want to eat healthier, declutter your kitchen. Donate foods
that represent your old eating habits to your local food bank. Let
go of items like your deep fryer or cookbooks that aren't in sync
with the new healthy eating habits you intend to create. When you
declutter any item that symbolizes or enables unhealthy eating
habits, you are creating space for new, healthier eating habits to
come into your home and life.
If you want to lose
weight, declutter your closet. Let go of a few items in the
size you are right now and thereby create space in your closet for
the size you intend to become. Of course, don't let go of
everything in your current size; just a few items will be enough
to remind you that you intend to lose weight and fill your closet
with items in a smaller size.
If you want to spend more
time with your family, declutter your calendar. Take a hard
look at your current commitments and decide to let go of one
activity that no longer energizes or inspires you. Or, look for a
routine task such as house cleaning or doing the dinner dishes
that you can delegate to someone else-either for pay or simply
because they're a member of your family. It's easier to have these
conversations-to tell someone you're no longer going to chair the
volunteer committee or that you want to hire a cleaning
service-when you're specifically aware of what you're creating
space for-the important people in your life who currently aren't
getting as much of your time as you'd like.
If you want
to feel more creative, declutter your project list and creative
supplies. If your creativity is stifled, you may have too many
projects in process or an overabundance of creative supplies.
Declutter a project or two that no longer inspires you. Let go of
supplies and donate them to a daycare or retirement center. By
doing this you will create visual breathing room in your creative
work space and in the creative area in your brain.
you want new clients or exciting new projects at work, declutter
the files in your office. Pull a recycle bin or a shredder
into your office, and watch your energy shift as you let go of old
projects and paperwork. If you have items such as old client files
that you must hold onto for legal or archive reasons, move these
items to a file cabinet or file box away from your active files.
When you create open space in your active project and client
drawers, you create space for the new clients and projects to come
If you want to get out of debt or get more
financially organized, declutter your wallet and purse. When
you clear clutter from your wallet and purse, set the intention to
be more financially organized. Set up a collection spot for
receipts and bills that's close to where you hang up your purse
each night. Put a small envelope in your purse to collect
receipts, and write an inspiring message on the outside of the
envelope to remind you of your intention to get out of debt or
improve your financial situation.
old is always a terrific way to create space for something new.
But when you declutter intentionally by deciding what you want to
let in, and then take steps to let go of something old to make
space for this new thing, decluttering is an even more empowering
experience. What do you wish to create in the new year? What can
you let go of now to create space for this new thing, idea or
inspiration to come into your life?