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Learn to love your home again

I was inspired to write this week’s column by a course I took and the 30-day organizing challenge the teacher shared with us. Thirty days seemed like a huge commitment, but it got me wondering what would happen if we all tried a seven-day challenge. Will we love our home just a little bit more?

Well I certainly think we will, so here goes.

Day 1: Stay off-line for one full day

I know, yikes. No social media, no email, no YouTube videos. You get my drift. Sit, enjoy your house, read a book, go for a walk or maybe complete a project you’ve been meaning to get to. There’s no better feeling then checking something off your To Do list.

Day 2: Declutter your fridge

Get rid of anything expired, anything you haven’t used in a few months and especially anything that is unhealthy. If you don’t have it, you can’t eat it. And then give the fridge a really good cleaning before putting back what’s left. If you found you had a lot of waste, try Chef’s Plate or Hello Fresh meal delivery service. I’ve tried Chef’s Plate and loved it.

Day 3: Donate or sell at least one item you don’t like

We all hold onto pieces of furniture, knickknacks, artwork and other items in our home just because it’s always been hanging on that wall or tucked in that corner. Or maybe, like a client I went to see a few weeks ago, you’ve had your sofa for 18 years and you just don’t love it any more.

Day 4: Stop complaining

I love this tip. Don’t complain to others and most importantly, don’t complain to yourself. Turn off that negative voice and find something positive to think about. If you notice something you’ve been complaining about a lot, do something to change it.

Day 5: Reduce priorities

Let go of something you are holding on to that is no longer important. Maybe it’s a goal you set to please someone else and that’s why you haven’t accomplished it. Instead, pursue goals that you are passionate about and that add meaning to your life.

Day 6: Identify your impulse shopping triggers

What makes you spend money when you weren’t planning to? When do you do most of your impulse shopping? Make sure you fill this time with another activity. What makes you shop? Is it a commercial you have seen on television? Is it something that a friend posted online that you now think you also need to own? Replace impulse shopping with a more meaningful activity that adds an experience to your life instead of stuff.

Day 7: What have your purchased in the past that still makes you happy?

Look around your home and notice everything you own. Are there any special items you have had for a few years that you still look at and use and enjoy. That is the feeling you want to have with everything you have in your home. Notice what makes you happy and what doesn’t.

Let go of things that don’t help you love where you live.

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