Spring is slowly awakening. I just know that you're as excited as I am. This season connects to the Wood Element of Feng Shui. Think of a plant that's been dormant through the winter, that is slowly waking up and ready to grow and expand. We're just the same! We begin planning our summer flowers, gardens, outdoor plans and of course cleaning and organizing our space. (That is unless you've been "Marie Kondo-ing" all winter. )
You probably know that clutter is a huge “no-no” in Feng Shui. I actually tell my clients that the better they clean and de-clutter prior to introducing Feng Shui tactics, the better the outcome will be.
Perhaps you’re one of those people who are just overwhelmed by their clutter. Do you think of decluttering and just feel paralyzed? Do you think; “Where do I start? How would I start?” or “ Oh brother, maybe just put it off until next month.” If this is you, I’ve created a few tips for fighting that feeling of overwhelm.
1. First and Fast – I don’t know who taught me this, but it’s a favorite of mine. I used to be terrible at procrastination and this simple concept literally changed my life. The concept is to take the one job you want to do least and do it first. Just dive in and get it done and do it fast. Stalling won’t help you here. Really give it your all!!! Once this piece is complete than you’re sure to feel a bit lighter and the rest of your tasks will be oh-so easy!
2. Create a Plan – Create a system for your decluttering and cleaning. Take the few minutes to write it down because I swear it makes a difference! To create your plan, start in one area, perhaps the “First and Fast” area you just addressed. Then decide on a path going forward, for example, moving left to right, top to bottom or in any direction that feels right to you. The left to right, top to bottom works especially well in kitchens, but play around and see what will work for you.
3. Progress Not Perfection – It doesn’t need to be the most spotless, perfect place you’ve ever seen. Just make sure you’re able to make progress in the space. Maybe tomorrow, you can make even more progress and so on.
4. Reward Yourself – After a tough decluttering session reward yourself with some time in nature. If you’re easily overwhelmed by clutter, then you may need a sense of grounding. Head outside and enjoy some time in nature, and if possible, take your shoes off and walk in the grass, or sit against a tree. Take some deep breaths and you’ll feel so accomplished when you return and see how far you came.
I hope these few tips inspired you to go for it and to not stress or worry about cleaning and decluttering. Just know the outcome will be worth it!