Welcome to your dose of SPACE!
Today we're talking about Purging items in your home or office and GYLIO (Getting Your Life in Order) by bundling your tasks.
"I want to get rid of stuff but I don't know how to separate the items!"
It depends on what you're trying to purge, but a good rule of thumb is a recommendation that comes straight from Marie Kondo: create a trash, keep, recycle, and donate area. As you go through each possession, decide what area it goes in. As Marie says, does it spark joy? For each item ask yourself if you use it, does it still work properly, do you enjoy it? Does it bring value to your life? Are you holding on to it for sentimental reasons? Why? Trust your instincts.
A great way to create these four separate areas is to label boxes, large trash bags, or any other handy receptacle so when you are finished everything is in one spot.
I like to give myself the time to do the actual purging, then allow time to take the trash and recycle items out, and donate pieces to a Goodwill-type store. You will feel so good to have them out of your space; it's a tangible change you'll be able to see and feel.
It's really important to set how much time you want to purge and keep to it. Get rid of distractions and set yourself up so you can concentrate. Know yourself. If you get distracted or tire easily, try this process for 10-20 minutes and see how you do. If this feels good, move on to 30-45 minute intervals, and so on! The longer you practice purging, it can become a soothing experience knowing what and why you have objects in your space.
GYLIO PRACTICES (Get Your Life In Order)
The theory of GYLIO is to set time to attend to your Life Admin. This helps with constant overwhelm and allows the opportunity for downtime that is guilt-free.
Life Admin is essentially all the errands, tasks, and to-do's that add up while you're trying to build a career, raise a family, get an education, etc!
Try sitting down every week to build your to-do list, then give yourself an hour during that week to check items off the list. Grouping your activities is helpful. For example, you can make phone calls, send emails, and balance your checking account from your home. Another week you may want to spend some time running errands like returning purchases, picking up groceries, or dropping off clothes to be laundered.
And make sure to add in self-care and pleasure activities in this exercise as well. One of the benefits of giving yourself this time is to create dedicated space for rest and relaxation.
You can find an article on GYLIO here.
The "Slow Movement" has gained in popularity in some circles as an alternative to our society which has advanced so quickly due to technology, bringing our lives into an unprecedented fast pace. Sometimes we don't feel like we have a moment to slow down. This week, take a moment to pause and reflect on one of your ideas. Churn it over in your mind like a daydream, use a journal, or record yourself talking. Relish in a fews moments to expand on the thought. Then, share it with a friend or in the comments!
As always, I'm here to help you purge that closet or set up a game-plan to GYLIO, task master style! Reach out to me for more information.