If you’ve been reading my blog and books, you’re probably already on the clutter-clearing bandwagon. But we all can use some focused clearing every now and then. For example, I’ll have magazines that will pile up, or I’ll suddenly realize that there are a number of pieces of clothing hanging in my closet that cause me to feel much less than fabulous. My fridge is another place that seems to gather extras, as is the trunk of my car. So your first assignment is to find the weakest links in your clutter chain, and clear them!
2. Tschotske Scale-Down
Some (not all) of us seem to accumulate doo-dads on flat surfaces. Perhaps you like to get snow globes or figurines whenever you go on a trip, or maybe you have a habit of framing family picture after family picture and placing each on the mantle. Whatever your tschotske fetishes, many of us can use a scale-down every now and then. Keeping your pieces to an elegant minimum is a good rule of thumb. You can tell if you’re doing this by noting whether a room or area is easy or difficult to keep clean and free of dust, and whether you feel relaxed and clear when gazing at a surface, or muddled and overwhelmed. You can also note whether or not your doo-dads have enough breathing room to be admired and loved, or whether they just get lost in the shuffle and noise of a cluttery surface. (Please note: you don’t have to get rid of the extras if you love them, you can just store them and rotate them seasonally so that your decor stays fresh!)
3. Extra-Credit Cleaning
You know what I mean by “extra-credit cleaning:” those spots that aren’t part of your regular cleaning routine: the inside of the medicine cabinet, the produce drawer of the fridge, or behind the couch. Taking a bit of time to clean these areas can really refresh the vibe of your home and put a spring in your step!
4. Decor Assessment
Assess your present decor: is it still inspiring and uplifting you? Or could it perhaps use a little tweaking, or even an overhaul? It’s interesting, it’s sort of like how one day an outfit can feel just perfect, and then another day that same outfit just doesn’t feel right. We’re always changing, and staying awake to these changes can help us feel our best. Like an artist, let yourself get into a zone and artistically arrange your space according to what gives you energy and fuels your sense of aliveness and fun.
5. Door Blessing
You’ve heard me say it before, but it bears repeating: doors are very magical things. The front door is the place where energy and blessings symbolically enter your home (and life), and all the other doors represent general ease and flow in your home and in every area of your life. So first, make sure that all doors have their full range of motion. Also make sure that they don’t feel bogged down by things hanging on or behind them, and that they don’t squeak or stick. Then, perform a fun blessing on the front door and then each other door in your house. You can do this by smudging the inside of the open door with white sage, desert sage, or incense (hold a dish beneath the bundle or incense to make sure you catch any burning embers), or by misting with rose water, or rose water into which you’ve added some drops of essential oil of something fresh, such as sage, lemongrass, or mint.
6. Home Blessing
Finally, consecrate and integrate your efforts by performing a simple home blessing. Perhaps stand in a central location or at the front door facing in. Hold your hands in prayer pose and take some deep breaths. Then visualize your entire home surrounded and encompassed by a sphere of very bright, golden-white light. Conjure up feelings of prosperity, positivity, health, happiness, and peace, and send these feeling throughout the light. You might also like to call on a helper or deity of your choice and say a quick prayer or invocation, and/or to call on and envision angels surrounding and protecting your home.