17 August 2020 – Cleanse Your Space

Weekly YES Quote!

“The space in which we live should be for the person we are becoming now, not for the person we were in the past.”

Marie Kondo

(The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing is an affiliate link)

Weekly Reflection

I feel good. I feel really really good.

This weekend I moved the majority of my belongings into my new home. I’d say I’m right around 80/20 where 80% of my possessions are at the new spot while 20% are lingering behind at the old spot.

As I endlessly pack, transfer packages, then unpack (seems like it’ll never end…) I keep looking around thinking, do I need the other 20?

We’re so prone to collecting things… and I can say without a doubt that I’m guilty of such mannerisms.

I’m not saying it’s wrong, wasteful, or irresponsible to collect. I enjoy the memories that I can associate with items I’ve collected from trips around the world, friends, family members, a random garage sale… It’s nice to have things that hold memories.

But it’s also nice to let things go when you move.

It’s cleansing to purge and clear the slate again for the new start you’re beginning.

It’s helpful to the soul to let some things go while you forge your new path.

So while some items (like my ridiculous collection of pint glasses) will make the journey over to my new pad, some items will go to new homes.

I can appreciate the items for the purposes they once served for me, and I can appreciate the new purpose they’ll serve for someone else.

Weekly Challenge

When was the last time you cleared out items from your closet, pantry, car, office, vacation home, or [insert place you frequently seem to store clutter]?

We tend to clutter places we use and visit often, and we rarely take the time to cleanse those spaces to keep them fresh for us.

I need to remind myself of this as I settle into my new home.

I’m going to be here almost every day using this space. I need to consider what possessions I need or have outgrown regularly so that I keep the space fresh.

We owe it to ourselves to have a place that always brings us clarity, peace, and comfort.

And we cannot have that marvelously fulfilling space if we clog it with clutter.

I challenge you to take this week to survey your regular areas and take action to clear out items that are no longer of use to you.

When you look into your closet to get dressed this morning, survey what clothes you haven’t worn in a year or more. Maybe you don’t need those clothes anymore.

When you look into your pantry to prep for your meal, survey what food items you never pick up when you’re inspired to make food or what food items are quickly approaching their expiration date.

When you hop into your car this morning to make your regular commute or to run an errand, survey what out of date papers you have in your glove box or what unnecessary trinkets you have piling up in your center console.

When you sit down at your desk to get cranking away at the office survey what items are strewn about on your desktop or within the drawers.

When you get to your vacation home to have a relaxing, re-centering holiday survey what items you brought from your main home thinking that they would be of use but have instead converted your vacation home into a storage for old stuff.

Think about what you’re not using, won’t use, or have never used when you’re in your regular spaces this week and take action to give them a new life where they might be used.

Clear your space.

We all need a good cleanse from time to time.

Reminder to Just Say Yes!

As always, say yes to experiences that present themselves to you! Life is full of fun and wonder – don’t be stuck at home wondering what life could be like, should be like, would be like… drop that nonsense! Get out there, say yes, and never look back!

Click on the links below to follow me on my social media accounts, and definitely subscribe to the blog for more Weekly Yes Quotes to help set your intention to kick start your week.

The link to Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, is an affiliate link. If you purchase the book following my link I will receive a small kickback, and you will receive a wonderful edition to your collection! I love Marie’s approach to cleansing your space so that you can live an awesome life. I’m a huge advocate that her methods work.

I’d love it if you shared some of the ways this week’s quote has made you feel, and what cleansing activities you’re looking to take on this week or have taken on in the past!

We each have a unique journey, and I would love to share in yours.

Published by yesmaamaly

Aly Bonomini is the creator of the blogs Yes Ma'am! & Cheesy Vegans. She is an avid adventurer, experience enthusiast, and motivator who lives her life by the motto: "Just say yes!"

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