LETTING GO OF CLUTTER
People laugh at me when I say how much I love cleaning, I love the feeling that I get when i'm finished and everything is in order. I can't explain but it gives me such joy to the very core of my soul. I know that sounds funny but it's the clarity that it brings. Having everything in its place and knowing that everything is at home with itself. In it's space.
I know as a young married mum with 3 children order was in my bones. That doesn't mean that my house was always super tidy, but it was a way for me to somehow keep a check on myself. If things got out of hand I knew that something inside me was out. Spring-cleaning my home was a way to come back to a clarity and I would feel that somehow I had re-aligned myself back to me, I felt rebalanced.
When we have a place for everything and everything goes back into its place then keeping order can be pretty simple.
When I come into someones home to support them to eliminate clutter, there is usually an underlying issue that has been buried in a sense under the clutter, by working together, you can uncover what the real issue is and this will support you to let go off what is holding you back.
Clarity brings with it a flow and simplicity that creates a harmonious house.
The preciousness of order and the clarity it brings.
Everything starts with you
Before and After Photos - Wardrobe Decluttering
Below is the Before and After of Kirstin's wardrobe decluttering process.
By breaking things down into smaller tasks, we don’t overwhelm ourselves with what is needed next, just allow it to unfold.
feeling the clarity
When you start small and consistently work through the house, what you have done supports you to keep going. It will feel so AMAZING.
As you work through the house you will feel inspired by your own work, like a magic wand is following you around the house and clearing your space. At times like this I have stopped in amazement and appreciation because earlier that day I might have felt so overwhelmed.
My marker if something is starting to slip is my dinning room table. I will notice that I can come in and drop things there and then not get back to them. It is great because it is in the heart of the house so it can't be hidden. It's in my face. It's so easy to just drop things there as I walk in. All these are little signs saying STOP there is something going on that I need to look at.
Finding what rhythm suits you is a way to support yourself. What works for you to stay organised. No one can do it for you. The commitment has to come from you. By having little routines that work for you. e.g. Do a little pick up before you go to bed. Clean up as you are preparing meals. Pick the little things that stand out for you, that you will notice instantly. This way you are making markers that will bring your attention to what is going on. We just have to stop and feel what is going on.