Clean Your House!
As I was thinking about the new year, my goals, and reflecting on the past, “clean your house” came through loud and clear to me. I have been feeling overwhelmed lately. One of the things that causes me stress is clutter. Most of us have so many things going on in our life. We have responsibilities, needs, desires, and goals. For me, clutter causes my focus to wander. Clutter comes in many forms. It can be stuff – clothes you don’t wear, books you have read, items you don’t use, entire rooms of your house you never step in. It can also be responsibilities – jobs, extra curricular activities, committees, and other commitments that may seem to be very worthwile. Clutter can also be relationships – friends, family, co-workers. And lastly, emails and social media.
As I write this, there are two boxes next to me that I am filling with items I don’t need. I have held on to things thinking I will use it someday, I will wear it someday. No, I probably won’t. It is just taking up space and cluttering up my life. The other bonus besides getting it out of my house is that I am giving those things to others who need them. This feels great and I am excited to have less.
I am also taking account of my responsibilities to find what is going to serve me best this year and help me reach my goals. See The Art of Saying “No.” If you’re like me, you tend to take on too many tasks and responsibilities and what started off being a worthwhile cause that you enjoyed being involved in, turned into just another task on your to-do list that takes up your valuable time and keeps you from the most important things.
Relationships can be tricky. Sometimes we have had people in our lives for so long that we don’t know how to step away. It may be that friend that is constantly negative and sucks the life right out of you. It could be a parent that makes you feel you’re not good enough. It could be the co-worker that loves to gossip. There may be people we enjoy being around from time to time but they don’t need a place in our daily lives. You may need to re-evaluate the people that get most of your attention. Do they deserve it? Do they value it? Do you get something out of it? Some people just take and rarely give back. Others seem to only reach out when they need something. They may be taking away precious time that you would rather be spending with others you laugh with, teach you, or love.
Lastly, the emails and social media can be a huge part of where you need to clean your house. Around the holidays, my personal inbox gets filled with emails from stores that I have ordered gifts from. I still get emails, sometimes daily, from these vendors. I don’t need them! It just takes up my time and can tempt me into buying something else I think I “need” that will just clutter up my life more. I am going through and unsubscribing to all of those emails that are trying to sell me something I don’t need. I also get a ton of real estate industry emails. These are great, I need to know what’s going on in my industry, but most of them say the same thing. I am going through and choosing the handful of publications that will give me the most pertinent information so I can get through them more quickly and efficiently. Social media definitely has a place – both in business and personal life. However, I don’t need to open up social media every time I get a notification. In fact, I have turned some notifications off that I only have for personal use. I love seeing pictures of cute animals but I really don’t need to be interrupted 5 times an hour to see a picture of a baby goat…well, OK, maybe I do.
Anyway, be smart about what you allow in your life and in your home. I’m starting out this new year by making some changes, getting rid of the unnecessary and cleaning my house. How about you?
Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. Wife to Robert, “Mom” to Tyler and Livvie, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.