decade in review- take stock of your life

Decade in review- As not just this past year comes to a culmination, so does the past decade.  It’s time to traverse within to see what can stay, what needs to go, and what needs some adjustment.

Can you believe it?  An entire 10 years of reflecting and soul searching is being asked of us to see what areas need revamping.

Which means it’s time to declutter what no longer serves you for your highest good.

Here are some things you may want to assess:

  • relationships that are emotionally taxing
  • friends who don’t allow you to shine
  • clothes that don’t fit
  • books you won’t read
  • the junk drawer that begs to be organized
  • the piles of laundry and dry cleaning that you keep promising yourself you’ll get around to
  • or the stack of paperwork that’s been lingering around since the beginning of the year

Evaluate what stays and what goes

Reflect on what you’re willing to settle for and what you expect to have.  This is more than making false promises to yourself.  It’s about committing to you and your expectations.

What you do now to ring in the new year will bring in a decade of changes.  I’s super important to make this count now- more than ever.  With just a few weeks to spare, you’ve got plenty of time to get a head start on the magic you wish to call your life.  

If you devote just 10 minutes a day starting now, you’ll be way ahead of the game by the new year rolls around. Make the most of your decade in review by taking a proactive stance.

Let’s get started with some tips and tricks, shall we?

decade in review- take stock of your life

Start your decade in review by making your home your sanctuary. Maximize your zen by clearing away what needs to go.

Physically declutter

Holding onto physical possessions when we don’t use them creates stagnant energies that eventually build up through time which results in negative energy.  

You know those pics of the ex that you swear you’ll throw out but can’t seem to bring yourself to do it and thinking about them brings you sadness and despair?  

  • Or the books that you keep saying you’ll read and seeing them when you walk by reminds you of the failed accomplishments?  
  • The clothes that no longer fit which contributes to your lower self-esteem?  
  • Or the old bills and paperwork that are sitting in a pile? (Even though you keeping saying you’ll get rid of them and don’t).
  • Or the junk drawer which desperately needs to be organized?  

Yeah, I think you get the point now.  It’s time to discard what doesn’t belong anymore. Let’s start your decade in review by cleaning out bathroom shelves since that should be the easiest.

Bathroom

Start with your bathroom and throw away any expired makeup and beauty products along with anything that you don’t use anymore.  Beginning with the bathroom is the easiest because it’s the least overwhelming.  It’s the smallest space so you can take this pretty easily in a minimal amount of time.   You can be finished in 10 minutes if you hustle.

Books and paperwork

If you’re an avid reader like me, you’ll see that disposing of books is probably the most difficult because, after all, they’re trophies.  But, if you’ve been holding onto books for years without reading them, then there’s a very probable chance that you never will.  Donating them to your local library will make you feel so much better about yourself because now you’re contributing to a good deed.  

Next up is to go through all the paperwork, catalogs, and magazine subscriptions that you have stored in various rooms in your house and throw away what you no longer need.  If you hustle, you’ll knock it out in 15 minutes between both the books and the papers laying around.

Kitchen

  • Recycle all Tupperware that aren’t in full sets. 
  • Place any nick hacks like rubber bands in storage containers.  
  • Go through the pantry and throw away all expired spices, dried and canned foods.  
  • Go through the refrigerator and freezer and do the same.  If you’re feeling extra ambitious, pull everything out and clean the entire fridge and freezer.  

This will take a bit more time- an hour tops.  But if you stick to one project a day at ten minutes a day, it can be completed in less than a week.

Living Room

Unless you hoard, this space should be super easy to declutter.  You may have some newspapers/magazines, paperwork (which were already discarded if you followed this process) along with some coats and shoes laying around.  Find a home for the coats and shoes. Get rid of everything that’s taking up space along with negative energy.

Bedroom

If you’re diligent and really stand behind your convictions of what needs to go, you’ll knock this out super quickly.  You know what fits, what you love, what you don’t wear, what has been worn and washed too much.  Bang it out. Donate and/or sell your clothing and accessories to make a few extra bucks this holiday season and ring in the new year on a fresh and positive note.  If you’re on the fence about it, discard it.  

When reading Marie Kondo’s book, one thing stuck with me.  If it doesn’t inspire joy or spark, get rid of it.  Which means that maybe pile is a definite no.  This is about you becoming a better improved version of yourself.  Start showing the world that version of you with how you present yourself.  Only fabulous pieces stay.  

This isn’t to say that you have to go get a complete makeover and spend a ton of money on creating a new wardrobe.  Quite the opposite.  It’s about only keeping what you absolute adore.  If you do, you’ll feel more confident and raise your standards. Not just in your wardrobe, but in other facets of your life.

Once you give your home a physical makeover, it’s time to give it a spiritual cleansing. Which brings us to the next step of the decade in review.

Physical Cleansing

After you’ve thoroughly cleaned your home and rid yourself of all that clutter, it’s time to give your space a cleansing with sage or Palo Santo.  You can purchase a smudge stick at any natural food store or metaphysical store.  

It’s so simple and easy. All you do is light that bad boy up and wave the stick around your home with your doors and windows open.  

Even if it’s cold where you live, it’s important that the doors and windows remain open while you smudge your home.  It gives the old energies a chance to be released.  If the entrances are closed, all the built up negative energies will remain trapped rendering the cleansing useless.  

It only takes a few minutes of your time. Make sure you do this before the new year to start fresh. You can just relax or say a prayer as you’re doing this ritual.

Let’s move onto the next phases of the decade in review with an assessment of your relationships.

Relationship Decluttering

One important process for your decade in review is to evaluate the relationships in your life. Some relationships will need firmer boundaries while others may need to be let go of all together.

Evaluate which relationships need either the boot or a merging of two minds.  Have the talks that you’ve been putting off.  See if the differences can be salvaged. 

Is there anyone in your life that you’ve been meaning to say good riddance to? If so, say good bye need now.  There never is a right or perfect time for anything.  The only right thing that you can do is stand firm in your convictions. Keep yourself happy without trampling over anyone’s feelings.

Prolonging the inevitable is only pushing your happiness away.

If you put it off to make it a new year’s resolution, you run the risk of only delaying it even more when it comes time to say goodbye.  Not to mention, decluttering now will bring in the much needed fresh energies that you’re desiring.

If your relationships with others are doing pretty well and are healthy, but your relationship with yourself is on shaky ground, then it’s time to have a check-in with yourself.  

Ask yourself these questions:

  • What about your own relationship is making you unhappy?  
  • Where do you feel like you’re dropping the ball with yourself?  Where are you falling short?  
  • Are you not living up to your own expectations?  
  • Are you giving too much of yourself to others that by the time it comes to take care of you, you’re too depleted of energy?
  • Do you not love yourself unconditionally?

These are just some sample questions to ask yourself.  Use them as a guideline to see what needs to be mended in your self-relationship.

Now that you have a basis of what needs to be sorted through with your relationships, it’s time to move onto the psychological aspects for the decade in review.

decade in review- take stock of your life

Psychological Decluttering

This may be the most dreaded one on this list, but it’s the most crucial for your health, wellbeing, and happiness.  What limiting beliefs and blockages do you have that’s preventing you from moving forward?  If you’re not aware of what they may be, this is time to take an inventory of what needs to be purged.  Sit in silence and ask yourself the questions.  The first response to surface is going to be your answer.  It’s time to purge that mindset for a newer one.

Change your thinking

Maybe you’ve tried affirmations to think in a different manner and it hasn’t worked.  I’ll give you a trick that works wonders.

Our conscious mind is operating at 5% of the time whereas our subconscious minds are working over time at 95% of the time.  

Writing something down on a piece or paper or repeating the same declaration isn’t going to change the way your subconscious mind thinks because it’s not believing anything other than past patterns and behaviors.  

The conscious mind is the creative mind whereas the subconscious mind is the habit mind.  

In other words, removing your subconscious blockages is the gateway to your own liberation. It’s super simple to release your blockages and limiting beliefs.  It doesn’t even require your time because you can do it while you’re sleeping.  

All you have to do is go on YouTube and look up videos to reprogram your subconscious mind while you sleep.  Whichever topic you feel needs clearing, just listen to that video with your headsets in.  Old habits don’t have to die hard…they just need to be rewritten. That starts with you being the most important person in your life.

Make yourself a priority starting now

In decluttering what’s not helping you to progress forward, you also have to remove the mentality of you coming last in order to cater to others.  Now, you may think that you have to be there for others or worse, that its selfish to make yourself a priority.  But, your needs have to come before other people’s wants.  

If you’re not taking care of yourself, it’s only a matter of time before you crumble. This can’t be put off until the new year. Make it a point to consistently take stock of where you are in your life and what you need to remain happy.

If you need to say no to someone so you can have a reprieve from life, do it.  

That guilt may eat at you for a few minutes.  But it’s still so much better than the resentment that’s going to be building up in you until. Which will inevitably cause you to lose your cool.  

Start by making yourself a priority now. Come the new year, you’ll have one less resolution to worry about.  And because you’re improving on yourself now, it’ll give you more optimism to slay those resolutions when the new year comes.

That’s our decade in review.  It will take some work, but it’s also worth the efforts that you put in now.  Just think…if you wait 3 weeks to do these things, you’ll still be in the same spot then.  So, if you start now, you’ll be much more equipped at the beginning of the year to start with fresh and positive energies.

Take some time to reflect and visualize on what you want 2020 and the next decade to look like for you.  You’ll be so much more motivated to start decluttering your life in order to welcome in your dreams.

If you know anyone that can benefit from this, please be sure to share it with them.

See ya soon.

In the meantime, stay zenspired!

💜💜💜,

Eva

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