I recently took a family holiday where we packed up the car and travelled by Ferry to France to stay for a week.
Packing for a family of 4 always always brings many decisions which mainly include what clothes and shoes will we need to wear , what bath and body products will we need to keep clean and what other bits do I need to be comfortable and enjoy the holiday.
If your interested in what I packed then get a free PDF copy of my packing checklist here
Next I go a stage further and think what things will we need to be content or happy for me my journal, my daughter will need her favourite teddy and my teenage son of course his iPhone!
It’s simple we realise we can’t take everything with us for a week so we pack what we think we need and leave the rest behind for our return.
When we arrived in France we travelled to our accommodation which was self catering and furnished. So we obviously had no need to take furniture or kitchenware. There we had most of the basic things we needed. Along the week however we did find out we were missing a few things in the home space that we would have liked a kettle, some scissors, a bath mat , a mop , a spatula to name the main living items. An extra towel and more reading books would have been nice in our own personal items. But generally we had everything we required and what we didn’t improvised and all was well.
What this week made clear to me was that my own house at home is filled with lots more stuff than I have whilst away of course some stuff is useful (the kettle!) some pretty and sentimental (photos) and others well this is where I started thinking deeply , I’m not sure it has a use or purpose at all.
In France on holiday everything felt simple without the clutter you have more space to think, less to be distracted by, more physical space to move (even in a smaller footprint property). It’s easier to decide what to do and how to do it, you can be more decisive and know yourself solely in that moment as there is no stuff mounting to a lifetime of styles and memories constantly around you. And I really love cleaning (I’m in that strange category of people who enjoy it) but it’s easier and quicker to do with less stuff around so you have more time in your day to do what else you like on holiday this is making memories and relaxing but at home it could equally be work or spending more time with family or on your hobby.
I don’t think I’m ready for a truly minimalist lifestyle that you read about in some magazines and blogs with my family but I have considered that making life simpler and less cluttered can hold onto those positive qualities and experiences I had whilst on holiday back to everyday life.
So if you want to join me on the declutter challenge I have set myself for August you can follow me on Facebook and Instagram where I will be sharing the areas I am tackling and what I have learnt along the way.
Maybe this could too inspire you to live life happy, healthy and fulfilled.
Every year I schedule in time for what I call a super organise and clean through the house. This involves at least 3-4 hours of work for my house but before I add to the craziness of decorations, presents and visitors for the season this is time well spent!
You might think you can’t do this in this amount of time or possibly that it is too much time, there is no right or wrong answer, last year through the Konmari Method I completed a huge list of things I wanted to do in my home an physical environment. As such my level 10 life Score went from a 4 to an 8 this year ! All successfully achieved and really improved my lifestyle.
More about this method in a blog another time. This year I will be improving the upkeep of this process. Oh just a note, it doesn't mean regular chores are cancelled as they still need to be done, as we are a family of four people and one very fury dog!
What this does mean though by doing this in one hit, I am saving myself time and stress in the future, being this organised allows me to spend good quality time with friends and family and allows less stress (on my part) when we gain unexpected visitors or life is more hectic than expected, which always happens this time of year.
This process isn't for everyone but for me I recognise my equilibrium is kept and my enjoyment levels increased by making this process happen. It also falls really nicely in with my Level 10 goals for Physical Environment that will see me into the new year.
I get told a lot by the people around me that I tidy and clean to much! That some people see it as a waste of time, some say they don't have time so choose not to do it, some day it's pointless because it will get messy again, some say to me I'm a little obsessed even.
Now I am all for considering other peoples perspective on this and I have spent time considering if they are correct in their views. I am not suggesting here today they are right or wrong. Today I share with you the reasons I choose ( feel the empowerment there? It's my choice, no one makes me ) to do this and why then it's important for me to follow this through.
• General cleaning can improve air quality - by eliminating areas prone to mould or dust that can affect conditions such as asthma and allergies.
• When the house is dirty or disorganised, it’s difficult to focus on the tasks, You will be distracted by trying to find things, clear surfaces or finding space to do what you want to taking up more time than you have and reducing your productivity
• You can relax and sleep better in a clean and tidy environment
• Creating a cosy and friendly environment means people want to be around, they feel welcome and can enjoy themselves . Hygge is the best! If you have not heard of this before pop over to the bookshelf where there are some recommendations to read up about it or use social media to search it.
• Doing a deep clean and tidy allows me to see and feel my house. It gives me a chance to connect with it, find out if there are any repairs I have missed or need to consider, appreciate and give thanks to the space that shelters and supports me and my family.
• Creating emotional and physical space allows life to run smoothly, brings opportunity for new and exciting things to come in, and reduces negativity. Keeping the joy in life - another book I recommend to read to help with this process is The Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo check out the bookshelf.
• I am more productive, focused as a result.
So why not! Top tip is I use this time to catch up on podcasts and audio books.
My Level 10 Life goals for Physical Environment
1. Get house repairs and maintenance done
2. Bring in Konmari method to every area of home
3. Build a porch
4. Improve Garden planting areas
5. Create an even better office desk space
6. Get help
7. Organise garage
8. Reorganise and stock kitchen , create pantry
9. Clear out garden shed
10. Home improvements - paint front of house, clear up garden after winter, new hallway carpet, paint bathroom
Not all the tasks on my level 10 can be done straight away but working towards them and having a plan will make them happen. For now I can be happy that I have a tidy house and am ready for the festive season.
Do share your top tips, ideas and inspiration with me.
Linda Perry Holistic Practitioner💚Mum👩👧👦Wife💏Author📘Blogger. My mission to inspire others to live a healthy, happy & full life!