Updated: May 24
A few minutes decluttering can bring hours of relaxation
I invite you to take time today (or schedule a time) to clear around your favorite place to rest - maybe it's a couch, a bed, the dining room table, the bathtub - anywhere you want to say "aaahhh."
First, stand back and look at the space as objectively as possible, as if you were in someone else's shoes. Maybe take a photo - this is a great way to literally see through a different lens.
The top two things I suggest are:
Don't leave the area until you're done
Finish the job
Then take away anything that doesn't belong or feels off. If there are more than 3-4 items, get a box, laundry basket or something to set the "take elsewhere" items in.
It helps our brains focus when we stay in one area, so limit how many times you leave to put something away (it's too easy to get distracted when we go elsewhere).
If there are blankets, maybe toss them in the laundry (but don't get distracted!).
Then finish the job - whatever that means for you. For my cozy spot it meant freshening up the space - wiping with a damp cloth, vacuuming, adding a candles and a vase of fresh flowers
Do whatever it takes to make it inviting for your Future Self - they deserve a rest!
When you're done, let yourself sit/lay in that spot and truly, deeply rest as a celebration.
I just cleared my own cozy space
When I looked at it through the lens of my camera, I noticed how much dust and frumpiness I had in the corner of the couch where I sit with the cats on my lap. It looked really uninviting!
No wonder I haven't felt comfortable sitting there for awhile. One of my favorite things to do to rest and relax is to read a book by the fire, cat on my lap, warm coffee or tea in my hand, and a cozy blanket around me.
I'd been feeling like I couldn't concentrate long enough on a book...now I feel like I can do this again!
Here are my before and after photos:
My cozy space before tidying
My cozy space after tidying
I actually sat here the next day with a good book, a cat in my lap, a cup of coffee and a blanket - it's a miracle!
Please remember that I'm here for you! Reach out if you have questions and/or you feel stuck.
There's no need to struggle with clutter anymore - you're not alone and I can help you feel better right away.
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