It will come as no surprise to most that my happy place is my home. Not just because I have memories here but because this is where I am relaxed, where I can unwind, where I can be creative, silly, loud and where I feel safe.
For most of you, I imagine, your home is your sanctuary as well. After all we are all working hard to pay the mortgage or rent and it should be a place we like to come HOME to.
Ah…there it is again. The “should be”…. At some point in time, we chose where to live. Sometimes external circumstances may have had a part in this choice, but for the most part on some conscious level we made a choice.
And then life happened. Where we live doesn’t seem as big as it did once upon a time. We start to think, did I pick this wall color? We fill closets and drawers and cabinets and pantries with things that we need and use and forget we even own.
Our “happy place” turns into the place we go to live, where we stay, where others know they can find us. A place where our stuff lives.
We still love it, but it is a different love now–the love of settling for what is.
So I decided, and you may be in the same place with me, that this is the year to make some changes to help me enjoy my Happy Place even more!
My first step, I thought, is I am going to declutter. What a great word: Declutter! It sounds like a quick and fabulous haircut! But it’s not!
My original plan was to declutter everything and then start with a clean slate! I was pumped!
One of the first things I did was empty all the trash cans in the house. Kitchen, bathrooms, office, laundry room.
And I did not just empty them, but I washed them out dried them and put in new bags. Ready to begin the journey of decluttering my house.
I was over the first hurdle, the garbage was out–the new bags were in and ready and then…I felt completely exhausted and overwhelmed. Where do I start?
My next thought was even more frightening: I want to clean up my life, not just clean up my house! Oh my Goodness, what does that mean exactly?
I had to get my head around the idea that I was not trying to make room to buy more stuff but that I was trying to make room: room to breathe, room to grow–as a person, with my family.
This is not going to be easy. And it is not going to be fast. But it is going to be fabulous!
Where is your happy place? How do you feel about where you live right now? What changes would you like to make? How do you feel about this popular decluttering idea? Please comment below about your thoughts.
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