3 Lessons I Learned From the Lifestyle Cleanse & What's Next for EO Edits
At the start of March I embarked on a decluttering journey that I dubbed, a Lifestyle Cleanse. With the release of the coordinating workbook I tackled several categories of my life including digital, beauty, style, home, sentimental items, & miscellaneous. Nothing has been left untouched! With a clear action plan, I went through each room, drawer, and box. My basement has become my sorting area and currently holds piles and piles of stuff that i'll give away, throw out, donate, or sell.
I'll admit It's not the first time I've decluttered. In fact, I make a habit of declutting areas of my life every 3-6 months. So as a self-proclaimed, practiced veteran to decluttering, what did I learn?
THE WORKBOOK HELPED MORE THAN I THOUGHT IT WOULD
I want to let you in on a little secret. I only design inserts that I will actually use. If I can't see myself using a design, why would I go through the trouble and spend my time creating it? So you can rest assured, that I am right there with you using all of the designs I come out with. In saying that, before the launch of The Lifestyle Cleanse workbook, I had never had checklists to keep me on track while I decluttered. Because of this, I feel like this cleanse was so much more organized and thorough. I would highly recommend having the workbook or something like it to keep you on track.It can be so easy to finish tackling a job with the intention to move onto other areas of your home only to lose motivation, feel drained, or get busy with something else going on in your life. Everytime I looked at the workbook it was that little reminder I needed to keep pushing forward.
That's another lesson: decluttering is exhausting. More than once, I posted on IG stories that I was drained after completing a cleanse. Not only is it physically demanding but mentally too. You have to constantly make difficult decisions about items. You have to talk your way through a lot of things and fight the urge to go out and buy more once you see how much space you're creating. I can almost guarantee you'll reach a point of frustration as you declutter your belongings. It's a big job and a very demanding process that involves a bit of soul searching along the way. You'll have a-ha moments that make you feel lighter and clearer, and next you'll be ugly crying from exhaustion and feel completely lost. My advice is to always have music playing, keep the mood light, have snacks and drinks nearby, and carve out a few hours to get the job done. If it all gets too much, step away for a few hours and come back to it. You never know how easy or difficult a task will be until you start.
That being said, a huge motivator was this community and the accountability I felt to all of you. So if you can, have a friend or loved one that you can check in with often and will listen to you and encourage you throughout this whole process.
MY STYLE BECAME CRYSTAL CLEAR
I'd love to say I'm done decluttering, but deep down I know that's not true. It will be an ongoing process. This made me realize that declutting is about your mindset, not about getting rid of everything in your life or purging your possessions down to a certain number of items. That's not realistic. As I tackled each topic, It became clear that decluttering is about really understanding who you are, how you live, and what you love. I noticed over and over again that I was keeping or getting rid of certain things for the same reasons.Likely due to the work I'd put in using The Lifestyle Designer workbook, I was clearer on my vision this time around than any declutter I've done in the past. For me, I'm finding that I'm more mindful when I shop, and am way more protective and picky about what I bring into my house. That, in itself, is progress I think.
What's important to me:
Natural, raw materials & textures