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Does Your Home Reflect Your Values?

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I believe your home should be a reflection of your deepest values. If you are stuck in a rut with clutter or disorganization, it might help to ask yourself the following questions:

1. Why do you want to live in a less cluttered environment?

2. What do you want to be able to do in your space?

3. How do you want your values and priorities to be reflected in your home?

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Once you define these goals and a create a clear vision of how you want your space to be, tackling the clutter will be exponentially easier.  Example: I was recently working with a busy mom of two young children. She was overwhelmed by the clutter that had overtaken every room in her home and felt paralyzed. When we met, she confessed that self-care was certainly one of her values, but not one that was currently reflected in her space. We decided to create a sanctuary just for her, a room free of clutter and toys, where she could relax, breathe, read a magazine.  That idea was so appealing to her, that when I came back, only a week later, she had already rearranged the room, purchased a lovely couch, and set up a basket full of books and magazines to enjoy. It only took a few hours for us to completely clear the room of clutter and transform it into a beautiful retreat.

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Try thinking about your own goals and values and ask yourself if they are represented in your home. If you love music, do you have a place to listen to it? Write it? Play it? If you value entertaining, do you have plenty of seating for guests? If you practice yoga, do you have a clear space to set up your mat?

What do you want to create space for?

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