Clearing Our Clutter

Another Five Minute Room Rescue

Declutter activity for today:
The Five-Minute Room Rescue

In whichever area is still the most cluttered, set your timer for 5 minutes. Move as fast as you can and remove all items that do not belong in this area – take the dirty dishes to the kitchen sink, put the dirty clothes in the laundry pile, pick up all the books, magazines, and piles of papers and mail and put them in a basket or at least contain them all in one area in the house.

After 5 minutes, stop. You’re done decluttering for today. Let’s move on to the fun stuff!

The point is to do this as quickly as possible so we are not spending more time than necessary decluttering and we can get to the fun stuff in our day.

From Sink Reflections
by Marla Cilley

Another 27 Fling Boogie

Declutter activity for today:
Today, we are doing the “27-Fling Boogie!”

  • Grab a trash bag.
  • Run through the house as fast as you can and dispose of 27 items.
  • Put the bag in the trash.
  • Do not look through it.
  • Don’t re-clutter your home – De-Clutter!

I know there are still things in your house that you are nostalgically holding onto that don’t truly serve your highest self! You know what those things are! Take a quick gut check – can you get rid of one of those things today and still feel all right with the world? If so, just DO IT!

The point is to do this as quickly as possible so we are not spending more time than necessary decluttering and we can get to the fun stuff in our day.

From: Sink Reflections
by Marla Cilley

Removing Hazards to Creativity

Today we are removing hazardous elements in the creativity and children area of the home.

Fire is not good for this area. If you have a fireplace in this area, you can cure it by placing a large mirror over the fireplace, or a large picture of water. Carved ducks and fish can bring in the water element also. Candles are not good for this area.

Red is not good here. Red keeps your creativity fired up all the time and can eventually burn you out.

Triangular and pointy objects also represent fire and do not belong here.

If anything is literally blocked in this area, such as doors, drawers, furniture, walkways – unblock it immediately so the energy can flow freely to all areas.

From Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life
by Karen Rauch Carter

Removing Hazards to Relationships

Today we are removing hazardous elements from the Relationships and Love area of our homes:

Get rid of pictures of ex-lovers, icebergs, anything depressing or violent. Also cactus, Venus flytraps, stinkweed, and weapons will not enhance this area and must go!

(I guess this means that I have to take this picture down? Even though it does tend to sum up some of my relationship issues?)

The air conditioner and refrigerator, if located here, will chill out your love life instead of heating it up, so you will want to make certain to use enhancements and cures in this area.

Get rid of “singles” items – bring in a guest pillow, get rid of pictures of you all alone. Don’t bring games into this area – you don’t want game-playing in your relationship.

This area is not for storage, unless you want a relationship with a lot of baggage.

If the television is here, it may be a distraction that comes between you and your partner. If your ex’s stuff is still here, it will keep you hanging on to the past.

If you must keep these items here, drape them in a fabric that will enhance this area, such as pink or red.

From Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life
by Karen Rauch Carter

Removing Hazards to Fame and Reputation

Today we are removing hazards to the Fame and Reputation area. This picture is a perfect example of what NOT to put in this area.

Water in this area douses the fire you need here.

If your bathroom happens to be in this area, add an earth element such as potted plants in ceramic pots or a yellow soap-on-a-rope in the shower. Move the fish tank out of this area. A painting of an ocean scene does not belong here.

Black symbolizes water, so remove any black items. Mirrors also symbolize water, so try to remove any big mirrors.

Remove anything that symbolizes what you are NOT about: a sad clown, photos of infamous people, depressing pictures, or pictures of animals that are associated with negative traits (sharks, leeches, pigs, toads, rats, etc) should all go!

From Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life
by Karen Rauch Carter

Removing Hazards to Prosperity

For the next few days we will be removing hazardous elements from the areas we have been working on.

Prosperity area:

Get rid of broken items. If it’s broke, you’re broke.

Remove reminders of broke or bad times. If your refrigerator is in your Prosperity area, take some dollar bills and roll them up and place them in the freezer. Then you will always have “cold cash” when you need it.

Remove trash cans. If you HAVE to have one in this area, use one with a lid and place a red line around the rim of the can with red paint, red tape, or red fingernail polish. This will stop your chi from ending up at the local landfill.

Dried flowers and dead plants are not welcome in the Prosperity area.

If there is a fireplace in the Prosperity area, it can suggest that you burn through money, or your money is going up in smoke. Balance out the fireplace by adding a water element, such as the color black, or a mirror over the mantel.

Is there a toilet in your Prosperity area? This will suck the cash out of your wallet faster than anything else. Balance this out using two mirrors facing each other in the bathroom.

Or place a small mirror on the floor behind the toilet, or in the tank, making sure the mirrors are facing up. This will uplift the chi. You can also place an eye-catching picture high up, so whoever enters the bathroom looks up. .

Or maybe you could get this innovative mirrored toilet lid. I found it at the invention connection.

From Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life
by Karen Rauch Carter

Clear That Corner

For today’s decluttering project, we will be working to improve the flow of chi.

Find one corner in your home that is dark, dirty, or cluttery. Take a few minutes to put away or throw away the junk that has accumulated, and then really clean it up. Clear the cobwebs, shine the woodwork, dust the surface.. do whatever is needed to really brighten up that one little spot.

Once it’s clean, light a candle, burn some incense, or spritz a floral scent into the air. If you really feel inspired, add a vase with flowers or hang a wind chime.

A Quick Fix

Declutter activity for today:

Find at least five items that are broken, chipped, in some sort of disrepair, that deep down you truly know you are never going to fix, and throw them in the trash.

This could include ratty towels, chipped dishes, coffee mugs with the handles broken off, broken children’s toys, pantyhose with runs, paperback books with the cover ripped off, broken lamps or chairs, old musty curtains, costume jewelry with missing gemstones, anything that you are holding onto for nostalgic reasons, or that you keep telling yourself “I will get around to fixing it someday.”

Don’t guilt trip yourself. Don’t “should” yourself. Just release it. Get rid of at least five items so you can free up that emotional and physical space. This should take less than five minutes. Do it for you!

That’s it. Now let’s get on to the fun stuff in our day!

A Quickie

Take a quick look around your home. What area bothers you the most? Which area is the most cluttered? In which area do you feel the most uncomfortable?

Set your timer for 5 minutes. In this area, do a quick tidy-up: put any dirty clothes in the laundry; throw away any trash; put toys away; gather up unopened mail and magazines and put them in a basket or box so they are all contained in one place. Any item that is out of place that bothers you – pick it up and put it away or throw it away! After 5 minutes, stop. That’s it for today!

This idea is from our very own Melissa.

Spread The Love

There is nothing worse than being a “fifth wheel” at a party or get together – so look for items that you have too many of, or that don’t quite fit in. Things you like but never use. That Christmas gift that didn’t quite hit the mark, those cute little doodads that well meaning friends gave you for Christmas, or birthday.

And what about the “extras”? Do you keep an extra this or an extra that just in case? Isn’t that a little bit like keeping your little black book of phone numbers just in case your current relationship doesn’t work out?

Maybe you have a nice little collection of elephants, or dogs, or salt and pepper shakers and you haven’t added to it in years. Isn’t it time to let that collection go to someone who might really enjoy it?

Don’t take too much time with this, just do a quick survey and grab those items up.

Relationships are about giving as well as receiving, so while you are at it, get out that extra roll of wrapping paper, some scotch tape, and a ribbon or two if you have one. Lovingly wrap each item up as a gift. Think of someone who just might like it, and give it to them.

Alternatively, you could box the items up and take them to a battered woman’s shelter.

Remember, we aren’t talking about “junk” items now. We are talking about the “nice” things you have but don’t really love, the useful things you own but don’t ever use, the “pretty” little decorative items that don’t really fit your decor. They deserve something better. And so do you.

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