Author Rachel Loeslie, owner of Rachel Loeslie Organizing, is an expert in decluttering, organizing, rearrangement and cleaning. She acquired natural organizing skills from her Mother, Carol, and is a certified master in Feng Shui through the Wind & Water School of Feng Shui, an active Member of National Association of Professional Organizers and is a Norwex Consultant sharing ways to clean without chemicals. She started with her first clients as a teenager working with her grandmother to downsize and her brother to keep his house in order while he kept a busy work schedule, each recognizing and utilizing her knack for organizing people, places and things. Rachel’s specialty is creating order and harmony in homes and offices by teaching busy people how to look at the big picture, connect to their goals, and act in favor of their priorities to live a remarkable life. Rachel can be reached at 612-232-8736 or RLO@RachelLoeslie.com. Visit www.RachelLoeslie.com for more information, blog posts and social media links.
In a society that focuses on multi-tasking, moving at a continual fast pace, and a bigger is better mentality, I am suggesting people slow down and embrace a less is more attitude. Have you ever heard your parents or grandparents say, “Good things come to those who wait.” I know I have and yes it can be annoying to hear. Now that I’m 40, I realize what they were suggesting is to surrender, let go and allow your life to unfold as it should. Let what will happen, happen and you will find happiness opening up within you. It will take patience, faith, trust, and love to allow what you desire to be drawn to you. The secret sauce to doing this is truly being aligned with your passions, dreams, intentions and values. Decide what is it you want out of life and then stick to it relentlessly. Jim Rohn on happiness states, “If you go to work on your goals, your goals go to work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build, end up building us. We all have two choices: We can make a living or we can design a life. Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.”
In my profession of professional organizing, there are a few myths out there about getting organized and decluttering. Some people may think I’m going to come to their home or office and ask them to throw everything away. Some feel they may be judged because there is clutter, messy areas or “everything isn’t perfect”. It’s my job to meet you where you are, find out what really matters and help you get there. It’s about focusing on the real spice of life and what lights you up. We don’t spend a lot of time in the murk, I like to spend time getting to the heart of the matter. I’m there to make it better, inspire you to take action and light a spark within you that’s been lost for awhile. Those desires must bubble up and be your driving force. That’s where real inspiration lies and tapping into that is how we let your true light shine!
Clutter is something we all suffer from. It comes in many ways, shapes and forms. The most common forms of clutter are: 1) physical items that bog you down, 2) mental to-do’s that clutter your mind, 3) emotional thoughts or feelings that slow your productivity and energy levels. Either way it stakes up and takes a toll on our overall health and well-being. Clutter by definition is a delayed decision. It’s something we put off doing or dealing with and anything that stands in your way of having the life you want. Decluttering is a huge act of self care and one that should be taken seriously. Often times it falls off the radar. Why is that? Many reasons: lack of support, commitment, time, knowledge or know-how could be why so many fail. The most common reason is usually because there is no system or process put in place, and no time set aside for this very important goal.
A few reasons we keep things around is because: 1) we don’t know what to do with unwanted or unused items, 2) we might need or use it one day, 3) it might be valuable, 4) it was a gift, or 5) it‘s a memento or keepsake. It’s important to recognize that you may be letting some of these reasons hold you back, crowd out your present and cling you to your clutter. Life is meant to be full of things that bring you joy, love, satisfaction and energy. It’s also important to distinguish the energy drainers from the energy gainers. It’s critical to identify what items add to your life and which deplete you. Decluttering is always the first step in getting organized and letting go can be just as invigorating as getting something new. Try some of these do’s & don’ts of decluttering to lift your energy, get organized and love where you live.
Do’s & Don’ts of Decluttering:
DON’T: buy a bunch of storage systems, organizing supplies or containers
DO: sort items into categories to keep, throw or donate
DON’T: feel pressure to keep something because it was a gift
DO: have resources in mind for donating, selling, or recycling discards
DON’T: try and do it all at once
DO: make a plan, set specific goals, prepare
DON’T: assume that you will fix it, fit into or use it
DO: let go, bless someone else with your unwanted items and move on
Common Myths about Clutter: (From: Your Spacious Self by Stephanie Bennett Vogt)
MYTH: Clutter is separate from us
REALITY: clutter is an extension of us
MYTH: clearing is a linear process
REALITY: clearing is a journey
MYTH: clearing is about making a change
REALITY: clearing is about allowing change
MYTH: clearing is mindless, tedious exercise
REALITY: clearing is a mindfulness practice
Ways to Stay on Track
- Schedule time to declutter daily, weekly or monthly
- Have a buddy to do it with or be accountable to
- Do it in small doses and use a timer
- Focus on progress, not perfection
“It’s not about perfect. It’s about effort. And when you bring that effort every single day, that’s where transformation happens. That’s how change occurs.” – Jillian Michaels