How To Get Your Life Out of the Clutter

When life starts looking down, a quick way to get it back on track is to get it out of the clutter.

Clearing away the clutter in your HomeSpace is not a new concept, but it’s one that is a crucial starting point for opening up to new possibilities and positive change in your life. Think of it much the same way you would a diet. You need to remove the unhealthy foods and habits and bring in the healthy stuff. The difference with this version of spring cleaning is that you will consider it for your MindSpace, as well as your HomeSpace. Limiting beliefs and fears from your past clutter your MindSpace and hold you back from living your ultimate LifeVision.

Clutter in your HomeSpace is basically anything that you don’t use, don’t like or don’t have space for. It also includes any elements, objects or images that represent a negative memory from your past. I call these negative Anchors as they act as subconscious triggers to that past memory.

Storage units might seem like a viable option for all our extra stuff. The garage, attic or parent’s houses are places to put our stuff that won’t actually cost us a storage fee.

But the reality is it is costing us something; it’s filling up our homes and our lives with objects that link us to a very low vibe. In other words objects we don’t use, enjoy or love aren’t making us feel happier in our HomeSpace and aren’t helping us raise our vibe.

Most objects in your HomeSpace have meaning and provide an opportunity to connect you to a higher vibe. When you have a higher vibe in your home you are setting yourself up for success in your life. Even the juicer you use daily connects you to your Health/Wellbeing, so it’s contributing to your LifeVision. Similarly, your running shoes connect you to your LifeVision’s vibe by allowing you to exercise and feel healthy.

So approach getting rid of clutter by asking one simple question: Does this item help raise my vibe and help me connect to the life I really want to be living?

When every item in your HomeSpace has a positive “vibe value” to you then you are living in a HomeSpace that features only things you use, love and enjoy. The result comes when you consider what you will keep versus what you will throw away. That simple choice changes your perspective.

So let me ask a few simple questions:

  • Take a look around your HomeSpace. Does it feel clean and uncluttered to you? Ask yourself, if this space was your MindSpace how would it function? How would it feel?
  • Do you (like most of us) think you have too much stuff in your HomeSpace?
  • Would living in a clean tidy environment help you feel better about your home? About your life?
  • When you imagine living your ultimate life experience do you see yourself living in a beautiful, clean, clutter-free home?
  • Are you willing to commit to de-cluttering your HomeSpace, featuring only the things you use, enjoy and love in it? Really?

I added “Really?” after the last question because many of us have attachments to our stuff and create excuses around why we can’t keep our HomeSpace in order.

Give some thought to these questions and then let us know what you plan to do to get your life out of the clutter.

Why your home is holding you in the past

When you put your home together, you create an environment that is based on what is going on for you at that particular point of time in your life. The things that you chose to include in your home continue to influence you on a subconscious level today. For example, if you bought a particular item when you were struggling financially that item is subconsciously connecting you back to that time, making it a negative anchor which needs to be removed.

When you fill your home with the best of your past and the things you aspire for the future it becomes future focused, helping you move forward to what you want, versus holing you back in the past.

How To Create a Better Sounding Home

Whether you are in your HomeSpace, your car or running around with your headphones on, music can add an incredible layer and really help lift your mood and your vibe, whatever you are doing.

Think about a movie that you love. The soundtrack adds an incredible layer that pulls at your heartstrings or gets you excited. After directing a film and several television commercials I realize how important music is behind the visual imagery. It’s the same with your own life.

When you create a playlist consider what its purpose will be and title it accordingly. Here are some examples of my playlists:

  • Sunday Morning—Jazz mix and acoustic guitar for an easy start to my Sunday.
  • Cardio Combo—When I need to exercise my favorite upbeat tracks helps get me going. When in doubt go for Disco!
  • Atmosphere—When I need to work a mix of easy listening tracks with and without vocals helps motivate me without distracting me.
  • Cocktail Hour—Sunset drinks in the afternoon to get the party going. I like to add some Latin tracks to this mix.
  • Dinner Mix—Cool classics like Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra also some Miles Davis jazz.

Okay, so you may not like my personal music taste but you get the idea. The soundtrack titles speak for themselves and when you put the mix on, shuffling the music offers up a different song order.

The goal with a playlist is to have a consistent tone and level to the music so you keep the mood and vibe going. I’m always amazed when I go to a dinner party and there is no music playing in the background. Slight changes in the music’s pace and tone are fine, but when there is a dramatic difference between tracks (for example, a Hip Hop track in your Relaxation mix or a Classical track in your Party mix) it will disrupt the moment and break your connection to that experience. It’s worth taking the time to craft consistent themed playlists that offer a perfect background layer to any occasion.

Think of your life as a series of scenes in a movie and you get to choose the soundtrack for it. Make sure your playlist is long enough to last for the entire occasion.

Did this spark any ideas for playlists you want to create? Have any that you already love and use? Share your experience and ideas in the comments below!

How your kitchen can improve your finances

Using touch point anchors in your kitchen is a simple way to connect you to the financial abundance you desire. Your home should represent where you’ve been and where you want to go, which means getting rid of any old, ripped dish clothes, paper napkins, chipped glass wear and replacing it with higher quality products.

By doing this you acknowledge that you deserve these things, and ultimately you deserve a high quality life.

9 Scents For The Home That Make Perfect Sense

When it comes to adding scents to your HomeSpace your focus shouldn’t be covering up an unpleasant odor but rather adding a stimulating layer that allows you to heighten your HomeSpace experience.

If your house smells funky for whatever reason, find a solution to cleanse the smell rather than masking it. There are many solutions today for sorting out odors in your home so, just as you have cleared out your clutter, you need to eliminate any unpleasant smells.

Here in this post, I suggest various scents that work in certain rooms to help give you some ideas.

Your sense of smell is personal and what you find appealing may not please someone else. When you are choosing a fragrance for your HomeSpace consider what you want to Anchor in with that fragrance. For example, consider if your goal is to relax, get motivated, or bring up a positive past memory.

9 Scents to Try:

  • Soft fragrances for company: People tend to like what is familiar, so when you are having a group of people over go for familiar softer fragrances like vanilla, lavender or maybe sandalwood and cedar pine. These will relax the crowd, set the mood and promote conversation.
  • To stimulate and motivate: Try cinnamon, eucalyptus, peppermint, pine or a citrus fragrance like lemon.
  • For a calming fragrance: To help you relax and be refreshed try lavender, lemongrass, jasmine, vanilla or a berry or floral scent.
  • For sleep and relaxation: When guests are staying over or you have just changed your sheets, add a few drops of lavender oil onto the pillow. It’s a special touch that smells wonderful and helps you sleep.
  • For constant fragrance: Potpourri is a good option if you like a more constant fragrance in your HomeSpace, and it also allows you to blend fragrances. You could create a sweet and spicy blend for the kitchen or an evergreen and lemon blend for the bathroom. A floral or citrus blend could work great for the living room or bedroom. “Try before you buy.” Make a point of going to a local department store or supplier in your area where you can sample some blends that may be right for you.
  • Another constant fragrance option: Fragrance sticks come in beautiful bottles and last for a long time. Both potpourri and fragrance sticks are a great option to have near the front entry area of your home, in your kitchen area or in a bathroom. It’s wonderful to come home to a fresh-smelling HomeSpace.
  • Incense sticks and sage smudge sticks are a very personal taste. Many people find them too strong and overpowering. Personally, I don’t mind some of the scents but I find burning incense a bit messy, so I opt for oils, candles or fragrant sticks.
  • Natural Scents: Consider natural options in your home like fresh-cut flowers, fragrant potted plants. Take a trip to your local nursery or plant district to same some scents and see what you personally like.
  • Also consider brewing scented tea which are a great Stimulate The Senses Anchor for relaxing. I personally love the smell of ginger tea.

What are some of the scents you love to use in your home and why? Let me know in the comments below.

How to Taste Your Way to Success

When it comes to your home the only thing better than cooking an amazing meal is actually eating it. Taste is a powerful Stimulate the Senses Anchor and you can work with taste to bring back delightful memories and to inspire new ones.

Some of the most wonderful nights I’ve shared with friends and family have been at home enjoying a dinner party. The whole dining experience is heightened as you savor the tastes of a beautiful meal. Every time I eat a roasted lamb or chicken I think of my Mum’s cooking and remember how much I loved Friday night family dinner. The taste of my morning coffee reminds me of Australia and my friends there.

Amazing flavors and foods bring back powerful memories and these days recipes are easy to follow. Get some basic cookbooks and start cooking! I love ones by Jamie Oliver, Bill Granger and Donna Hay.

You may be thinking, “I don’t know how to cook.” My advice is to learn to cook four things well. Simple, easy dishes that you can change a bit depending on the season and complement with a delicious fresh salad or vegetable side dishes to add flavor and color to the table.

Go for the basics, like a great pasta dish, scallops or a clean white fish fillet, a meat dish like steak or a roast. Keep it simple and healthy and test the recipes out before you have a dinner party.

If you know someone who loves to cook then invite them over to your place and cook something together. Cooking is a hands-on experience best learnt while “on the job.” My favorite things to cook are a roast with a vegetable salad, grilled scallops, sweet corn fritters and grilled steak. Simple, delicious meals that are easy to prep.

 

WHAT TO DO IF YOU DON’T LIKE COOKING

If you really don’t enjoy cooking or have people coming over and there’s no time after work to prep, ordering some take-out and serving the food on nice plates will suffice. Another idea is to invite a group of friends for a meal and ask each person or each couple to bring a dish. One person brings a cheese plate, olives and dips, another brings an appetizer, someone else a main dish and another a dessert. It’s a great way to share the responsibilities and create great conversation.

Wine with a meal definitely adds to a dining experience. If you don’t know much about wine, go online to see which wine is recommended to complement your meal or ask your local wine store for suggestions. Once you decide what you like, keep a few bottles on hand for the next dinner party.

For those of you trying to ease into the concept of entertaining in your HomeSpace, invite guests over for drinks before heading out to a local restaurant. Setting out some dips and olives with a nice wine is simple; just make sure to use nice plates and bowls to serve the dips and olives—not the containers they come in. The extra effort will make a difference.

I admit eating out is easier, but it doesn’t allow you to get the most out of your HomeSpace. Your HomeSpace is the best place for you to enjoy intimate quality time with your friends and family in an environment you can control.

 

SETTING UP YOUR KITCHEN FOR GREAT TASTE

On a general note, your kitchen should be stocked with healthy food options and fresh produce whenever possible. Train your palate to appreciate fresh food by bringing it into your HomeSpace. Have healthy, great tasting snacks available to avoid snacking on junk food.

Remember that your kitchen is the place to Anchor to your Health/Wellbeing and you don’t have to sacrifice great taste to be healthy. That said, if you feel like a sweet treat have some healthy options like fruit, coconut ice cream, dried mango and dark chocolate available.

What tastes are you looking forward to making Anchors for your home? Let me know in the comments below.