A Healthy Way of Decluttering and Letting Go
By Sarah Stevenson, Guest Blogger
Here are some decluttering tips for your home and especially your closet! Decluttering is a great way to lighten your mental load. It will set you free to be in top form!
We humans tend to use our wardrobes as a form of self-expression. So when I say it’s time to lighten the load a bit, it may send your heart a flutter with anxiety. The truth is, quite a bit of the stuff in your closet is simply holding up space. You don’t have to wait for spring to ditch the old to make room for the new, especially if you can’t fit another thing in that closet of yours. Letting go of certain material possessions can be very unnerving and maybe even traumatic at times. But when it is done appropriately, it can be a very freeing, mind clearing event. Here are some decluttering tips on how to get the most out of your cleaning out the closet experience.
Decluttering Tips That Make it Easy to Come Clean!
- Feel Clean & Fresh: To quote Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (When Jose De Silva Perrera sent her a telegram to let her go) “A girl can’t read that sort of thing without her lipstick.” Go into this experience showered, hair combed and make-up on. You always feel your best when you are fresh and clean and are likely to make the best decision of what must go and what can stay.
- Set Aside Time: Give the process of cleaning out and organizing the respect it deserves. Set a specific time where you can dedicate your full attention to the process. When you go at it focused and whole-hearted, you will be sure to get the job done. You may find that breaking it into separate days depending on how daunting the task is before you.
- Ask For A Helping Hand: Ask a good friend to come over and help you clean out your closet. Who knows, maybe you can donate the things you no longer need to him or her. Friends also are good at giving us an honest opinion. They can offer their own decluttering tips. Plus, can give you objective feedback on when it’s time to get rid of something because it just doesn’t “fit” you anymore.
- Turn on Some Tunes: Music always seems to bring a lighter, happier essence into any activity. When we’re having fun, we become more creative and do a better job. Who knows, you may even feel inspired to throw some dance moves in there.
- Decide Where To Donate: You may want to set up a few boxes before you start your cleaning out. Decide where you want to donate your things. Label the boxes: Women’s Charity, Mexico Ministry, Friends, Garage Sale. This will keep everything really organized and it feels really good when you know that your things are going to a good cause or home.
- Empty Out: Empty out your closet completely, that way you can really have a look at all the things hiding in there. This will also give you a chance to place the things you’re keeping back into the closet neatly organized.
- Celebrate: Once you finish, take a deep breath, pour yourself a drink, and take a good look at a job well done. Now you have a simplified, clean closet. You can display the clothes you do wear properly without crowding them with the things you just don’t use. And, by all means, share your decluttering tips you’ve learned with your friends!
Now that you have less material possessions weighing you down, you can hold your head high. You have passed the things on that you no longer need to someone who does and you have simplified your life starting with your closet. And by sharing these decluttering tips and your own success, you will pass the freedom on!
Sarah Stevenson, a.k.a., The Tini Yogini, is a Certified Yoga Instructor in Southern California. She has a degree in Behavioral Psychology and teaches not only yoga classes but also life affirming workshops. She also writes for Beachbody, which provides effective and popular workout videos, including the Insanity Workout, a high intensity cardio workout for total body conditioning.Paid Endorsement Disclosure: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of renumeration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog.