CBC (before Covid19) I had lunch with a friend who is an image consultant and she was telling me how one of the services she provides her clients is a Closet Audit. In a nutshell, a closet audit is when she helps a client really look at her closet contents and decide what to keep and what to get rid of. They completely empty the closet and then go through each item to decide what will go back in. Does it fit, is it nice, does it compliment who she is…etc. As we sat at lunch talking, I kept coming back to this idea. Hmmm, I’ve read about doing this many times before, and I AM pretty good at going through my things regularly and getting rid of what no longer fits me etc… but to take EVERYTHING out and really decide what stays and goes??? Intriguing!
That got me thinking, you’ve heard me say it before, your closet has a direct correlation to your subconscious…You know what… I AM READY.. I am ready to purge. Get rid of all that is in there that no longer has a right to be in there. Lately, I feel like life is getting a little out of my control and one quick way for me to feel back in control is by getting my most used space in order. So you know what, I am going to going to AUDIT.. wait for it… wait for it… My PANTRY!!!!
How about that for ambition. I am going to kick start my spring cleaning this week with this huge purge. I am going to truly audit and be aggressive. Once it’s out, it better be darn good before I allow it back in. Can you imagine doing that on more than just your closet? Really intentionally deciding what should fit into YOUR LIFE?
First thing I did this morning was start taking everything out of my pantry. I hadn’t even finished the breakfast and things were flying around like crazy. So what did I learn? Surprisingly, I came up with a few observations.L NOT ONLY ABOUT MY PANTRY BUT ABOUT MY LIFE!
1. OVERSTOCK!!! How do we always end up with so much? I mean seriously…how many containers of oats should a girl have? or bread crumbs?💡 When we don’t take stock of what we have, we don’t know what we can use…we don’t realize we already have all that we need. 💕Gratitude!!!💕
2. OUTDATED!!!! How many items do we have that have run their time and have expired? I found spices in my pantry that expired in the late 90’s!!! Yikes… maybe that’s why my cooking isn’t the best???!!! ha When we try to use things that are outdated it not only affects the flavor, but many times the whole recipe is ruined. 💡 Do you still hold on to things that no longer add good flavor to your life? Can you finally recycle and get rid of some of the things in your life that you no longer should be using? 💕release💕
3. OFF LIMITS!!! By restructuring the pantry I was able to put things that are “off” my food choice list in a special section. This has helped me with my choices when I open up the pantry door. Now my healthy snacks and good-for-me foods are on the shelf that is eye level, and the snacks and granola bars are on the bottom shelf. 💡 It makes it easier for me to make good choices when i am intentionally organized. What is off-limits in your life that you still keep around? Time to make better choices! 💞
When we take time to truly clean out all that has seeped into our lives that no longer belongs there, it truly does have an energetic and life giving feel. Why do we allow so much chaos and clutter into our “soul pantry”? This season is the season of rebirth and celebration. 🦋 Why not challenge yourself to truly take stock of what you are filled with…
Are there certain things that you are OVERSTOCKED❌ on because of lack of use – i.e. books to read, projects to finish, exercise clothes to wear… what have you put on the back shelves that has been sitting there waiting for you to enjoy? Now is the time to breathe, and take it vantage of some of the items in your life that you have been craving.
How about what is OUTDATED ❌in your life right now? What can you throw away? Maybe negative self talk, complaining, doubt, fear? Let’s put an expiration on these items and bring in fresh, new blooms! Positive self-talk, healthy self-care, laughter, love and more are waiting to bloom, but first you must get rid of the outdated, old weeds!
And finally, what is OFF LIMITS❌? Where would your life be better if you didn’t “even go there?” Again, challenge yourself to take away the things in your life that tempt you to go off course… be intentional in choosing things that bring you life. Friends who make you laugh, projects that inspire you, movement that strengthens you. Music that makes you dance, news that makes you smile….
Spring Cleaning… I LOVE IT!!