The concept of “conscious living” has taken center stage in much of the health and wellness arena. From watching what you eat to being aware of the products you buy, being conscious is helping people everywhere feel better, while also hopefully improving the state of our planet’s health. Unfortunately, most of the “consciousness” that is being promoted is happening outside of the home, whether at yoga class or at the grocery store. And while this type of awareness is great, it’s just as powerful when utilized at home.
Or, more directly, in your home.
Being conscious about the state of your home is important for you and your family’s mental and physical well-being. What your home looks and feels like is often a direct reflection of your personal life. That’s why it’s so powerful to change your home. By doing so, you can directly impact how you feel.
For example, the simple act of organizing your home can be life-changing, and that’s not an exaggeration. Most people, after spending some time tidying and organizing, often say that they feel “lighter” or “more free.”
In Marie Kondo’s well-known book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, the author explains this phenomenon, saying quite simply that everything in your home should “give you joy.” By putting your hands on everything you own, she says, you can tangibly feel if you need it or not. So, when you let go of things you don’t need, the items that don’t bring you joy, you feel that sense of “lightness,” like you are no longer over-burdened, physically or mentally.
The beauty of Marie Kondo’s advice, which recommends you organize by category rather than room, is that it allows you to go consciously and mindfully through your home, asking the simple question, “Does this bring me joy?” For most of us, organization is a chore, a task that we procrastinate for weeks, sometimes months. And, the truth is, organization is horrible when you’re trying to find a place for everything in your home, even the things you don’t want or need (aka the “joyless” things). But, when you follow Kondo’s advice and first get rid of the things you don’t need in your home, organization actually becomes quite simple, even enjoyable.
When you take time to consciously organize your home, you are left with some amazing benefits. One of the best is that you feel happier when you are in your house. Rather than feeling overwhelmed or anxious (or like you need to constantly “be doing” something), you can actually spend time relaxing, doing the things that are really good for you (like reading a book, hosting friends, or preparing a meal).
To get started, go slow. Don’t try to do everything at once. Be mindful and conscious and learn to enjoy the process. The result, at the end of the day, is so worth it!