Fall Clean Up

With Summer being over and the smell of Fall in the air, I find that September brings back regular routines and October preparation for Winter months ahead.

Now that the kids are back to school or college and summer holidays are over, I get into preparation mode, for Winter, as the nights become colder and the day temperatures are crisper. Just like other mammals we are also preparing to hunker down for Winter hibernation, whether we are aware of it or not.  Humans have a Circadian Rhythm that flows with the Seasons.

Today I spent some time outside cleaning (hopefully the last of the leaves), mowing the lawn for the last time and turning up the flower beds to slowly prepare for WINTER.   As I sit here thinking about the summer, pining that it is over, I realize more that it went pretty much as I planned it.  This past summer, I had not planned any holidays. It has been 2 years since I had a good long holiday where I fully got away from work.

As I find myself now in October with November around the corner, I realize that I still really need to take a break, get away, unplug and recharge.  Plans are in the making for somewhere warm the end of January into February.  Knowing that I do have something in the works for a “me” break, makes me feel lighter already.  Stay tuned for 2018.

While I wait for my holidays, life continues on and we must live each day in the moment, not wishing and waiting.  Although it is great knowing my holidays are there in my future, so is tomorrow.

Tips – to RECHARGE!

Instead of waiting for Spring to do your cleaning – Try a Fall clean up.

When you clear up your physical space around you, you will be amazed at how that will clear up your head space.  What is it that you walk by everyday in your house that in the back of your mind you think  “I really need to clean out that drawer or closet, or that cracked tile and paint chipping on the wall drives me crazy,” or that pile of papers on the floor in your office needs to be cleared up!

As you can see there is some work to be done in my office which will happen by the end of today.  At least the piles are tidy and I know what is in each of them.

 

This is the after. I am so much more productive when my work space is clear from clutter. Can you feel the difference in the before and after?

 

My Fall cleaning – I took on a task that has been bothering me for over 3 years now. What was it?

My basement bathroom was in dire need of a facelift. I mean dire. It needed some major help as it was still original since 1972. Musty, damp, no air circulation, walls crumbling in the shower and a touch of mould rearing its ugly face. Albeit I never use my basement bathroom but every time I went to my basement I felt the negative vibes from that bathroom. There is nothing like decluttering and fixing things that are not done…. even though this space was not top of mind, all of the time, subconsciously it was causing mind clutter. It was a toleration that annoyed me to the point I avoided that space in my house. I mean avoided to the point I rarely used my basement.

My question to you is what are you avoiding in your physical space, right now,  that is causing you mind clutter?

One of the things I help my clients with is decluttering your mind, working on mindset. Sometimes we start with physical space, as it helps to clear the mind and ultimately give you more space in your mind to concentrate on other tasks at hand.

My downstairs bathroom is complete, no more water damage, no more musty smells, a crisp clean brand new shower, flooring, toilet, vanity, lighting and a fan to keep the air circulating…. oh what a feeling!!  It is truly amazing how cleaning up a space can lighten up a person, make you feel better inside and clear your head space.  Ultimately what cleaning the bathroom up has done for me:  I have had company enjoy the guest room and bathroom since it has been cleaned up.  I was embarrassed to have anyone use that space before.  I am now looking at setting up a mini gym in the room next to that bathroom space.  It is like I have a whole lot more room that is usable in my home without adding any additions or knocking down walls.

My challenge to you. Pick a room or a small space in your house that gives you those negative vibes.

  1. Make a list of what needs to be done to create a space you truly want to spend time in, or you truly need for storage to declutter other spaces in your home.
  2. Take that list put a time frame beside each task of how much time you will need to declutter or fix that space.
  3. Break that task down into smaller manageable pieces that will require only 15-20 minutes.
  4. In your day planner chunk out small time spots that you will tackle just one of those smaller tasks.

Pick away one small task at a time.  Finish THAT one task before you move into something else (so common to do).  If a something else comes to mind, add that to your list and get back to the task at hand.  You will be amazed when that space becomes yours again to enjoy, how the declutter makes you feel free, and what you can truly accomplish when you break down big huge, unmanageable tasks into smaller doable tasks.

I invite you to send me your declutter story with before and after pictures.  Go do some Fall Cleaning people so you clear not only your physical space, but also your mental clutter.

The Bonus is your home becomes even more Cozy for Winter!