As more and more of us realise the little importance attached to objects and that it can actually be harmful to your very nature to be attached to objects, we move towards a society that places less value on things and focuses on experiences, travel, health, family and friends.
When we own too many objects and have too much choice it overwhelms us and we become caught up in having to keep everything in order.
Since moving house, I have spent days thinking about all the crap I have, then hours moving it around, to mere minutes putting it in a bag to donate. (quickly putting it out of sight so I don’t delve in and re-visit)
There was one part of me which would be buying all this stuff, but there wasn’t another side of me clearing out the old to make room for the new, or even questioning “replacements” when the original item was just fine.
ed-it/ˈedit/, verb- to correct, condense, or otherwise modify
We get into bad habits over the years especially within our homes. These environmental habits affect every part of our lives from when we leave the house to when we get back home.
Now this is the good bit about condensing our lives into manageable parts within our environment
To suit us and our lifestyles. We don’t need to be stuck in the same patterns. We have a choice to make the most of our surroundings and to live in an environment that supports and inspires us.
Here are 3 questions you need to ask yourself about each and every object in your home:
- Does it make me happy?
- Is it useful?
- Would someone else benefit from it more than me?
The items you no longer need, someone else might love to have. So through donating you’re giving joy to someone else.
The painful bit of giving something away is that you might think – I’ve paid for that, so I should keep it or I might need it in the future.
It can be a difficult process to go through, especially if you’re comfortable with the usual patterns of thinking you need things. If you have thought about using something but not actually used it, you won’t use it.
Some items may be of financial value such as heirlooms or antiques. Decide whether you will display or sell them. There’s no point in having things stashed away out of sight.
When you begin to remove elements, the important things become more prominent, you can see them displayed in all their glory without the visual clutter you had before.
Lets think about this in another way.
With my initial EDIT questions that I send to clients, I ask them to pick out their top 5 things in their homes, the 5 things you would grab in a fire. Some people struggle to give me 5 items.
Start by asking yourself this question and see what you come up with. Those 5 items are your key pieces for your home, the rest is open for debate.
Other items are necessities such as toiletries, kitchenware and some clothing, but you may even find in areas such as your kitchen that you have duplicates.
A while ago I produced the EDIT series which focuses on clearing out each area of your home, with a simple to follow step by step guide. I produced this series while sorting my own home – I practice what I preach!
You can find all of them here:
Start on an area each week and you’ll find a gradual transformation of your space. These things take time, so allow yourself that room to breathe when you’re organising your home.
Once you’ve completed your entire home edit, things will feel lighter, more pleasant and most importantly it will become an environment that supports you.
The benefits can be life changing.
If you would like my help with your home, I am now offering the chance for a free initial consultation to discuss your needs. You can get in touch with me by emailing elizabethdanon(at)gmail.com