15 minutes a day
the Curated California way
It’s an important part of your wellness to take time to be mindful of what you surround yourself with. And your dwelling space is a huge part of that. That is why at the beginning of every season purging the home to clear stagnant energy in as little as 15 minutes a day is the focus. This is where Spring Cleaning comes in.
-Let purging be a time of meditation-
-A time to let go of things that do not serve you anymore. It is amazing how holding on to things is holding on to the past. Let it go. Clear the space and energy in your home and your life.
-Choose quality over quantity- Instead of having a different purse for every day of the week, have one beautifully curated, high quality purse that will take you from work to weekend, day to night. Being mindful can help cut down the "stuff" factor tremendously.
-Incorporate things that hold sentimental significance but can also serve a purpose. For instance fill an heirloom hope chest with photos and memories. Or hang old paintings created by family members. But let these pieces serve a purpose, being thoughtful of how they are being used and where.
-Be mindful about each item you keep and why.
Here is our easy spring clean break down that can be done in as little as 15 minutes a day, over the course of several weeks, depending on how large your home is.
Set 15-30 minutes a day to work on this:
The key is to dedicate a little time daily for a couple weeks. 15 minutes is a good amount of time to commit daily unless it’s a weekend and you have more time. You don’t want it to be overwhelming. First thing in the morning is a good time. Energy levels are refueled after a good night of sleep and you are not too awake so you won’t overthink it either.
Create a good vibe + let this be a meditative experience:
Light a candle and turn on some good music. In those 15 minutes each day put yourself in a mental state to “let go” and clear space in your heart and your home. Let it go so you can go on. Clear a path to the newness. Stuff holds energy and can create stagnancy in your life. Let the energy cobwebs be gone.
Have on hand:
-Timer- we use our cell phone, set it for 15 minutes (or 30 if time permits)
-Notepad + pen- make notes for what items need to be replaced, or are needed as you go.
-Several heavy duty trash bags- it will be easier to let go of items if a trash bag is right next to you. When you get to larger areas of the home you can have trash bags dedicated to:
donating (we love Goodwill or Salvation Army)
sell (think Ebay, LetGo or Craigslist)
give away (to someone who would appreciate it)
Start in the kitchen. Things are not as sentimental in the kitchen and are usually a lot easier to purge. Begin in one area, something small, like a row of drawers. Once your timer is done, make note of where you left off so you can start in the next area the next day. It is a good idea to commit to this purge just as you would a cleanse. Think of it a cleanse for your home’s energy. So worth it. Repeat this process in each drawer, cupboard and closet in your home, room by room.
5. Keep in mind:
-If you get stuck on an item, just let that go (emotionally) too. You want to make split second decisions. Don’t agonize. If you can’t let it go this time, next time you purge you may be ready to let it go then. Another option is to set those items aside and revisit them later in the day. Sometimes you come back to them and realize you don’t need them.
-Also you can ask yourself as you go or if you get stuck on whether or not to keep an item.
Do I use this regularly?
Is it in good condition?
Why am I keeping this?
Do I need more than 1?
How can I simplify?
How can I create space?
What am I getting out of keeping this?
Keeping items does not bring anything back to you, in fact it actually weighs you down. Think about the cost of your emotional well-being instead of the cost of an item you do not use.
-Organize as you purge. Designate spaces for items and make the things you use frequently easy to get to. Group like items together in one place in your home.
-If it is broken, toss it.
-If it missing a piece, consider reordering the missing piece rather than getting a whole new one (for example, replacing a food processor bowl costs under $10 and can be ordered from the manufacturer. Good for the environment and your wallet)
6. After your time is up for the day:
-Put misplaced items in the space/room they belong.
-Take your trash out immediately.
-If you are selling items, make sure it is worth your time and money. Otherwise just donate them. No need to add more things to your to-do list unless it is worth it.
-If you have a donate pile, put it in the trunk of your car and take it to Goodwill at the end of the week, on the way home from work or arrange for a pick up at the end of the process (keep a pile of donate in a designated area of your home., like the garage or a spare bedroom.)
-If you have items you are giving to someone specifically, make a plan to give them to this person within the week, otherwise add them to the donate pile.
-Look over your notes for what might need to be replaced and make time to place an order for those things.
7. Check yourself:
-Take time to recognize how you feel emotionally, spiritually, physically. This is also a good time to smudge your home with sage or palo santo to further cleanse your space of unwanted energy.
-Be mindful of what you bring into your home from now on.
-Ask if you can reduce what you buy by reusing items you already have and may have rediscovered in this process.
- Feel good about donating. It gives someone the chance to reuse an item, shrinks your carbon foot print and you are being philanthropic.
-This process creates a lightness, openness, and freedom from letting go of things and helps you find items you forgot you had.
-Make a note in your calendar to repeat this process in the fall. You will be surprised at how much you expand in your heart and mind from creating space in your home. And how with each purge you are ready to let go of more and more.