Welcome to Sanctuary Sundays! This series focuses on easy steps you can do each week to bring peace and joy to your home. I am a fan of beautifully decorated spaces, but the most crucial element you can get to your home is peace and happiness. Here are some easy ways for you to declutter and clear your mind.
It’s hard to find true peace and joy in our modern world. How can we feel happy when constantly facing problems, demands, and obligations? Most of us barely make it through the week before we collapse into a puddle at the weekend. Maybe the weekend is when your kids’ activities or household projects get going, and you are exhausted by Monday morning.
I can relate to that feeling! I was the epitome of “Do It All Girl” with dozens of balls in the air at any given time, and I held my breath, hoping that I didn’t lose one. It may have appeared that I was a “Do it All” girl but in reality…
I barely made it through the week without losing my mind. I wouldn’t have described my life as JOYFUL OR PEACEFUL.
Five years ago, my life changed dramatically. I went from feeling out of control and like time was rushing by to living meaningfully and deliberately every day. You can read about it HERE, but I wanted you to know the daily steps I took to change my life.
For mThent of “clutter,” or chaos, in my house is directly related to the amount of clutter in my head. Understand me; I do not have a perfectly organized home with everything in its place and no dishes in my sink that you see in pictures. Our house is messy because we LIVE there. It’s CLUTTER. What I’m talking about is CLUTTER.
First, I changed my lifestyle.
FACE OFF THE CLUTTER.
It was overwhelming at first because we had so much STUFF. I didn’t know where to begin because I had so much to do. I decided to START SMALL. I started by tackling a drawer in the kitchen and then, a few days later, took another 15 minutes to tackle another one. It took only 15 minutes.
I didn’t attempt to do it all at once. Take it one step at a simple time.
I tackled the more significant projects like my guest bedroom closet, which overflowed, and the garage.
As I went through the process (about six months), I became aware that my mind and heart were lighter as I decluttered.
I felt as though all the “stuff” chelated in my home was taking up space within my body.
While I physically sorted “old stuff” through and let things go, I also cleared out years’ worth of things I no longer needed mentally or emotionally. This was a liberating experience! Instead of feeling frustrated or stressed, I felt happy and light whenever I opened the newly decluttered drawer in my kitchen. It was the same for every space I decluttered…it cleared equal amounts of space in my heart and mind.