Happy Challenge – Day 9: Declutter Your Home, Declutter Your Mind

Happy Challenge – Day 9: Declutter Your Home, Declutter Your Mind

Happy Challenge – Day 9: Declutter Your Home, Declutter Your Mind

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Welcome to Day 9

 

Alright, before we even start with Day 9 can we just take a moment here? Remember those tomatoes I showed you last week on Day 2? Well look at them now.

 

My tomatoes declutter mind home

 

I am super pumped about these. Actually, I was so excited, I ate them. Although they don’t look like this picture anymore, and I’m back to square one waiting for the rest to turn red, I still want to celebrate. And, I also want to celebrate you. If you have made it this far, I’m proud of you and you should be, too. Too often we forget to do things for ourselves, and I want you to know that you are awesome! Becoming a better you is totally in your hands to achieve, and you’re doing the hard work to make it happen.

 

Today we are going to declutter. A chaotic space leads to a chaotic mind. I know this from first-hand experience. I admit, I allow messes to happen, and I am not always the best at cleaning them up. But, the one thing I know for sure, is this: too much clutter makes me frustrated. That feeling is not a good one. It does not make me happy. But guess what? The sense of accomplishment that comes when I’ve tidied a room does make me happy, and it will make you happy, too.

 

Now, you may enjoy cleaning, tidying and organizing, already. So, today might just be a little easier for you. It doesn’t mean you get to skip out on today. No, you still need to declutter something. On second thought, maybe it will actually be more difficult for you tidy people because you’ll have to work harder to find something to declutter. See? There’s always two ways to view a situation.

 

What will you tidy?

 

You might choose:

*a bedroom

*a bathroom

*garage

*your yard

*a closet

*a cupboard

… you get the idea.

 

The important thing is that you choose a spot that is doable. Just like those goals you are setting for yourself. You did set a goal last night, right? Anyway, if you don’t have much time, then choose a small room or perhaps a cupboard in a room. I know my kitchen pantry cupboard becomes overloaded somehow on a regular basis, so that would be something I could tackle if I was wanting to complete the challenge, yet not feel stressed for time.

 

If you find yourself living in chaos and see clutter everywhere you look, I highly recommend reading through Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. Read it from start to finish and follow her instructions. It’s an easy read and it might just help you fix your cluttered home and how you view things.

 

When I first read the book I was inspired. I went from this… (I know, hand-to-the-heart. Some of you probably had heart palpitations just looking at this).

pile of clothes, declutter your mind and home

 

…to this:

clothes after declutter mind and home

 

I don’t know if you have an appreciation for the amount of clothing in that pile, but just to give you an idea, this is what it included:

*everything in my closet

*everything in my drawers you see above

*everything in my boxed organizer shelves

*everything in a 5-drawer plastic storage container

 

Yes, I was completely overwhelmed, but I stuck to the instructions and the feeling of accomplishment afterwards was more than rewarding.

 

I’m going to show you a few more pictures, but don’t misunderstand, I did not do this all in one day. Although Marie Kondo does suggest you work as quickly as you can to keep momentum going, I would have never been able to do this in one day.

 

Where did I declutter?

 

Well, I couldn’t stand the bathroom ‘hair accessory’ drawer, for starters.

bathroom drawer before declutter mind house

 

So, I changed it.

bathroom drawer after declutter mind house

 

Then there was our cupboard that has no real theme to it; just a bunch of ‘whatevers.’

Cluttered cupboard declutter home mind

 

I was happy with the change.

Organized cupboard, declutter home mind

 

And then there was the games and Play-Doh cupboard.

games room before declutter mind home

 

Now it looks like this:

games after declutter mind house

 

I could go on with the pictures, but now it’s your turn. I hope these pictures have inspired you, whether you are an avid tidier or not. And don’t forget, if you need a little more inspiration on an effective method to get tidy and stay tidy, take a look at Marie Kondo’s book for an added push.

 

Let me know which space you chose to declutter and how you felt when you were done.

Until next time… happy tidying.

And, remember: Life is what you make it. Take lots of pictures.

 

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