Finding Happy

Cleaning Your Life! (De-Cluttering)

I have started cleaning my house, my life, and my bills.

Sometimes I win and sometimes I lose.

Yes I admit it. Sometimes I am on so fricken good that by the the end the day I’m just loving myself to pieces. And then some days like today after taking a trip over the weekend, and I’m not as far ahead in the dollar department than I would have if I had stayed home. I think to myself, Damn it… why can’t I get this right?

But you know what? It’s OK. The reason it’s OK is that by next month at this time I’ll back on track maybe even more ahead from where I was. Every day I make better choices and so can you. All you have to do is to keep trying and keep looking at ways that you can make your life simpler and clutter free. Emotionally and physically.

You also have to learn to cut yourself some slack. We do have to enjoy living. After all no one gets out alive and you have to have some enjoyment.

In the last couple of years, I have looked around and seen where I can begin saving. Those savings helped me take that weekend trip with my honey and not have to take a year to pay it off. It will be more like a month or so now. For this, I am grateful.

And yes, my debt did not get lower while I did this, but let’s say it did not get higher. I’ve made some important changes this year and now I am continuing on with this.

I am continually un-cluttering my payments and now I am un-cluttering my house….oufff…I think I would rather un-clutter bills.

OK..OK… not only do I hate cleaning. I hate to clean out things that makes me sit there trying to figure out if it’s important or not.

Also, I hate doing stuff that will take a full day away from me, then I really feel like I have wasted that time doing ucky stuff instead of doing stuff I love. So I have started doing my oh so dreaded cleanup one corner… or library… or tv corner… or cabinet at a time and I try to make sure I look at only that after I am done. I try to find the happy in my accomplishment. My goal will be to do one spot a night, until all my spots are done.

Last night was a library type cabinet that also holds my herbs and essential oils. It has some of my favorite things in it but unfortunately, a lot of those don’t get used very much. I know they say if you have not used it in a year that you should get rid of it, truth is I use this stuff once a month or every six months. I cleaned it out and although it did not feel like I got rid of a lot, to my surprise I had a box full of things to give away from it and a very full box. I still think it needs to be thinned out some more, but for now I am going to be happy that I rid myself of that. See even if that is not perfection, it’s a very good beginning and you must always congratulate yourself for you achievements.

The best way I can describe it is that I cleared that stuff out the way, so that more air could get through. I have a great love for open spaces and thinking that clutter leaves a place to breathe, really makes me feel a whole lot better.

I try to bring the stuff to goodwill right away so I am not tempted to change my mind and keep it. I am lucky though, I have one on my way to work. If you can’t bring it right away, put it in the trunk of your car and when you have a good load, bring it to them. At least you won’t have to look at it and your space is still clear.

And if you want to make yourself feel even better, here is how technology can help. Take a before and after picture with your phone and then next day look at it to give you inspiration to continue.

Be proud to de-clutter your space. It can only leave room for the things you really appreciate.

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