Saturday, March 13, 2010

Out With the Negative

Do you ever feel weighed down?  Lately I've been feeling like that.

If you walk into my house you can say it's fairly clean (aside from Maddy's toys everywhere which get cleaned up when she's done- well, for the most part) but I mean when her toys are put away my house is fairly decent.

I have to give my husband 5 stars because when we first met he was (I think he still might be) OCD but now he's a little more understanding with kids and all.  Back then I couldn't leave anything anywhere that it didn't belong. The house was always immaculate.

My house is not immaculate anymore.  If you have kids you can understand, especially with elementary age kids, because they bring home so many papers every single day! Sheesh.  Maddy drags things around the house. We find dishes in the bathroom, the remote control in the kitchen, and more things every day where they don't belong. It's not that I don't watch my kid either.  I can be doing the dishes with my back turned and she's quick to put things where they don't belong. Haha!

So recently I've been feeling so....I don't know how to explain it...weighed down!  I look around the house and see clutter.  Unnecessary clutter.  Some clutter that just doesn't make me feel good.  De-cluttering is a constant thing you have to do. 

About 2 years ago I read this book called "Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui" by Karen Kingston.  It was an eye opener!

So I am going to share one chapter that pertains to this post.  I hope you can find it useful.

She talks about Feng Shui and symbology and two ways that symbology of the things in your home can affect you.   The first thing is your personal association with an item and the second has to do with the frequency you are receiving from that object.

A while back I still had the wedding pictures from my first marriage.  Every time I ran across them in the closet I would get sick to my stomach.  I realized the feeling it was giving me and eventually threw them away.  This is an example of what she speaks of. 

What objects do you have laying around in your home that prevent that positivity you need in your life?  What objects do you see everyday that make you sick when you look at them? 

Today I started my 15 day DDR challenge.  What's DDR?  Haha, I made that one up...declutter (straight to the dumpster with some things), donate and recycle.  I will see what needs to be dumped, what can be donated and what I can recycle (make something new with).

I started in my kitchen today because that's where I spend a lot of my time. It feels like I'm making food all day.

If you'd like to join me in this challenge I'd like to hear how it goes for you.  Let's bring that positivity into our homes! ;)



  1. Your DDR sounds like a great plan!

    I've never heard about looking at objects that way but sounds like a great way to declutter your life if they are giving off negative feelings. I will have to look at things that way. Thanks for sharing this great advice!

  2. I love this post!!!! I've been working on a post like this as well, taking pictures of all my clutter, haha. Sean likes to buy toys for the kids, which is sweet, but it makes me crazy because then I have to find a place for it all. Thanks for sharing that Myda!

  3. Thanks gals! It really does make a difference when you declutter. I've done it once before and it felt so good and cleared my mind. I feel that it has to be done every so often and then cut down on the purchasing of items that we don't "need".
    Crystal-I totally understand where you're coming from...except I was Sean. haha. One thing my mother in law said she used to do was put away toys that aren't played with often and do a cycle where every few months take those out and put away the recent toys so they feel that they're new again.

  4. Hi Myda,

    Your DDR challenge caught my eye as I was browsing through the latest posts on the internet about my books.

    You say you are planning to do this for 15 days, so I thought I'd give you a tip. It takes a complete moon cycle to change any entrenched habit, so for maximum effectiveness it would be best to run the cycle for an entire month. And the best time to begin it would be on the first day of a moon cycle. The next new moon is on April 14.

    Happy clutter clearing!


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