You do NOT have to be Marie Kondo to be able to Declutter Like a Boss!

Today I want to talk to you about letting go. If we ever hope to achieve any new goal, we have to let go of our junk!

Ok, you ready?

True confession: I have not watched one single, solitary episode of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. 

Whew!  I said it!  But, one thing I know for sure about myself is I don’t like following trends? 

I do NOT need to watch her show to know how important it is to declutter.

I regularly declutter like a boss.

  • At least once every year I go through all of my clothes and toss out anything that I’m not wearing on a regular basis, or things that are tattered or torn, or things that I just don’t like anymore
  • I regularly go through my cabinets in the kitchen and throw out expired foods or stuff that’s just not good for us that made its way into the kitchen (I don’t know HOW that happens!)
  • I regularly do inventory on my essential oils and toss out expired or oxidized oils. 

I declutter. 

I would actually love to live a minimalist lifestyle, but I have a husband who likes stuff…that’s a topic for another day.

Have you ever, and I mean ever, redecorated a room or remodeled your house?

There is no doubt that decluttering was a part of those processes.

Redecorating is more than simply going to Home Depot or Lowes and picking out new paint and fixtures. There is a LOT of prep work involved. Moving furniture out, removing fixtures and light and electrical plates, taping, putting down drip cloths, making sure you have all of the supplies you need so you don’t have to make that 10th trip back to Home Depot (true story).

Redecorating takes a lot of prep work.

So does remodeling.

You have to remove all the old fixtures, tear down walls, rebuild plumbing and electrical, and more.

One thing they have in common and it is common to reaching goals is that you have to declutter to make room for something new.

It is exactly the same when we have goals we want to accomplish. We cannot try to fit into the cracks what we want to make a priority. We cannot remodel a room if we haven’t made space in our lives for that remodel to happen. I can’t go to work for 8 hours every day and hope to get 8 hours of remodeling done in the same time period. It just doesn’t work.

So, we need to talk about decluttering to make room for those new goals that you’re setting for yourself. 

Many of us can make our goals without much help or accountability- do you know any of those self-motivated people? 

But there are so many of us who have set goals in the past and yet, not achieved them. Part of the reason is that they haven’t set in place new systems or structures. 

They haven’t really changed anything in their life to make way for the new thing.

So, we have to clear out the old junk before we can bring in the new. 

Today I want you to ask yourself: what do I need to let go of in order to get [insert your goal]?” 

Before I start any new endeavor, I stop.  I look around at my environment and my calendar to see if there are things that I need to let go of so that I can prioritize the new thing.  

  • Sometimes it’s a conversation that I need to have (like a boss)
  • Sometimes it’s something in my calendar that I need to adjust (like a boss)
  • Sometimes it’s books on my shelf that I need to reorganize. (this one is HARD)

Pivoting from Aromatherapy to Life Coaching, I had to make sure that I cleared my calendar so I could show up each week for my lessons.    

I want you to think about all the things that could possibly get in the way of you committing to yourself.

Then I want for you to think about which of these things are within your control?

Sometimes there are things we just have no control over even if they are getting in the way.  When you have that happening in your life, you need to look at the things you do have control over so that you can adjust those areas. 

Today is all about figuring out what you can let go of so that you can actually move forward with your goals. 

Like a Boss, you need to clear the clutter so that you have the conditions for success.