I read in a law of attraction book once that we need to make space for new things to come in. Meaning, if you want to manifest a new wardrobe, clear away the clothes that don’t make you feel good, so you have space for the new ones. This isn’t about law of attraction, but everything really is because what we attract in our life is based on our energy. If your home stresses you out because it is cluttered, what will your mind feel like? Cluttered!
Albert Einstein taught that EVERYTHING is energy. That includes material objects, your home, the plants, your thoughts, your words, EVERYTHING. You spend a lot of time in your home, so making it energetically aligned with how you want to feel is freeing, spacious, joyous, and just plain fun.
Every year or so, I go through every single room and donate or sell things that I haven’t used, or simply don’t want anymore. This feels so freeing and spacious. When I run out of bookcase space for books, I remove the ones I will never read or open again, and they go to a new home for someone else to enjoy. I will clean out my pantry, my office, and my bedroom closest and drawers. When I get into this de-clutter mindset, I go big. My husband fears that he his next to go, but I assure him that he’s a keeper
I also keep my home full of things I love, give all my favourite things their own special home, and keep things neat and tidy. I do this for the positive energy it gives me when I walk into my home and each room.
In UNLEASH & HAPPIER & HEALTHIER YOU, I talk about doing things that enhance the way you want to feel. Making your home a positive energetic space that enhances the way you want to feel is one of the simplest things you can do because it is your space, your things, your environment, and you have 100% control over that.
So let’s make a beautiful energetic space! This is a special treat as it is right from my book/course Happier & Healthier You. We are going to create a contagiously positive closet and kitchen in this blog.
If this isn’t something you want to tackle on your own, I highly recommend hiring a professional home stage, or organizer. They will pour love and magic into your home. If you are local, Cindy Lutes from Total Homes is pure magic.
DECLUTTERING YOUR CLOSET
Creating a Confident Self-Love Wardrobe
Let’s start with your closet, but instead of thinking about organizing your closet, let’s set an intention that we are doing it to create a self-love wardrobe. This is one of the exercises I give to my clients who struggle with self-esteem. It might seem like simple exercise to increase self-esteem, but I promise it makes a huge impact. So, you get an organized closet and drawers, you get to do some spring cleaning and you get to boost your self-esteem. Triple the bonuses!
How many of you have worn an outfit over and over again and each time you wear it you say, “This outfit looks terrible on me and I’m so uncomfortable!” I used to be guilty of this. It seems so simple and almost ridiculous to think that our outfits would impact our feelings, but it absolutely does! Of course we want self-love to start on the inside, but what you wear can have a major impact on how you feel throughout the day. Sometimes the way to love ourselves is to let go of things that no longer serve us and this includes the clothes that make us feel like shit. There is nothing ridiculous about wanting to feel good in the clothes that we wear.
You will need to set aside at least ½ a day for this exercise, so start and finish this on a day that you can commit to the time. Here are my steps for creating a self-love wardrobe:
Step 1: Take everything out of your closet and drawers. Yes, I mean everything!
Step 2: Try on each item and ask yourself these questions:
Does it still fit?
Do I feel good in it?
Am I comfortable?
Is it faded and worn, making me feel a bit frumpy?
Have I worn it in the past year?
When I last wore it, did I feel good?
Does it enhance my feelings, like feeling confidence, sexy and desirable?
Step 3: Create three piles. A donate pile, a keep pile and a throw away (or use as rags) pile. Your donate pile should include anything that made you feel like shit and wished you never wore it when you walked out of the house that day. For the donate pile, do not donate things that are torn and stained. Those can be used as rags to clean the house or car. Before you start, have a large bag or box ready to go so that you can immediately get it out of the house and not second-guess yourself. Your keep pile should only include things that make you feel good, comfortable, sexy or confident. Why bother wearing anything else?
Step 4: For all of the items that you kept, create outfits out of them. Have red pants that you love, but don’t know what to wear with them? Go online and search for red pant outfits. You probably already have a matching shirt to go with them. If not, make a wish list of what you will need to complete the outfit and over time, not all at once, unless you can financially afford to, and buy the matching piece. Grab some really nice hangers, not the metal ones that ruin your clothes, and make the outfits.
It sounds like a lot of work, but I promise you, having outfits already created and organized in your closest feels so good. You will no longer dread opening up the closet, saying, “I have nothing to wear!” Or,“I wish I had never worn that!”
DECLUTTERING YOUR KITCHEN
Creating a Kitchen You Want To Cook
How do you feel when you open your fridge? Do you feel grateful for the food that you have filled it with? Is it packed so full that you have no idea what is hiding out at the back, growing new life? Respecting your food, and where you store it, is such a beautiful way to express gratitude. We are stimulated by what we see, so when things are clean, organized and filled with goodness, we feel good.
Before you bring any of the good food in, clean out your fridge of all spoiled food, wash all of the containers and wash the fridge with soap and water. If you don’t have storage containers, head out and grab some, so that you are equipped to store your food when you get home from the grocery store.
Next, go through your cupboards and throw away anything that has passed its expiration date. Wipe down any spills and go through your kitchen and make it an enjoyable and healthy place to cook the foods that you are going to nourish you and your family with.
Make your kitchen look and feel pristine before you load it up with all the new delicious food you will be bringing home.
Maintaining The Bliss
Cleaning as you go is a great time saving tip. While you are prepping and cooking, fill the sink with soapy water, or make sure the dishwasher is empty. The last thing you want to do after your meal is to spend an hour cleaning up. There is always time between stirs, boiling, and flipping that you can wash a pot or a bowl, leaving time to do something more fun in the evening.
Next on your kitchen challenge is to only buy only what you need and what you know you can eat during the week. This is an amazing habit for reducing the “I have no idea what to make for dinner” mentality (great stress management tool), and prevents you from filling your fridge with foods you don’t want to eat and limits waste. All great habits! For some, filling up the fridge fills an emotional void. For example, one client told me that when she was a young girl her family could rarely afford to put food on the table. This fear of living in lack, not having anything to eat followed her into adulthood. Even though she can more than afford to feed her and her family, that feeling is still there and she feels like she has to fill her fridge, until it is busting at the seams, or a feeling of lack takes over her like when she was a child. But she also feels bad by how much food she throws away every week.
Your Kitchen Table
Your dinner table and kitchen counter should be spaces that you want to cook, and eat at, and most importantly, enjoy doing so. If your kitchen table is full of computers, notepads, and clothes, you are never going to eat there, or you will feel stressed and overwhelmed by the clutter, trying to eat fast to get away from it all. Pretty it up!
Just Starting Out?
If you are just starting out, or have no idea where to begin with your kitchen, I’ve got you covered. When it comes to organizing your kitchen, the best advice I can give you is to organize your kitchen the way that works for you. Think about your daily routines and try to store the items that you use regularly together. This will help you reduce your steps while cooking your meals. Big kitchen or small kitchen, organization is so important for stress-free cooking. These organizing tips are great for smaller kitchens.
Kitchen Organization That Suits You & Your Home
Not a lot of cupboard space? Use your wall space. Look for some space where you can hang a few shelves. This works for your cookbooks, dishware and even spices. Spices stored in Mason jars look so nice on shelves. Save the cupboards for things that you may want to keep hidden.
The tops of cabinets are prime space for things that you may not use often. So often we forget to look up when we are looking for more space. Get some nice baskets and use that space to store items you don’t use on a regular basis.
If you have limited counter space, buy a cutting board that fits over your sink. Using the sink as a workstation is a huge space saver. If you are not using your stove, use your stovetop as a prep station. Place a towel over the stove, so it doesn’t scratch, place your cutting board there, and use this space for prepping your food.
Not a lot of drawers? Buy some nice jars to hold your cooking utensils. These are most convenient when stored by your stove where you are going to use them most often.
Not every kitchen comes with a pantry, or multiple cupboards, making storage space limited. If this is the case for you, look for a space in your kitchen where you can designate an area for a small cupboard. If you do not have the space, think about adding a shelving unit to the front hall closet, or any closet that is near the kitchen.
Hanging fruit baskets is another great way to get things off your counter. A three-tiered basket is perfect for your fruits and vegetables and looks so pretty. Make sure it has a long cord, so you can use that space above and hang it from the ceiling.
If you want to start preparing your kitchen, make a list of what you need to do to get organized. For example, mason jars, storage containers, labels, etc. It is not necessary to go out and get everything at once.
Overtime, you will continue to add things to make your kitchen more organized. All of the tips are a great way to make fast food that is health inspired and easy to add to your daily routine. The best tip I can give you is to have fun and make being in the kitchen enjoyable.
Whatever you do, choose to pour love and magic into your home.
Laurie-ann Sheldrick, The Contagiously Positive Girl