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  • Writer's pictureAngela Dragon

'Tis the season for decluttering!

Updated: Aug 18, 2022

Feeling overwhelmed by the chaos in your home and unsure where to start? Here are a few quick tips for getting over the overwhelm:

1. Imagine that your home is a peaceful, joyful space. Think of a cluttered room, or go sit in it. Notice how you feel. 😩 Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and imagine that you have a magic wand that makes clutter disappear. Use your wand to "poof" away each item. Notice how you feel. 😇 Take a few more deep breaths before slowly opening your eyes. Knowing how good it will feel once you've transformed your home can provide solid motivation for making it happen!

2. Begin with the end in mind. Write down a list of all the rooms and storage spaces in your home. Next to the room, list two columns. In the first column, write the current function of that space. In the next column, write the *ideal* function of the space. Perhaps you've always dreamed of a reading nook, or a yoga and meditation room. Maybe you long to reclaim one of your kids' rooms now that they're out of the house, or you want to liberate the catch-all room so you can host more out-of-town guests. Getting clear on the end goal is vital!

3. Express gratitude for gifts and other sentimental items. This is slightly "woo-woo" but many clients have loved it! Let's say you have a gift from someone but that gift really isn't your style, or doesn't serve any purpose in your life. You may feel some guilt about parting ways with a gift from a loved one. This is common, and here's my suggested solution: as you prepare to place the gift in a donation bag, give it a big, sincere hug, sending gratitude to the gift giver for their generosity, thoughtfulness, and kindness. Then lovingly donate the item so someone else can enjoy it.

Bonus tip: This also works for well-loved items that are no longer serving you, but this time you thank the *item* itself before donating it.

Give these a try and let me know what you think!

What I'm Learning:

I just graduated from the Kresser Institute's Functional Health Coach training program! It's been a loooonnnggg year and I'm grateful to have more free time again.

The 108 classmates in my cohort are from all over the world, but our desire to empower people to experience better health brought us together with a feeling of shared purpose.

If you've got a behavioral change goal related to your mental or physical health, such as changing your diet, exercising more, getting better sleep, or finding more social support, I'd be honored to help you! Book your Functional Health Coaching session today.

Please share with your loved ones who could use a little boost of support.

What I'm Listening to:

I recently returned from Grant Cardone's 10X Growth Conference, a business conference in Ft. Lauderdale that left me feeling inspired and extra motivated to pursue my goals! I've been obsessively listening to Grant's podcast, the Cardone Zone, and found this episode to be especially helpful: How to Set Your Goals to Ensure Success

What I'm Reading:

I'm almost done reading The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by esteemed relationship expert John Gottman and *absolutely* recommend it to everyone, whether you're currently in a relationship or not. His writing style is easy to read, and the book is packed with simple-yet-powerful activities that foster deeper connection.

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