Thank you for joining me for this extra, deep dive into Clutter!
Don’t forget to join me in my private Facebook Group; Clarity, Courage, Change to get in touch with me. At this time, I won’t be able to answer personal emails/messages, but believe am setting up the energy in the group to be one of support and confidentiality. I will answer questions and comments in the posts 🙂
Today we start our clutter clearing in the bedroom. The bedroom is our place to relax and recuperate, heal and dream. It’s where we spend most of our time, and so we want to make sure it is free of clutter or things that can impede us from having a good nights sleep.
- How to Clear Clutter
- Bedroom Clutter
- Questions to answer in your journal
- Today’s Challenge
How to Clear Clutter
- Set a Time Limit – Set a Timer
It is important before you start any clutter clearing, that you know how long you’ve got. You may think that you have all the time in the world, and it will take you no time at all, but actually it can be a bigger job than that. If you have an hour to clutter clear a space, then split the time in half. Thirty minutes would be dedicated to sorting through and clearing the clutter. The second half would give you time to get rid of the clutter, put back the objects that you love and leave you a clean space that will feel uplifting and clutter free. You can do this for smaller amounts of time too, so if you only have twenty minutes to spare, then split that into two rounds of clearing and then disposing of your clutter.
- Clear the Surface
Sometimes there is “stuff” accumulated on top of the clutter. It can be a powerful exercise to clear away the surface first. This way you can see exactly what clutter you have to clear.
- Throw Away – Give Away – Recycle – Maybe Later – Keep
This is the most important part of clutter clearing itself. You will need to get four boxes or bags and label them as “Throw Away,” “Give Away/Donate,” “Recycle,” “Maybe Later/Store” and “Keep”.
The names are quite simple, and should be self explanatory. The only thing I will say is that your “Maybe Later/Store” box should have an expiration date. Whatever you put in that box, seal it up at the end and put a date on it that is in six months time. If you’ve not needed anything in the box by that date, then you can give it away.
- Questions to Ask Yourself
The following questions will help you when you are going through your things to find out if it is clutter or not.
- Do I love it?
- Do I use it?
- Do I really need this?
- Does this fit who I am? Does this fit who I desire to be in the future?
- Does this make my energy go up, down, or remain neutral?
- Why am I keeping this? Who am I keeping this for?
- What will my life be like if I let it go?
- Will the freedom I gain getting rid of this outweigh any possible regrets that I may have by getting rid of it?
After answering these questions, decide if the object you are holding is clutter. Ask yourself, “Do I want to throw this away, give it away or sell it, recycle it, keep it, or store it for another time?” There is a place inside of you that knows the exact right answer. And there is immense power in making a decision. Decide quickly and go to the next item. It works well to decide quickly. This gets your conscious mind out of the way and makes room for your inner knowing to come forward.
For me, my bedroom is my sanctuary. It’s the place where I relax and rejuvenate, where I have deep conversations and much more. The bedroom is also important because it is the place we go to when we are sick and need to heal, and gives us a chance to be creative when we dream, allowing new ideas to come forward.
I like my bedroom to be airy and light, so I don’t have much in there. However, I did find a copy of a book I never read and there are some inline skates which I don’t think I’ve used in around fifteen years … they all need to go because they are taking up space.
Questions to Answer Today
These questions will be the same for the next few days, but are important to ask yourself them before you start clearing.
- How do I feel when I am in my bedroom?
- How would I like to feel in my bedroom?
- Pick an area in your bedroom to clear out the clutter.
- I’d recommend starting at what is opposite you when you wake up, or what is by your bedside.