The trees are budding, flowers are blooming, and I am feeling inspired by the beauty of nature around me. And… as I tend to do about this time every year, I’m looking around my home and wondering – “Where did all this stuff come from?” Which prompts me to know it’s time to pull out my favorite decluttering tool!
In the past, spring clutter-clearing usually led me feelings of overwhelm and despair, but one I discovered my favorite go-to decluttering tool, I felt empowered and ready to take charge of my home and life!
It’s a simple, yet powerful Feng Shui technique, which I share in my book, A Mom’s Guide to Creating a Magical Life.
Here How it Works
The basic principle is this: For 9 days in a row you get rid of (donate, throw out, consign, recycle) 27 things.
Yup, that’s it.
The 9 X 27 technique
What I love is the daily limitation of the 27 items.
Because as we all know, what often begins as decluttering enthusiasm, can quickly devolve into exhaustion and piles of stuff in each room, creating more of a mess than before you began!
We’ve all been there, right?
If you want to give it a try, keep it simple. Check your calendar and carve out 9 consecutive days. Start in one room, maybe with just one drawer.
And if you want to hold yourself more accountable, if you skip a day along the way, reset the calendar and start over on day one!
Most importantly, keep it light, have fun, and as with everything I recommend, do it without judging yourself.
This is not meant to be an exercise in beating yourself up. (Which is why I will practice what I preach and not beat myself up about the Christmas decorations still covering our dining room table!)
If you decide to give it a try, let me how you’re finding it. Or if you have your own favorite method, please share!
A Writing Prompt for Internal Decluttering
What are you creating space for in your life?
I am deeply honored and excited to be the speaker at this year’s Women Who Make a Difference Luncheon at Colby Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire. If you happen to be in the area, it’s sure to be a day full of joy and connection!