5 Ways To Get Unstuck

So let's all learn from Amy's challenges.  Even though it can be difficult to be so forthcoming with what I would categorize as failure or gluttony or flat out sin; I am here to tell you that it seems we all benefit when we just share the ugly truth. 

After publishing blog mentioned above, I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and came across a fascinating photo of a simple, clean, and cute closet. Dallas moms blog advocates for maintaining a 37 piece wardrobe: 15 tops, 9 bottoms, 9 pairs of shoes, 2 dresses, and 2 jackets. / http://dallas.citymomsblog.com/why-i-got-rid-of-my-wardrobe-capsule-wardrobe/ 

I thought okay, let's ponder this idea.  So I went to my closet to count my jackets.  16 jackets. 16 jackets.  Are you kidding me?  And I am supposed to go down to 2?  Who's idea was this anyway? I was even trying to share and mix around quantities: Maybe I could do 11 tops and move 4 items to the jacket category.  Perhaps, fewer pairs of shoes=more jackets saved.  Oh my, stop the insanity!  I am stuck in the details of trying to make my life simpler. This is what I came up with...5 Ways to Get Unstuck

1.  Quit comparing yourself to others.  Especially when they live in an entirely different area of the country.
     a.  Climate must be taken into consideration when purging your closet and deciding what to keep.
     b. Use others' suggestions as a guide, not a rule. 

2.  Give yourself permission to purge items to another room, temporarily.
     a.  Be ruthless and just pull out items that you could do with out for the next 2 weeks and put in another area.  As I did this, I found things I could definitely donate.  (I did this with some of my husband's items just to see if he noticed and/or missed anything...remember, I kept everything, just moved it out.)
     b.  Work with what is left and have fun creating looks.
     c.  Benefit: leaves room in your operating closet to see what you have.

3.  Move to another area of the house. 
     a.  Great advice from a friend. Quit messing with that closet. "Close the door." ~ Barb Gens
     b.  Opportunity to deal with a dresser/buffet for the first time in 5 years!

4.  Go outside
     a.  Walk around. Work on anything other than de-cluttering.

5.  Read a book.  
     a.  Or don't do anything at all!  Give yourself a break and relax.

So, it's best to remember what is YOUR goal.
Is it to:
Find things easily?
Be able to make a sandwich without having to clear counter space?
Spend less time moving your stuff around or cleaning it or dusting it or organizing it?
Freedom to do things you enjoy?  

Spend some time on this.  Visualize what you want your space to look like.  What you want your mornings to look like?  Evenings?  Find some images online. Print them out and hang them up.  You can do this!

Awesome Action (call to action):

1.  Go to your bathroom and purge 3 cosmetics you haven't used in 6 months. 

2.  Let me know how you are doing on your plight. Tell me about your struggles and victories.  We can learn from each other. Onward Ho!


P.S.  A great Bible verse.  Isaiah 49:9Come out, and to those in darkness, Be free!  NIV
  Come out!  I am giving you your freedom! LIV version


Amy Larson

Amy Larson is a coach, writer and speaker. Through challenges of her own she has become an advocate for living with freedom- free from home, mind, body and soul clutter. She is winning the battle with chronic Lyme Disease and is an encourager to all women who want more out of life. She helps women uncover lies that keep them stuck and entangled with practical, yet life-changing strategies.