Today is the day many people begin resolutions- I am going to challenge you to think of resolutions in another way. Often times we make "New Year's Resolutions", declarations that we are going to lose weight, or that we are going to go to the gym, or that we are going to eat healthier, or ........ (fill in the blank). The thing with this type of declaration is that we often choose ideals and goals without having a plan. The definition of the word resolution (according to Webster's)- "The act or PROCESS of resolving... an answer or solution to something"
I want to focus on that word PROCESS. We are all in process, but it has been my experience that I have made these declarations in the past in great sweeping gestures and with great gusto. The first week or so of January everyone is committed to these declarations (hence a packed gym!), but then by the time February hits, the resolutions are long gone and there is a sense of guilt that we didn't stick with it.
If we look at this concept of resolution as a process, it gives us the grace and space to take our time and make real change, instead of a quick fix.
When I go into a home and work with families to declutter and create spaces for their children, it is a process. I can leave after decluttering and designing a space that seems like it will work, but ultimately, it is up to the family to stay in process and continue evolving. Each and every choice brings you closer to your process or takes you away from that process. If your goal is to have a clear, simple space for your children, where the focus is back on family connection and time together, then you will think about the commitments that you make to maintain that goal. I just started watching the show "Fixer Upper" on HGTV and I love the connection that that family has. They made a conscious decision about what was important to them (family) and every decision serves that goal. When mom has to work late staging a home, dad brings the kids and food to her and they all have a few moments together. That is commitment. We all have things in our life that are non-negotiables that we can't change, but if we are creative in thinking about how to maintain our focus, we can make it work.
We are excited to announce a new partnership with another mom run business- Rhea Lana's of North Cincinnati (http://northcincinnati.rhealana.com). This business collects your gently used clothing/furniture/gear/toys for consignment, then hosts a huge sale twice a year. As a parent, you should know about these sales! What our partnership offers is a way to clear out the clutter with me (2 hour declutter package for $100), then you will become a VIP with Rhea Lana's- I will take your stuff to their store, they will log it and tag it, then after the sale (March 13-17) you will receive a check from your sales. Super easy! No trying to sell things on Craigslist, or setting up a garage sale. All the work is done for you.
Call me now to schedule your 2 hour decluttering session- January is filling up fast!
My best to you as you begin your process and create the life that you and your family crave.
Beth is a mom first and foremost. She is also a trained Montessori teacher who is passionate about making the lofty ideals of the Montessori philosophy more real and manageable for families.