Got Rearranging?

Rearrange the room to rearrange your mind

How long has your bed been in the same corner of your bedroom? Longer than a year? What about your living room furniture? Even longer? My dining room table has been in the same spot for three years. Last week I rotated the table 45 degrees – and I LOVE it going this direction. It is like the dining room is twice as big as before. 

This week I plan to rearrange my bedroom. I already have the new layout in my head. When I get some stronger bodies here for a visit, the shake up is on! The anticipation of getting a fresh physical perspective on life within the room where I spend so much time in self-care has already increased my energy!

In addition to a fresh perspective, rearranging a room or two in your house can also help you clear some clutter. This reason alone can provide the motivation you need. But there are plenty of positive reasons to rearrange.

Here’s why:

Because… It makes you feel refreshed.

When you rearrange a room, you suddenly feel like you have a brand new room. Think about how you feel when you put on a brand new outfit, you feel like a rockstar! When you rearrange your room, you see it for the first time and your 20 year old couch is now brand new. It makes you feel happy and free to be in there. Chances are also pretty good during the rearranging process you put everything in its place so the room is clean and organized.

Because… It prevents you from buying more stuff.

As you start moving things around and you physically touch all the stuff you have, you realize you have WAY more stuff than you thought. The refreshed feeling from rearranging can help you realize ways you can repurpose the stuff you have in other ways. When you rearrange your furniture you suddenly realize that you don’t need a bookshelf in one room and it can be used someplace else, preventing you from buying a new one. When the room feels knew it also tricks your brain into thinking you have all new stuff so you don’t need anything else!

Because… It helps you clear away some clutter.

If you move your bed, you will feel compelled to sort through the boxes underneath and throw out items that are no longer relevant in your life. If you are moving your bed from corner to another, you will certainly need to clean out the corner where the bed is going. You will throw out that stack of magazines you never read, the pile of birthday cards you received for the last two years, the old hair dryer that doesn’t work anymore, the pair of tennis shoes that you replaced four pairs ago… you know the piles, we all have them!

Tell us how often you rearrange your house and how it makes you feel.

Got Clutter?

You can get rid of clutter faster than you think!

Is the desk at your office neat and orderly, but your desk at your house looks like a tornado just ripped through town? This is the current reality of my life. For the life of me, it is a mystery why I am stubborn and judicious about the items that take up space on the my desk at work, but don’t seem to give a rat’s ass about how high the piles are on my desk at home. To be honest though, I do give a rat’s ass. I know this because the idea of all that paper preys on my mind like a bad sunburn across my forehead!

This week I committed to get my home office under control. This is the most ridiculous time for me to do this, too. There are big projects at work. I have a part time teaching job. And, of course, I have to take my summer vacation. Priorities, right?

I’m here to convince you that you can get your home office (or garage, or spare room A.K.A the junk room!) under control, and there is no better time to start than right now!

 

Here’s why:

Because… the pile is just going to keep getting bigger.

We all know that when we procrastinate on something it only gets worse! Whether it is putting of a project or cleaning up a mess, when the time comes to do it you feel a lot more stress and a lot less motivated to complete it. By getting started now on tackling the clutter, you save yourself many more piles to clean up (and prevent stuff from falling on you!)

Because… you can do just about anything for 30 minutes a day.

Instead of dwelling on the HUGE number of piles you need to tackle, focus on one pile at a time, but focus on it for 30 minutes. By knowing that you only have to devote 30 minutes, you will be able to maintain focus and motivation because you will be less discouraged by the mess. You may be so motivated once you start going through your piles that you easily work on it for longer! If you don’t, it’s ok. Just pick up the next day where you left off. You will get more done in the 30 minutes than if you decided to tackle one pile at a time.

Because… you will instantly feel a sense of relief, as well as a sense of control.

When you walk into a room that has pile after pile of clothes, papers, boxes, books, whatever – it immediately makes you feel claustrophobic and makes you feel like you have a lot more to do! It also causes extra stress for the constant worry about where something is. By everything having a place and getting into the habit of putting everything back where it goes each night (CTC = Clear The Crap), you will spend a lot less time and worry trying to find something when you need it!

Do you have this problem at home? Post a pic and tell us how long it took you to CTC to get your home office (or any room) under control!

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