When you want new things to enter your life you need to create some space for them. It’s one of those things that may seem a little esoteric but I can confirm to work.
Thinking about this rationally, I suppose when you are creating space, you are sending your unconscious a message that you are ready for new things. So when they appear, you will spot them.
It is said that we filter information based on our state of mind so an open state of mind where there is space for new things to come in has got to be good!
I guess you are also saying to yourself ‘out with the old, in with the new’. Here are 3 tips to get started.
I don’t know about you but I get a great sense of satisfaction out of de-cluttering. Whether that is getting rid of old clothes, clearing out the garage (garage is a bit of a dumping ground in my house) or clearing out the kitchen cupboards.
The hardest one for me is the clothes. Garage and kitchen cupboards is just about putting the effort in. Whereas clothes, I find hard.
I was brought up to be relatively careful with money so I don’t like to get rid of clothes that are still good. Trouble is sometimes, I buy the wrong things and the clothes end up sitting in my cupboard unworn.
Should I keep them? The rule I use is if I haven’t worn something for a year then I’m very unlikely to wear it. I also found that giving them to charity helps, I do the same with old furniture. Makes me feel less like I’m wasting something.
What areas of your house could do with a good clear out? What strategy do you need to use? Just put the effort in or send the stuff to a better home?
Go for it, spring is around the corner. If you’re in England, I spotted lots of daffodils at the weekend. Best time of year to get back some physical space.
2. Clear space in your schedule
To get a big dream or any sort of goal, you need to put some work in and that work needs to get done. The best way is to schedule what you have to do in your diary (there’s more info about this technique in Make It Fly!).
I recently did an interesting exercise (credit goes to Marie Forleo). Give it a try if you need to clear some space in your schedule.
This will take 15 to 20 minutes. First, brainstorm everything you have to do and want to do. And I mean everything even if it’s in the future. Write it down.
When I did this my stuff ranged from giving my cousin a call to doing a PhD. Write all of it down, however big or little. The point is to clear your head.
Once you’re done (make sure you spend at least 10 minutes on the brainstorm). Organise the tasks / goals into 4 categories: next 3 months, this year, next 5 years and never (yes, you may find some stuff you kind of want to do but you know deep down will never happen).
Look at what you want to achieve in the next 3 months. Evaluate if it makes sense, whether you have the time and whether it helps you reach your goal (or is simply something you have to do – some stuff just has to be done, like taking the car to the garage for a service).
Once you are happy with the list of tasks for the next 3 months, schedule them in your diary. Now, if you don’t have a plan for your dream, it may be a good idea to get one at this stage. It will help decide what is important and what isn’t.
3. Clear space in your mind
Clearing space in your mind is great for keeping stress down, remaining calm in the face of adversity and being generally happier.
I’ve always wanted to meditate. However, each time, I’ve tried, I’ve just ended up falling asleep. Recently, I read an article in the newspaper about an app called Get Some Headspace. I told my husband and we decided to give it a shot.
The programme starts you off 10 minutes at a time and there are clear instructions and directions. Although I did fall asleep once of twice, I’m getting better.
I haven’t seen major results yet but I like the programme. I’ll keep you posted on how I get on.
So, if you feel, you need to clear some space in your head. Give Get Some Headspace a shot. You can try the programme for free.
There’s a sense of spring in the air. What better time of year to create some space? Where will you start?