The Spring tends to bring about a desire for change and renewal. Spring cleaning our lives allows us to let go of things that no longer serve us, so that we may live our best lives unburdened by STUFF. Clutter STUFF. Emotional STUFF. Time-wasting STUFF.When I started feeling like I was suffocating under STUFF at home, work and in my life, I knew it was time to downsize. Let me tell you, two months later, my life is SO different: So free, so open, so RIGHT! Here’s what I did:
1. GOODBYE, CLUTTER.
Start with three piles as you go through your ENTIRE house (yes, even the junk drawer!): Keep, donate/sell and trash. BE BRUTAL. Here’s a whole blog about how to part with stuff you never thought you could. Trust me, you will NOT miss it. And bonus? I made almost $500 selling what I thought was junk on KSL Classifieds. Hellooooo, date nights!
2. HUMBLE ABODE
Now that you see your home without all of its clutter, and now that everything has a place, ask yourself how well your home serves you. Do you spend too much time cleaning? Do you have TOO much space? Is it lacking beauty? Does it fit your lifestyle? I came to the conclusion that my suburban home is too big, and does not fit my desire to be eco-conscious (using car leww, using less utilities, etc). So, we put our house on the rental market and are moving to a condo downtown. Less to maintain, less to pay for, and a WAY cheaper mortgage to free us up even more! Helloooo, travel!
3. TIME OUT
Making space can also apply to your job and leisure activities. My job was very social media-intensive, with a demanding (always texting late) boss, so it felt like it filled every nook and cranny in my day. I said “yes” to every coffee date, which took away any chance of “me” time. I felt like every day was a giant hill to climb, with no rest. So, I restructured. I started saying “no” to coffee dates, which freed up my time when my son is in preschool for me to nurture myself and my hobbies. Freeing up even more space, I quit my job on a whim (still keeping freelance TV and yoga as income), but without a steady paycheck. But not even a week later, now that my schedule opened up drastically, I was able to interview for a job as an adjunct instructor at Salt Lake Community College. Well, I got the job! So now my schedule is: A few days of prep, one day of teaching per week, and with my son in preschool three days a week, PLENTY of “me” time! It’s amazing the opportunities you attract when you MAKE SPACE.
PS – THANK GOODNESS I GOT MY YOGA CERTIFICATION TO FALL BACK ON! IF YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO GET YOUR 200-Hour CERTIFICATION, I WILL BE TEACHING A COURSE STARTING MAY 16 (THROUGH AUGUST 6) IN THE YOGA TEACHER TRAINING AT SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE! Sign up here!
I hope as this Spring inspires you to release, you are able to make room for your freshest life ever