So hopefully by now you have cleaned out your closets, cabinets and the dreaded garage. Did some soul work and let go of old issues. Unfriended your unfriendly friends and put some effort into your romantic relationship. Maybe you followed the feng shui lessons and amped up the living areas in your home to bring in more of what you need.
Now it’s time to settle in and enjoy your rejuvenated space and self.
Don’t fall back into those old habits of tossing your dirty clothes on the floor. Don’t junk up the kitchen counters with dirty dishes. And for God’s Sakes, do not pile boxes and a bunch of other sh*t in your garage! (I can’t let go of the garage thing. My sweetie works out of our garage and it is in a constant state of change.)
Clutter got you into the emotional mess you just cleaned up, and, like the awful relationship you just ditched, don’t go there again.
Practice being organized, by starting with your closet. If you read the Mari Kondo book, you will know that she recommends sorting your closet by color, then light to dark. I did this and there many advantages to it. First, you’ll really know what colors you like because you’ll see you have a lot of certain ones. That’s good, you won’t buy the ones that don’t look good on you. Secondly, it makes it easier to get dressed in the morning, because all you have to do is reach for your favorite color and have several styles to chose from. Once you have taken something out of your closet to wear, put the hangar back in the same place you took it from. Then you can put the garment back on the same hangar and you’ll be just as organized as when you started.
Follow this simple practice with all your newly organized things: after use, put it back in the same place you took it from. You will always know where it is and you won’t create new clutter. Life will run much smoother by following this simple step. Sure you might annoy the other people in your household, but they are not you. And who knows, they might follow your lead and suddenly the entire house will be like this Zen peaceful place.
You might feel so calm you’ll have time to sit down and read all those books I’ve recommended.