Cherish your Personal Space


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Have you started to declutter and clear your space yet? If you have been reading the last few Monday blog posts you will have noticed that the topic of discussion has been about tidying and decluttering. This week I am going to focus on how to cherish the things you love, and how you decide on what to keep and what to discard.

Before you start, it is helpful to look closely at your ‘mess’. What is it? What does it say about you?  It is interesting that once you really stop to look at the things you surround yourself with, there are many items that you realise that you don’t actually like!  Instead, think about what things brings a light to your life, and that fill you with joy?

Pick up each item and hold in your hand, what are the feelings you get from the item?  Is it happiness, is it joy, or rather the opposite? Does it make you feel flat, is there a nothingness?  Your gut feeling, your gut reaction is a good indication of what to keep. Your goal is to live in a space that contains only things that bring you a feeling of happiness. Only items that give a brightness to your life. That is your answer, that is what you are aiming for.

Surely this is the lifestyle we all want for ourselves, what we have all been craving for? You can achieve this by keeping only the things that speak to you.  There is an order that will make it easier to put this into practise.

  1. Start with your clothes
  2. Then go onto your books
  3. Look at all your paperwork
  4. Any other bits and pieces
  5. Finally look at any sentimental items

Make sure you confront your own stuff first, not those things that belong to your partner, or whoever you share your home with.  Don’t try to tidy other members of your family.  It is not right for you to discard their items, even if you know they haven’t used them for ages.  It is so tempting to sort out other people’s clutter, and much easier than sorting out our own.  But by simply sorting out your own space, this will have a knock on effect on them.  Untidy communal areas can be frustrating, but that is something to tackle further down the line.

After you finish the process, you need to end up with the things in life that make you feel happy, that you truly treasure.  And if you come across something that doesn’t bring you a feeling of happiness, but you cannot throw it away, think about its true purpose in your life.  Acknowledge the contribution you have gained from the possession, and let it go with gratitude.

I hope you find these tips helpful. It would be good to hear what you think about my ideas, and anything else you have come up with. Tell me what you think by posting your comments below. Why don’t you Share this with your friends and family by clicking the Facebook icon or following us on Twitter?

About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.

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