How to instantly upgrade your closet on a budget

When you imagine yourself living the indulgent high quality life that you want to be living, what does your closet look like? How are your clothes displayed? What hangers are you using?

Hangers are a great example of touch point anchors that you can use to easily upgrade your wardrobe, connecting you to a high quality product experience.

The 10 Rules of Decluttering

Clutter in your HomeSpace is basically anything that you don’t use, don’t like or don’t have space for. When people face off with their clutter, they often lose. I’ve found that adhering to some clear rules helps. When you change your approach to de-cluttering with these rules, it is a complete game-changer. And if you do this part of the process thoroughly you will not need to do it again. Simple!

Here are the 10 rules that will help you conquer clutter once and for all:

    1. Start your de-clutter day early in the morning as you take on each room. Allow one day to de-clutter each room.
    2. Before you start, take a moment to create a comfortable vibe: light a scented candle, put on your favorite music (not too loud) or fix a comforting cup of coffee or tea. Set aside the time needed to work through this process without being interrupted by your job, friends or family.
    3. De-cluttering your HomeSpace by categories specific to the various rooms. For example in the bedroom, you would sort categories into clothes, books and bedding. In the kitchen you would sort electrical appliances, cleaning products, utensils and food products. Specific categories for each room may need adjusting if, for example, you keep vitamins and medical supplies in the kitchen as opposed to the bathroom. Just make sure every category is addressed.
    4. Gather all items in that category from other areas in your HomeSpace before you start to sort. This includes the attic, basement and storage. For example, people often keep items like clothes stored in the bedroom as well as the garage, basement and attic. Getting them all together in one place makes it easier to see exactly what you have and what needs to be edited.
    5. Lay out all items from that category on a flat surface, such as the floor, bed or counter. For categories where there are a lot of items create sub-categories. Clothing can be divided into shirts, t-shirts, casual pants, dress pants, shoes, bags, etc. Work through one sub-category at a time.
    6. Deal with each room and the categories belonging in that room in one go. You may think it’s a lot, and for some people it will be. This only works if you tackle it in large chunks, so as we say in Australia, “Go for Gold!”
    7. Take time to think if the item you are deciding to keep has vibe value. As you sort through the items in each category ask yourself, “Does this item help raise my vibe?” In other words, does it have ‘vibe value’ and is it an item I use, love or need. Remember the items in your home are there to make you feel good and help you connect with the vibe or feeling of the life you really want to be living.

 

  1. Consider what you will keep rather than what you will discard. Going through this process in a peaceful environment will allow you to connect with your intuition and help you gauge whether the item is serving you and your future LifeVision. The goal is to have fewer, more meaningful things.
  2. Have garbage bags on hand and get ready to discard. Be tough with yourself, folks. If you haven’t worn that piece of clothing you bought a year ago or haven’t read the book you bought two years ago, chances are you won’t wear it and you won’t read it. It’s time to let it go. Remember, keep only the items you really feel connected to, use daily or need (like a passport). You will be amazed at how much stuff you discard.
  3. Donate, recycle or trash the items you are discarding. Research where your local donation charity is. Keep in mind that many places offer a tax deduction on items like furnishing and clothes. Save any items you believe you need to store until the end so you can go back and review the items again. I find that once I get on a roll it becomes easier and incredibly satisfying to let things go.

If you have trouble deciding on a particular item, imagine you are moving overseas to live and you can only take the things you really love, just a small amount of what you have now in your home. That’s what I had to do when I moved to the U.S. in 1999, and though it was tough, it forced me to consider what I really needed to keep. This exercise will help you to decide what’s really important to you. Even though you are not moving overseas, you are moving into a new chapter of your life. Remember, when it doubt throw it out (that is donate, recycle or trash it). Honestly, the result is worth it.

DO NOT start putting things away until you have gone through all the items in each category you have brought together to sort.

For many people de-cluttering will have an incredible effect on the way they see their HomeSpace and their life straight away. You will be amazed at how much stuff comes out of your HomeSpace. Losing large amounts of clutter is like when people on television lose a huge amount of weight. The results are often life changing.

5 Ways to Enhance Your Bedroom Experience

Using touch point anchors in the bedroom can be a great way to enhance your bedroom experience. Just by making a few simple upgrades to your bedding, towels and even toilet paper can help to put you on the path to a better life.

How Your Home Can Help Your Finances

When you are furnishing or updating your HomeSpace it’s fine to buy the pieces on sale or with a budget in mind. But if you want your home to help your finances, it’s crucial to mix in a few key pieces that are more valuable to you. You can make such pieces Object of Abundance Anchors.

I don’t mean something that costs ten times as much as everything else (although Object of Abundance Anchors often have more financial value). It’s really the story, the experience and the feeling associated with that item that create the “value” of it.

Objects with a higher value to you than other things in the room represent your Finance/Lifestyle goals.

When you establish an Object of Abundance Anchor you are declaring that you are deserving of financial abundance.

See Your Home Through A Different Lens

Look specifically at your living room, your bedroom and your home office, if you have one. Look at the objects in each space and check out their level of value. Everyday items bought on a budget to fill a room offer a very low, uninspiring vibe to you and your guests. Walking through a beautiful home with personal touches and objects of value is a very different experience than walking through a cheap furniture showroom with generic decorations and furnishings on display.

Ask yourself what object in each room in your HomeSpace is aspirational in terms of representing a higher level of financial abundance and lifestyle for you. There may be an object with that sort of significance that you didn’t previously consider as an Object of Abundance Anchor. If you can’t identify anything like that in your home then you should consider acquiring some higher value objects.

An Object of Abundance Anchor indicates what you expect your level of Finance/Lifestyle to be. You don’t have to blow the budget here. It’s your intention that you place on this Anchor that counts. My first Object of Abundance in my small studio was a beautiful $60 scented candle from Paris.

I love the idea of utilizing something with an inspiring color, a beautiful light fixture or lamp as an Object of Abundance. Objects such as lamps serve a dual purpose by offering a soft, flattering light while being aesthetically pleasing. A beautiful cashmere throw can add color, warmth and texture to your couch, achieving multiple objectives at once. Anchors can often fill multiple purposes using the five-step Design Your Home for Success process.

Objects of Abundance Anchors are great to connect you to

  • Career/Passion
  • Finance/Lifestyle

Over the years my Object of Abundance Anchors have become more valuable as my Finance/Lifestyle improved, and now they are in every room of my HomeSpace. I see these as investments that remind me constantly of the financial path I’m on and the lifestyle I want to be experiencing. Whenever I connect to an Object of Abundance Anchor I imagine feeling total financial freedom and the dream that all the objects in my home are Object of Abundance Anchors.

Can you identify any items in your home you can use as an Object of Abundance Anchor? Is there one you’d like to acquire? Share your thoughts in the comments below. Cheers!

3 Ways Your Home Can Help You Travel The World

The items you choose to fill your home with can connect you to the places you’ve been and the places you want to visit. These items are called Dream Destination Anchors and these anchors can help to connect you to these places you want to see or re-visit.

Get a 5 Star Hotel Experience Without Leaving Your Home

What if I told you changing your toilet paper will change your life?

There is a reason high-end hotels use quality items that feel amazing to touch and use. I call these Touch Point Anchors and you can live the 5-star hotel experience at home when you bring these Anchors into your home.

The whole idea behind Touch Point Anchors is they are intended to connect you to the higher quality life experience that you really deserve. Why does drinking a good red wine seem even better poured into a beautiful wine glass as opposed to a plastic cup?

The answer is simple. The look and feel (or Touch Point) of the glass heightens the experience (and heightens your vibe as a result) and subconsciously adds more value to the wine-drinking experience.

 

WHY TOUCH POINTS MATTER

A Touch Point is similar to meeting someone for the first time and getting a limp, soft handshake. That Touch Point has a real impact on your impression of that person and the initial vibe you get from him or her. If you visit someone’s house and you notice rough, worn towels; cheap toilet paper; a hard, thin mattress on the guest bed and the lovely wine you brought is served in a plastic cup, how would you feel about that person and the experience?

These are all examples of Touch Points. The Design Your Home for Success process will clarify the difference between a positive Touch Point Anchor and a negative one. With a few small changes, you can integrate the feeling of a higher quality product and experience and use positive Touch Points to your advantage.

If you have ever driven a luxury car, you probably remember what the steering wheel felt like, how the car responded and the comfort of custom seats. What you are responding to is the design, material, texture and feeling of a higher end product experience.

Imagine this: If you were financially able to afford the ultimate range of home products, how would they look and feel? And how much more financially successful, confident and attractive would you feel using them?

Top athletes use the very best equipment because of its performance, but there is also psychology behind wanting the best tools to enable the best performance. Whether you are aware of it or not, the feeling of products, materials and objects actually makes you feel different.

Before your inner voice whispers that you can’t afford high-quality products, consider outlets, annual sales and online opportunities where you can buy a higher end product and spend virtually the same amount of money as what a cheaper item might cost.

Another benefit of using higher end products is it makes you want to take care of them. Remember that you don’t need to do this all at once. Replace the oldest, cheapest products first. Like I mentioned earlier, you can start with small changes that will work within your budget.

Share in the comments below where you plan to begin changing the Touch Points in your home. I look forward to hearing your ideas!