It was nice because I also didn’t need to go to the post office…I could mail them from my house in a regular mail envelope. But something that I perceived as junk was worth quite a bit to other people. You just never know until you do your research.
Our hardwood floors are being finished today and I’ve fallen behind from my May goal of going through my bagged clothes. It may need to get pushed until June and that’s ok. I’m still happy with the progress I’ve made this month in my clutter clearing process.
Over the last week, I’ve moved the content of entire rooms and moved them back. We are in the middle of having the hardwood floors refinished (see other posts for before and after photos). As I moved things, I had a chance to go through items and evaluate their usefulness. Some items were tossed, recycled or repurposed.
When I started this year long clutter clearing project, I thought I’d get rid of a few hundred things (one for each day). I didn’t realize that I’d do that within a month or two. I didn’t realize how much I actually owned. Some areas of my house are organized and include only items that I use, and some areas are still out of control. I own more items then I could use in a lifetime. And yet, I still find myself wanting to buy more things. I’m much better now at waiting to make sure I don’t already own something similar that I can use instead. And most of the time, I find that I do.
I feel like if I was surrounded only by things that I love and use regularly…I’d appreciate those items more and use them more often. I’m distracted by all of the things I own, but don’t need or want. I spend time going through them (books), or taking care of them or organizing them (clothes). It’s a waste of my time and energy. As I get rid of more things, I feel the air/aura in the house getting lighter. I’m enjoying that. I realize I still have a long way to go, but it feels good to make progress.
They turned out ok. We’ve had half of them done and the other half will be done in a week or so. It’s kept me from my clothes clutter clearing task so far this month.
Today, we are having half of the hardwood floors in the house resurfaced (the other half will be done in 2 weeks). As it turns out, these are the original floors from the 1950s. They have some rough spots that will need to be filled. But the last owner of the house had carpet put in over the floors and they are in pretty good shape for being over 60 years old. I’m glad that we decided to check these floors before we just replaced them. I like the fact that we are recycling in a sense.
Cleaning out everything before we moved it has been a good time for me to slowly go through things and get rid of those items we don’t use. Knowing that the living and dining room areas will be clutter free makes me feel good.