I’ve realized that declutter is a form of therapy.
When I suddenly find myself compelled to clean out a closet, clear out a drawer, or cull out keepsakes, I know I’m doing emotional rumbling. I learned this from my mother. When she rumbles, she moves furniture. During especially difficult times she is known to change the living room nigh unto weekly.
The other day I needed to do some envisioning, forecasting, and figuring out of a few areas of life. But my mind felt muddled. Instinctively, I started making beds. I don’t know why but that single act can usually get me on the straight and narrow mental road.
But this time it went deeper and my preschooler was looking to me for playtime. In that moment, I listened to my soul and knew this time I shouldn’t sketch it out on paper or jot down buzz words. To tidy was the thing.
Like a mom does, I did a two-fer (think and tidy) and headed to my son’s room without announcing my intention (because telling him it’s time to tidy is not the best choice).
First, we played Legos and car chases and train tracks. When we came to a stopping point, I cheerfully challenged him to pick up 10 pieces, race to pick up the books before me, and discover the “treasures” under his bed. When he finally got tired of that (or wise to it), I sat next to him and surreptitiously decluttered while he busied himself with an imagination story.
Joyfully, I ended up with a happy preschooler and an entire kitchen bag full of toys he would not want (unless he saw them). And I was finally settled to where I had reached that motherhood nirvana–mental clarity.
The point here is, decluttering is not just about getting rid of things, making a clear space, or dejunking a counter. It’s about paying attention to emotional nudgings, using principles that work for you and your life, and making it happen in real-time–not in some magical, mystical free six-hour block that will someday be yours.
I’m excited to help you feel and find that nirvana with simple tips on creating clarity in mind and space. Join me TODAY, Wednesday, for my Facebook Live at 12:05 (www.facebook.com/8basics).
Watch Connie on Studio 5 with Brooke Walker!
This week it’s all about getting “Clear Mind and Space” with tips to get the emotional as well as physical declutter. Tune in on Thursday at 11 a.m. on Channel 5.
Get all Connie’s segments on her website www.conniesokol.com or YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/
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My friend and bestselling author, Rachelle J. Christensen has a new book! Carve Me a Melody is the second in the series to The Soldier’s Bride, a Kindle Scout Winner & Whitney Finalist.
About the book:
World War II has ended but the scars of the war have carved deep grooves in Sophie Wright’s heart. Now a widow with two young children, she returns home to Aspen Falls and meets Leland Halverson, a handsome carpenter who appears interested in her, but afraid of a relationship.
Meanwhile, David Alexander, a decorated bomber pilot has returned to Aspen Falls, and Sophie catches his eye. Confused by the two vastly different choices of men, Sophie searches for answers from a heart that has betrayed her before.
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Weds: Facebook Live at 12:05, a 15-min+ chat on www.facebook.com/8basics – “The Down & Dirty of a Successful Declutter”
Thurs: Studio 5 – “Clear Mind & Space: 3 Practical Keys”
Fri: www.ksl.com blog article on “Clear Mind & Space”–comment on my B2B Facebook post about it and be entered to win a FREE 4-week B2B Jumpstart eCourse!