Wow! Can you believe it? Today is the first day of 2023! I jumped out of bed early this morning excited to get started. I love new beginnings and I’m grateful for the chance to start fresh and make the most of every day. I am determined to be ready, prepared, and empowered to face whatever challenges and opportunities come my way.
Today, I set my intentions for the year ahead and I design a plan for manifesting a fabulous, productive, and joyful year. An important part of preparing for a new year is to to cleanse, detox and declutter.
I firmly believe that decluttering and letting go of what no longer serves us is essential for creating space for what we truly desire in life. By getting rid of the excess, we are able to focus on what matters most and make room for new and exciting opportunities to come our way.
And yes, I do have things I want to change in my life, habits to let go of, relationships to improve, healing and worries to cope with. As beautiful and amazing 2022 has been to me, it’s not been perfect. A couple of people very close to me have struggled with mental health and my dog Bowie has been sick and in need of intensive care for a big part of the year. And then there’s all the things going on in the world around us that affects us but we can’t do anything about it. The key is to know what you can change and what you cannot change. Finding that balance is not always easy.
2022 will be a year I will never forget because of some big AMAZING milestones. We started the year renovating and restoring a historic building from 1909 and in March we moved into our new home. My husband and I celebrated 30 years together and my oldest daughter graduated from The Royal Academy of Fine Art in Copenhagen and won several awards for her work.
I made some big lifestyle changes in 2022. I sold my car because I wanted to push myself to move more and be more outdoor. I used to be a person who would drive even if I just had to go up the street, so this was a huge change for me. Today, I walk and bike as much as I can and I love it.
I started doing daily yoga in July. This started as a 30-day challenge I gave myself. I’ve always done yoga on and off at home. But nothing serious and nothing consistently. So I signed up for some yoga classes in town and the 30-day challenge turned into a 100-day challenge and then became a daily routine I treasure with my heart and soul. I secretly dream of taking a yoga teacher education during 2023 though I’m still very much a yoga novice.
2022 was also the year I could finally host live workshops again and that was a lot of FUN! I cannot wait to welcome even more amazing people into my home in the new year for some creative photography workshops, coaching sessions and mentoring. You can see more about my 2023 courses and workshops here >>
Every year around this time, I take some time out to reflect and re-view my life. I check-in with myself to make sure I’m on the right track. I have a set of things I do to prepare and plan the new year in the best way possible.
In short, this is my strategy:
#1. I set my ONE word for the year. This word is like a headline for my year – a leading star helping me navigate and stick to my goals and values. It’s super helpful. You can listen to my podcast episode about it here >>
#2. I make a simplistic business plan based on my core values. I decided exactly what I will focus on for the coming year. I know from more than 30 years experience as a business owner that I tend to overestimate what I can do in a month. Good things takes time, focus and dedication. I also know that I underestimate what I can do in a year – by taking small daily actions on my bigger goals I can get so much important stuff done.
#3. I Detox and declutter my life. For me January is the perfect months to do a reset. I clean out my physical spaces, clean up my diet, and decide what to let go off that is no longer serving me. Which is the process I will share with you in this post.
Declutter Your Life In One Week & Get Ready For 2023
Decluttering isn’t just about getting rid of physical clutter, it’s about letting go of anything that isn’t serving you. This could be old clothes that no longer fit, outdated work routines, unhealthy habits, or even toxic relationships. By decluttering, you’re making a conscious choice to create more space and clarity in your life.
It’s about making room for new and exciting opportunities. When you let go of what no longer serves you, you open yourself up to new possibilities and a fresh start. Imagine all the exciting things that could come your way in the new year if you make room for them.
Detoxing your life doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With a little bit of focus and determination, you can make significant progress in just one week. Whether you’re looking to declutter your physical space, improve your mental and emotional well-being, or strengthen your relationships, this guide will give you the tools you need to get started. I promise; you’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel when you are done.
Decluttering your life can have many benefits, including:
- Reduced stress and anxiety: A cluttered space can be overwhelming and contribute to feelings of stress and anxiety. By decluttering, you can create a sense of order and calm in your environment.
- Improved organization: Decluttering can help you better organize your possessions, making it easier to find things and saving time and energy searching for them.
- Increased productivity: A cluttered space can be distracting and make it difficult to focus on tasks. By decluttering, you can create a more streamlined and efficient workspace, leading to increased productivity.
- Better physical health: A cluttered space can lead to unhealthy habits, such as not exercising or not cooking at home because there is no room to do so. Decluttering can help create a healthier living environment.
- Improved mental health: In addition to reducing stress and anxiety, decluttering can also boost self-esteem and improve overall mental well-being.
- Better relationships: A cluttered space can be a source of conflict in relationships, particularly when one person is more organized than the other. Decluttering can help improve communication and create a more harmonious living environment.
Here are seven steps to help you detox your life in just one week:
- Set your intention. Before you start decluttering, it’s important to have a clear idea of what you want to accomplish. Do you want to create more space in your home? Improve your diet? Let go of toxic relationships? Whatever it is, make sure to set a specific and achievable goal for the week.
- Declutter your physical space. A cluttered space can be overwhelming and stressful. Take some time each day to get rid of anything you no longer need, use, or love. Start with the areas of your home that cause you the most frustration, such as your closet or your kitchen.
- Detox your mind and body. Our minds and bodies are closely connected, and when one is unhealthy, it can have a negative impact on the other. Take steps to nourish your body with healthy foods and hydration, and spend some time each day practicing mindfulness or meditation to clear your mind.
- Address emotional baggage. We all have emotional baggage from our past experiences, and it can be difficult to let go. Take some time each day to journal or speak with a trusted friend or therapist about your feelings. This will help you process and release any emotions that may be holding you back.
- Strengthen your relationships. Our relationships have a huge impact on our well-being, so it’s important to surround ourselves with positive and supportive people. Take some time this week to reach out to friends and loved ones, and consider letting go of any relationships that are not serving you.
- Practice self-care. Make time each day for activities that nourish your mind, body, and soul. This could be anything from a bubble bath to a yoga class to a hike in nature. Remember to be kind to yourself and give yourself permission to relax and recharge.
- Reflect and set new goals. At the end of the week, take some time to reflect on your progress and set new goals for the future. Remember that detoxing your life is a continuous process, and it’s okay to take things one step at a time.
Christina’s 1-Week DECLUTTER To-Do List
If you want a more specific detox and declutter list to work with I will share my own personal to-do list with you. I will work on the list every day for the entire week until I’m satisfied and ready for a fresh start.
Before we go into the list I want to share how I sort my things. I always divide stuff into four groups: throw away, give-away, sell and store. I try not to store to many things because they will just collect dust and take up space. But of course some things that has emotional value is worth storing. Most of my stuff I gave away to a local Red Cross shop or homeless charity near me. Make an effort to transport the clutter you collect out of your home daily. Doing so will free up instant energy.
- Day 1: Closet, jewellery and makeup clean-out (Remove everything empty, old and not used).
- Day 2: Kitchen and diet clean-out (out with all the unhealthy drinks and food from the holiday season. Clean fridge and fill it with healthy energy food).
- Day 3: Bedroom & workspace clean-out (Out with all the clutter and make the room inviting and inspiring).
- Day 4: Digital cleanse: Clean out your Phone, Apps, Files, Photos, Computer clean-out
- Day 5: Website and Inbox clean-out (Remove old blog posts, re-write your “about me” info, change your profile photo, add new products, get your inbox down to 0 emails).
- Day 6: Review your finances (Organise payments, papers, and unsubscribe from paid Subscriptions you have that you don’t use or need).
- Day 7: Negative energy cleanse (look at everything that drains your energy. It can be habits, beliefs, thinking patterns, people, chores, work related stuff and routines. Decide what needs to go and make a plan for inviting positive energy into your life).
Detoxing your life can be a challenging but rewarding journey. By following these steps, you’ll be well on your way to a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life. Remember to be patient with yourself and celebrate every small victory along the way.
Take action now: Listen to the podcast episode One Word Of The Year. It’s a game-changer and makes goal-setting a mindful and simplistic process. Then start the 7-day declutter plan and enjoy the result at the end of the week.