sim·pli·fy [sim-pluh-fahy] to make less complex or complicated; make plainer or easier: to simplify a problem.
Our environments have a great deal to do with our state of mind. When our environments are cluttered with things, our minds are clouded- sometimes without even realizing it.
Think this through…the less you own, the less you have to care for…the less you have to care for, the more time you have to spend with those you love and doing things you enjoy!
This is one of the main reasons I love working with our Inspire Transitions clients. Our Transitions clients are mostly senior citizens, overwhelmed with the details of life while trying to adjust to physical limitations and mental stresses that come with age. As we go through the sorting/downsizing process, we learn what is most important to them and celebrate throwing things away that are clouding their minds. After all, who needs an electric coffee pitcher from the 1950’s or a hair dryer contrapment that is faded teal and dome-shaped with broken lever locks? No one!
When we think of all that we are surrounded with: mounds of paperwork, unncessary chotchkes, non-functioning equipment…it’s no wonder we feel unproductive and stressed out. So what do we do?
Instructions to simplify:
- Keep a clear focus on the things you use every day.
- Clear off countertops, desks, unruly bulletin or message boards.
- Throw things away.
- Assign everything a place.
- Hang art and pictures that make you smile.
- Arrange your furniture in a way that is functional.
- Properly store items that are necessary to keep, but infrequently used
- Give things to charity, frequently.
- Clean. Floors, counters, glass, etc.
- Cut some fresh flowers/foliage and bring them inside in a simple vase or jar
- Light a candle, be inspired, and celebrate being clutter-free!
- Repeat steps 1-11 frequently.
When we send our clients out for fun activities on Move Day, we transfer their belongings and completely set up their new home. It is truly a blessing to be part of giving them a fresh start. When we leave at the end of the day, we know our once overwhelmed client is “right-sized” in a new environment where they can thrive and enjoy all kinds of new opportunities…where everything has a place and a purpose.
Be inspired to live your best life!
– Jaime Butcher from the Inspire Studio