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Declutter So You Can Add Joy and Calm To Your Life!

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Decluttering is actually a calming activity! If you don’t use it, find the clothes/toys a new home. I promise you’ll feel happier and lighter!

The kids are back in school after the holiday weekend and you have the house to yourself–until pick up at least. Join me in spending 30 minutes or an hour to declutter today!  I promise that when you are done you will have a smile on your face and you will even feel lighter.  When you make it a priority to organize your home (or your office if you are reading this from work), you are giving yourself and your family (or co-workers) the gift of calm.

I love buying fresh flowers at our local Farmers’ Markets so that when we come home, the first thing I see are sunflowers, snapdragons, peonies or ranunculus.  I make our bed every morning because there’s nothing like coming home to an inviting, freshly made bed.  Our daughters, who are 5 and 7 years old, are assigned weekly chores and they are each required to make their own bed each morning.  Are they made perfectly?  No, but they feel a lot of pride in helping out around the house and enjoy being entrusted with a few, age appropriate responsibilities.

Why should you declutter?  Simply put, we all have too much stuff!  One look at our garages, the kids’ rooms, our nightstands and playrooms and it’s apparent that enough is enough!  Those who know me well know I actually love to shop for clothes, for things for our girls, for our home and, my personal favorite, for school/organizing and art supplies.  But, I’ve come to see that having too much stuff (even stuff that I like but don’t have time to use), makes me feel suffocated.  My intention is to create a home that feels calm, clean and organized. I want our home to be the place we all miss and are eager to come back to at the end of a busy day of school, work and after-school activities.

If you’re up for the challenge, join me today!  Start by assigning yourself a small project like your junk drawer in the kitchen, your child’s closet, the art supplies in your child’s room, your linen closet or one specific area of your garage.  I’d love to hear from you so after you’ve decluttered, please comment below!

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