It’s February here in the Northern Hemisphere, and as the mid-winter days grow longer, we are beginning to hear the harbingers of spring…
Birdsong. Reports of groundhogs seeing their shadows – or not. If you visit or live in the countryside, you may even hear the bleating of newborn lambs. On the ancient Pagan calendar, lambing season corresponds with Imbolc celebrations in Ireland, marking early spring’s arrival. In that particular Old Country, one may pay homage to Brigid, Celtic Goddess of the Hearth, or to the Christian Saint Brigid; or one may simply pay tribute to the spirit of home fires and new life.
Regardless of your traditions, nationality, or the home in which you live, know this:
Even in these cold, grey days of February, this is the season of the sun’s returning. Right here, right now, it’s time to invite new beginnings.
It’s the perfect time to clean house!
Here are THREE home transformation processes for igniting your passion and inviting the next and greater version of Your Life:
1. IN YOUR HOME, RELEASE ITEMS THAT NO LONGER SERVE YOU. In her classic book, Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui, UK author Karen Kingston defines clutter very simply as:
- Things you do not use or love
- Things that are untidy and disorganized
- Too many things in too small a space
- Anything unfinished
I love the last point, and it’s easy to miss. To what extent are you weighed down by unfinished business? Winter is a great time to take inventory. “Things not dealt with in your home reflect issues not dealt with in your life, and they are a constant drain on your energy,” writes Kingston. Identify anything that currently drains you, and trade it for that which gives you joy and value.
Once upon a time, did you eagerly begin any projects, only to leave them incomplete? Are you living with physical evidence of old, unrealized hopes and dreams? And yes, that includes things packed away in closets, drawers, and cupboards.
In the Transformational Life Coaching work I do, my clients and I use the expression, “Hold your dream with an open palm. Ask for this, or something greater still.” Sometimes, we’re meant to follow one dream simply to be taken to a higher place where we can see still more possibilities.
Welcome a fresh, new FLOW of creative energy by identifying evidence of unfinished business in your home and life, and make a decision to do one of two things:
A. Commit to completing the project. Make a plan, set goals, and make a heartfelt pledge to follow through on your calendar and in your actions. Set due dates for each phase of project completion. Find an accountability partner to ensure you stay on target. If you’d love to accelerate your process with professional coaching support, contact me to inquire.
B. Lovingly release the project. Recognize that in the past, on some level, working on it served you. Take time to reflect on how you grew through the process, and any other gifts it brought your way. Trust that in releasing something which no longer serves, you are actually making space for something new, expansive, and wonderful to enter your life.
Ask the question, “What would I Love?” Let go of all that’s not coherent with your answer.
2. CREATE A CLEAR AND SPECIFIC VISION OF WHAT YOU WOULD LOVE. In her book, The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, author Marie Kondo advises the following: “Before you start, visualize your destination.” She urges, “What do you hope to gain through tidying?”
Kondo’s instructions are specific, and her approach to decluttering is fresh and very popular. I personally have found her decluttering processes powerful.
Kondo encourages the creative seeker to “visualize the ideal lifestyle you dream of. If you skip this step, not only will it delay the whole process, but it will also put you at higher risk for rebound…” This founder of the KonMari Method emphasizes, “Think in concrete terms so that you can vividly picture what it would be like to live in a clutter-free space.”
If you are someone who finds releasing old objects from the past difficult, or if you’re confused and don’t know where to start, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up may be the perfect book for you.
3. SET YOUR INTENTIONS AS YOU RE-SET THE OBJECTS IN YOUR SPACE. Assign symbolic meaning to items you love, and place them purposefully around your home. A highly inspirational practitioner and writer on this topic is Denise Linn. Many years ago, reading her book, Sacred Space: Clearing and Enhancing the Energy of Your Home, changed my life. If you understand the adage, “Energy flows where attention goes,” you will appreciate Denise Linn and her many gifts. She incorporates Native American traditions (including those of her Cherokee ancestors) with space clearing and organizing practices from various cultures around the globe. I also recommend Linn’s book, Feng Shui for the Soul.
My husband Hugh took the picture of the lamb on this post, a detail once carefully set into a Toronto apartment block.
For the soul.
Photo credit: Hugh McBride