Tip #24 of our #40DaysOfSelfCare adventure is CLEANSE. Today let’s clear and cleanse our homes of old stuff and stagnation in order to create space for new possibilities and adventures!
Back in May I was in a creative rut and my schedule felt jam-packed. I felt sluggish, stagnant, suffocated, and small. I felt both weighed down and pulled in too many directions. In my daily morning pages journal I wrote, “Time to declutter…unstagnate. Cause I’m energetically dying right now. I am covered up in muck. The space I’m in feels like it’s sucking the life out of my soul.”
Note: If you haven’t done “morning pages” (from Julia Cameron’s The Artist Way), I highly recommend doing them. Writing three pages longhand in the morning gets one up close and personal with the nitty gritty stuff that blocks creative flow. It frees up precious space in the mind and heart; space that is chock full of curiosity and creative potential.
Based on the work I’ve done with my friend and feng shui expert, Tisha Morris (more on her below), I knew I needed to clear clutter from my home.
So, I removed, discarded, and tossed anything that felt sluggish, stagnant, suffocating, and small. Not only did I clear physical objects, I also cleared out old, deep grief regarding my sweet dog Duke who passed away last November. Lots of tears were shed as I moved his old bed into a storage box, where it will stay until I adopt another big dog someday.
I did a total declutter in my home, which created a total reset in my body, mind and life. My home, mind, and heart felt lighter. To bless the new space and welcome in new creative possibilities and adventures, I saged my home with both a sage wand and Tisha’s “Smudge Spray”. My excitement at the change was just the welcome mat needed for positive change and new opportunities to enter my life.
I’ve worked with Tisha since I lived in Nashville and her advice has significantly improved my life in all realms. If you want help decluttering your home, check out her Clutter Clearing online course. I also highly recommend her book, Mind, Body, Home. And I’m stoked about her latest book, Decorating With the Five Elements of Feng Shui coming out in September.
In closing, this quote from Ghandi beautifully states the sacred connection between our home, personal life, and world.
"Our contribution to the progress of the world must consist in setting our own house in order." -Mahatma Ghandi
Today’s Self-Care Adventure: Set aside 20-30 minutes today to declutter. Choose a room or closet and remove anything that feels sluggish, stagnant, suffocating, and small. Donate items to Goodwill or toss them in the trash. Then bless your space with sage or your favorite spritz, setting intentions to welcome in new creative adventures!