Detox Your Home And Feel Brand New:

by Carole Fogarty

I release the past with ease and trust in the process of life” Louise Hay

Now is the perfect time to detox and declutter your home. I firmly believe that a focused clutter busting session is the best therapy to move yourself forward in life. Particularly if you feel stuck, flat, overwhelmed, indecisive, depleted or tired.

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Photo Thanks to Nataliej’s

I know for a fact, when my home feels light and uncomplicated, my thinking is clearer, I have less distractions, energy levels improve, creativity peaks, intuition is strong and more wonderful things happen to me. I simply feel supported by my home rather than being drained and depleted by it.

How does your home make you feel, right now?

Clear out the old and make way for the new:

In preparation for the year ahead, I have been very busy (over the past few weeks) going through all draws, cupboards, boxes and spaces in my home and eliminating, eliminating, eliminating everything and anything I feel is blocking or slowing down the flow of my life.

My instructions to self are simple.  Clear out the old and make way for the new.

Remove At Least 20% Of Stuff From Each Of Your Rooms:

If you are really keen to make way for the new in 2009 then I would enthusiastically suggest throwing out, selling or giving away (at least) 20% of stuff from each and every one of your rooms. This includes the garage.

The rules for what goes:

  • unloved
  • unused
  • broken
  • expired
  • doesn’t fit anymore
  • missing parts
  • haven’t used in the last 2 years
  • it’s someone elses
  • associated with unhappy memories
  • from old toxic relationships

There is no rush or pressure. I’m allowing myself at least 6 weeks and trust that by the end of January my home will have a whole brand new feel to it.

Find Your Cluttering Clearing Groove:

Find a time of day or night where clearing clutter flows easily for you. Mine is the morning, but yours might well be at night when the house is quiet.

Having Trouble Getting Started:

  1. Starting is often the trickiest part.  I wrote an article earlier this year Simple solutions when you can’t clear your clutter which, I hope you find helpful.
  2. Alternately, grab a daily clutter tip from Peter Walsh such as; sort your sock draw; clean out your briefcase; organize your wallet or empty your cutlery draw. Sometimes the energy in our homes can be so stuck and heavy that even sorting out one draw takes an enormous amount of effort.  Start small – one draw at a time.  You can also watch a great one minute clutter tip about your kitchen draws by Peter Walsh click here.
  3. Free declutter calender: Whilst I don’t personally use this calender, it may be the perfect clutter reminding tool for you.
  4. This is my favorite book on clutter.  I have been recommending it for well over 10 years now.   Its called Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui by Karen Kingston.
  5. Unclutterer is a great blog with loads of ideas for getting organized and simplifying your work and home spaces.
  6. Here’s the ultimate inspiration to get you motivated into clearing your clutter, particularly if you are overweight. Its a book called  Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?: An Easy Plan for Losing Weight and Living More Whilst I haven’t read this book I do love Peter Walsh’s holistic and simple approach to clearing clutter. I’ve hear many good things about it.

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Suzie Cheel December 29, 2008 at 8:56 pm

I am following your lead, lots gone to St vinnies already, garbage, books to library and although i thought I would get i.

Developed a lower back pain yesterdau- lots still to let go of

Thanks for starting the detox

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Healthy Living December 29, 2008 at 9:30 pm

I’m impressed ………… and from my experience in Feng Shui there can be many healing crisis in the body when you clear clutter.
Don’t do too much at once and let the body integrate the change gradually.

Peace, love and chocolate

Carole

P.S. We’ve had no power for the last 5 hours………………….

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Patricia - Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker December 30, 2008 at 4:28 am

Thanks for all of this great information and the reminder to get rid of our clutter before we start the new year. I have an attic full of empty boxes and things we no longer use that has got to go. Thanks to you, I now feel energized to get to it. Have a Happy New Year.

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Healthy Living December 30, 2008 at 7:40 am

Wow, thanks Patricia and a big thank you for your continued support. It’s a good feeling to know that my articles are read and more importantly appreciated.

Here’s to a fabulous year for us all.

Peace, love and chocolate

Carole

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Karyn January 3, 2009 at 6:36 am

The Karen Kingston book is absolutely fantastic, I agree. In fact, I gave a copy of it to a friend for Christmas. ;-) I’ve had it for probably 7 or 8 years, and still turn to it for inspiration. I also liked your earlier article about the emotional cost of clutter, but I think I already mentioned that some time ago in another post. Happy New Year!

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