Clean Out, Clear Up, Pare Down, Declutter And Simplify Resources Page

Thanks for being a part of our first-ever Simply Challenge this week. In case you missed any of the lessons, here is a recap of each one, followed by a recording of that day's Facebook livestream.

 
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Simplify Workshop Assignments - September 4 - 8

 

DAY 1 ASSIGNMENT:

  • Take out a pen and a lovely notebook or piece of paper that makes you feel good. There is something powerful about putting pen to paper with your hand.

  • Close your eyes and take a cleansing breath. Ask your Inner Knowing what are the 5 to 6 most significant things you want or need to do THIS WEEK? You do NOT have to write them down, but you can if it feels helpful.

  • Open your eyes and with the week's priorities in your mind, make a list of six things you will do TOMORROW. Just one caveat: One of your daily items should be something that supports your personal mental, physical, or spiritual well-being. This is not indulgence - THIS IS WHAT WILL GIVE YOU THE CLARITY AND ENERGY TO ACCOMPLISH EVERYTHING ELSE! 

  • Assign a priority to each of your items and label them 1 to 6. (If there is something already scheduled for the next day, such as a dental appointment or a haircut, list it as one of the six items and give it a priority.) 

  • When you start your day tomorrow, start on priority number one and give that one task your full attention until it is done. NO MULTITASKING. 

  • At the end of the day, remove the completed items from the priority list and make a new six-item list including anything you did not finish and/or anything new you'd like to accomplish. The important thing is to check in with yourself each time before making your list, to ensure that your weekly and daily priorities are still in line with your Wisdom.

 

DAY TWO ASSIGNMENT:

  • Start by sitting quietly in your work or living space with your eyes closed. Take a few deep, cleansing breaths and take a moment to send gratitude to the Universe for providing you with a space to live or work. 
  • With your eyes still closed, take a mental tour of your space. As you do, ask your wise inner self to guide you to the area that is MOST irritating, annoying, or stress-provoking. 
  • Pick ONE of these spaces on which to concentrate today. 
  • Get three containers into which to sort clutter. This can be three garbage bags, three boxes, etc.
  • Set a timer for 30 minutes. Put on some motivational music, if it helps.
  • Pick a place to start. Moving in a clockwise direction through the space (or drawer, or closet), begin sorting ONE ITEM AT A TIME into a donation bag, a garbage bag, or a ‘move-to-another-location’ bag. DO NOT spend time lingering over each item.
  • When 30 minutes are up, take a 5-minute break, decide if you need to replace any of your bags, and get back to it for another 30 minutes.
  • Continuing to work in 30-minute bursts, keep moving through the space until you have either finished or run out of time. IMMEDIATELY take your garbage bag to the garbage and your donation bag to the car. Add “Drop off donations” to tomorrow’s to-do list. 
  • Within the newly-cleared space, begin sorting like items with others of their kind or into whatever kind of order "makes sense" to you.
  • Finally, take a few moments to clean the area
  • Above all, stay present through the process, resist the urge to think about everything else, send gratitude for the use of items you are ready to part with, and feel the energy of making space for new things - including opportunities, ideas, and perspectives - to come into your life.
 

DAY 3 ASSIGNMENT

TRACK ONE (15 minutes)

  • As always, start with a few moments of quiet meditation. 
  • Go get your wallet or purse, wherever you keep your cash, receipts, “frequent buyer” punch cards, credit cards, bank cards, etc.
  • Clear a space, light a candle, pour yourself a kombucha (or a glass of wine)...whatever will make this little task more pleasant. : )
  • Now, empty the contents onto a table in front of you. 
  • Following on the heels of yesterday’s space-clearing assignment, begin sorting the items according to whether they are trash, current, or meant for another location.
  • Replace the items from the current pile in your purse or wallet. Throw away the trash and redistribute the removed items. 

TRACK TWO (up to 2 hours)

  • Gather your bank statements, credit card statements, retirement fund statements, and any other paperwork reflecting how much money you have and how much you owe. 
  • With the statements in front of your or online, get out your calculator and add up your debts. Do the same with your assets. Write down both numbers. That’s your financial life, boiled down to its essence. You can’t get simpler than that!
  • With these numbers in mind, quietly meditate on that fact that these symbols and the things they represent have no power to define you or your value, either positively or negatively. 
  • If you find yourself wishing to change either one or both of these numbers, simply make a mental note of that desire. See if it’s still there tomorrow. Follow it if you want to.
 

DAY FOUR ASSIGNMENT:

  • Open your notebook to a clean spread. On the left hand page, at the top, write “Meals for the week”. On the left hand page, write “Groceries”
  • On the left hand page, make a list of the next 5 to 7 days (depending on how often you want to do this process). i.e. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, etc., leaving a few blank lines under each day.
  • Now, using a favorite cookbook, a recipe site like AllRecipes.com, or simply your own memory of meals you enjoy, decide - right now - what’s for dinner each night for the next 5 to 7 days. At this point, you can list only the entrees, and they don’t need to be fancy: Roast chicken from the deli (or chicken to cook at home), roast beef sandwiches, tuna salad (deli or homemade), vegetarian chili, etc.
  • Once you have an entree listed for each day, go back and plug in a veggie, fruit, and/or starch (your preference) to go with each one. Keep in mind that we are all supposed to be consuming 9 to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. If you or your kids don’t like most vegetables, remember that they don’t have to be cooked. (Flip through magazines, look online, or think about restaurant menus to come up with side items.)
  • Now that you have dinners all laid out for the week, turn to the right hand page and, beginning with Monday’s planned entree, start listing the items you’ll need to pick up to prepare this item. Be sure to add the items you’ve written down to accompany this entree, as well as what you like ot eat for breakfast and lunch.
  • When you are done, you should have a comprehensive plan of well-balanced and appealing meals for the week and a complete list of the groceries you will need to prepare them.
  • Now you have two options: Go and get your groceries, using your list. (Some people recommend organizing the groceries on your list into categories to save time in the store) OR (drum roll please) You can GO FURTHER and sign up for online grocery ordering at your grocery store’s website.
 

TODAY'S ASSIGNMENT: (10 - 20 minutes)

  • Slip on a comfortable pair of shoes you can walk in. If it's chilly, grab a jacket. You're going outside.
  • Go to the nearest outdoor space where you can safely walk for a few minutes. Ideally, this will be right outside your door, at home or work.
  • Put your phone on airplane mode and set a timer for 15 minutes
  • Close your eyes and take a few deep, cleansing breaths. Stretch your arms over your head.
  • Roll your head from side to side, then back and forth.
  • Now walk for the remainder of your time, at a comfortable pace. Try not to think about anything in particular as you do this. Instead, take time to notice any natural elements around you.
  • When you get back, go about your day as usual. Notice how you feel for the remainder of the day. Many people are surprised by a surge of energy and/or a calm feeling that may last from a few minutes to several hours. Pretty amazing, huh?
 

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