Lately I have been seeing a lot of people sacrifice time to take care of themselves for decluttering time. They think if there is clutter or things to clean up they can’t relax. This seems like another excuse to neglect our needs.
Environments definitely play a big part in how we feel, so it’s harder to feel nurtured in clutter.
So in the midst of an imperfect, cluttered home, the question we need to ask is, "What would allow me to relax despite mess, time issues, or things that need to be done?" Because life being life there will always be something else to do. And if you wait until you are completely decluttered to relax then you are not getting the daily self care you need.
You can also think of decluttering time as nurturing time. Slow your pace, relax into releasing and letting go, play some of your favorite music, maybe talk to a friend at the same time. And at the end, take 5 minutes for yourself to just be.
Is there a place in your home that you can set aside for just yourself that you keep clutter free? Even if it is just a chair and a side table?
If feeling nurtured in your home doesn’t work at the moment, you can always try the library, book store, by a river, in the backyard or elsewhere.
I think we all feel we have “better” things to be doing then feeling nurtured, but we shortchange the ones around us if we are tired, cranky, and overwhelmed.
How about you? Do you feel you need to complete everything before relaxing? Do you feel clutter makes it impossible to relax in your own home?