self development

Set Boundaries by Decluttering

Set Boundaries by Decluttering

Have you ever tried to let go of something that you knew deep down you didn't want anymore, but before you even get the chance to put it into a donation pile, a little voice inside your head convinces you to put it back?

I can't get rid of that...

I know the feeling, and many other women do too.

Maybe it's a gift from a loved one. Perhaps it's something you've been storing for a friend or family member until they get a bigger place. Or, it could even be the belongings of a relative who has passed away.

What do all of these situations have in common? They all involve other people's stuff.

How to Empower Yourself through Decluttering

How to Empower Yourself through Decluttering

Several years ago, before I started on this journey of decluttering and simplifying my life, I had a very interesting conversation with an acquaintance. She revealed to me casually that the home she shared with her parents and younger brother had recently burned to the ground.

"Oh, how awful, I’m so sorry!", was all I could say to that.

"Yeah, but it was kind of a good thing, too." She said. "We needed to start over."

She proceeded to tell me about a giant bag of arrowroot powder they had in their pantry for ages that they felt like they couldn't throw away, but that they were now, finally, free of. This was just one example of the many things in their space that they felt like they couldn't get rid of.

This story speaks to a real dimension to the clutter that can build up in our space that we may not even be consciously aware of.

Is Perfectionism Holding You Back?

Is Perfectionism Holding You Back?

When you think of organization, does the word "perfection" ever come to mind? 

As a recovering perfectionist, the pristine imagery of home organization that we tend to see in magazines was part of what intrigued me into figuring out what makes a space tick.

My perfectionist streak craved a home that reflected this level of organized perfection. I thought that this aesthetic perfection would create a soothing, peaceful space.

After years of renting, my husband and I finally became homeowners. This gave us the opportunity to invest in a space rather than make do with whatever we had when our living situation was short-term.

My perfectionist streak was so excited that the pristine aesthetic that I craved could finally be mine. At long last!

No, Decluttering Won't Fix Your Life...But It's a Start

No, Decluttering Won't Fix Your Life...But It's a Start

Before I discovered the power of decluttering and learned how to really organize a space, I basically lived my life in two modes.

One mode was panic mode: I would get out of bed at the very last minute, and do the bare minimum to get out of the house as quickly as possible. I relied on reminders from others to get anything done - each reminder driving up my stress-levels. And as far as food was concerned, I'd eat whatever happened to be most convenient, or skip meals.

When I was done panicking for the day, I would sink into my second mode: exhaustion. I would curl up on the couch and binge TV, play on my phone, or surf aimlessly on my laptop. Not that there's anything wrong with those activities - but they were about all I could muster in my spare time. I was completely burnt out.