10 Spring de-clutter tips

 

 

Hi all!

I gave a talk to the lovely people at Bhoomki Home in Brooklyn last week, and at the event I gave out a flyer with 10 Spring de-clutter tips to get started. Here they are now, for you:

 

1. Breathe! See the Big Picture: Be grateful that you have so much stuff that you need to get rid of some of it.

2. Start by tidying up, as much as possible. I make my bed, do the dishes and clear the floor first, even if it means stuffing things in the closet, as I need that floor space (read: head space) in order to make clear decisions when sorting through my stuff.

3. De-clutter by category, not location. (Marie Kondo ‘‘Konverts’’ will recognize this piece of wisdom).

4. Give yourself more time than you think you’ll need when starting a de-clutter project. Rule of thumb: double what you think you’ll need. Chances are you’ll use it.

5. Finish the job! If you’re sorting through and discarding clothes for example, build in time to donate, throw out, or sell your clothes (e.g. time to photograph and put them

online) as part of your session.

6. Materials for the Arts, an organization that works with two NY State Departments - Sanitation and Education - will take your donations to provide free materials to

performing arts groups, theatre companies and schools in New York City. Their most wanted items include art supplies, jewelry, fabric, folding tables, chairs, ladders,

musical instruments, working computers and office supplies, and lots more besides. You can learn more about becoming a donor, pick-ups etc at www.mfta.org

7. Only keep paperwork you actually need. The I.R.S. recommendations for keeping tax-related documents (7 years) can be overwhelming, but if you shed the documents

you don’t actually need, it’s a lot easier to keep track of what you do need!

8. Be kind to yourself. Many people beat themselves up before and during de-clutter sessions. Be conscious of your thoughts and do not beat yourself up for ‘‘not having

done this before now’’ or ‘‘keeping this for so long’’. Instead, celebrate that you’re doing it now!

9. Learn to trust your instincts. Friends or relatives nearby, saying ‘‘but you love that! You look so great in it!” or ‘‘but what if you decide you do need an ice cream maker?

It’s nearly summer!” can undermine your process. This is YOUR de-clutter, not theirs!

10. My tenth tip was to take a photo of the tip sheet I'd given and then throw it into the recycling. Remember when you are given a flyer for something, to can just take a photo with your phone and then let the paper go. This helps reduce paper clutter entering your house. 

 

You can do this!

- Rachel

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De-clutter talk Wed April 15th in Brooklyn

 

Delighted to announce I'll be giving a talk on de-cluttering this Wednesday April 15th (tax day!) at bhoomki in Park Slope, Brooklyn as part of their Bhoomki Workshop Series this spring. 

Wednesday April 15th 2015

5pm - 7pm

Bhoomki Home | 237 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215  |  (718) 230-4663

$25

Register here

Tweet us your de-cluttering questions @RPWynne and @bhoomki OR bring them with you on Wednesday and I'll get to as many of them as I can! We'll have refreshments and I'm offering 10% off your first session with me if you book it at the event. 

Looking forward to seeing you all there! 

 

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Costa Rica workshop and retreat!

Get away from it all and get closer to yourself!

I'm facilitating a 4 day dance workshop and retreat in beautiful jungle surroundings at Lake Arenal, Costa Rica. Discover your body’s true potential - whatever your walk of life. Relax, rejuvenate and surprise yourself. This is a creative, holistic movement workshop designed to help you let go of preconceived limitations and get you moving in a safe and fun way! Explore where your movement and creativity come from. No prior dance experience is necessary. 

Workshop dates:

Friday February 28th 2014
Saturday March 1st
Sunday March 2nd
Monday March 3rd

expandance is a healing movement technique that combines over a decade of Transforming Cellular Memory healing and facilitation with over 25 years of dance training and teaching. 

The technique has helped many people overcome chronic pain, prevent injury, become more centered and less anxious, relax into the present moment, unblock creativity, learn how to work and move in a more collaborative manner, and overcome performance fear. This workshop is open to anyone wanting to take some time out for nurturing, peace and creativity in magical, warm Costa Rica. Enjoy home-made, locally-sourced, buffet-style healthy and delicious food, tropical birds and flowers, sun, and a beautiful place to stay at Lake Arenal, all at an incredibly reasonable price.

Early bird special $490 (booked before Dec 31st 2013) includes workshop, shared accommodation, 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners. 

Cost after Dec 31st: $575

See the place here: http://www.lakearenalretreats.com/

More info about expandance here: http://rachelwynne.com/expandance

"My greatest lessons from expandance have ultimately been about fearlessness. The meditative technique goes beyond other types of sitting or moving meditation I've practiced. That is, it accesses deep awareness, calm acceptance, and loving-kindness...and also manages to make me feel like a better communicator and more confident in general. This technique has allowed me to give myself permission to take risks...at work, at play, and in my relationships with other people."
- Erica Frankel, NYC

“For me, the two most powerful things that I’ve received from expandance so far, are experiencing what my body is capable of and wants to do - I had never been invited to move in that way before - and getting Divine Light into the body in a way that can be difficult to do if you’re not using the body.” 
- Caitlin Kelley, NYC, November 2013

"Living Forest, what a place! Everything about the place is perfect. The workshop was life changing, the location, the comfort of sitting in the workshop space, the views of the amazing jungle like trees surrounding the workshop space, with the odd howler monkey visiting! The passing exotic birds, the hospitality and warmth of the owner Johanna, and the natural swimming pool by the river, and as for the food! Deeelicious! A piece of paradise!" 
- Sharon, Ireland

If you wish to extend your stay at Living Forest; Lake Arenal Retreat center please contact us for pricing. 

Looking forward to sharing this very special workshop with you,

Rachel Wynne
Founder, expandance 
Johanna Harmala
Owner, Living Forest Retreat Center

From New York: JetBlue has great fares direct from JFK to Liberia, Costa Rica. 

From outside the US, the following airlines operate to Liberia International Airport: American Airlines, British Airways, Delta, United, Finnair, KLM, Lufthansa, Iberia, US Airways, Air Canada. 

Other cool stuff: Lake Arenal is home to some great wakeboarding, water-skiing, kayaking and wind surfing.

For more information or to book please e-mail rachel@rachelwynne.com

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Holiday sessions half price!

Hi everyone! 

For November and December I have a couple of half price sessions available! Grab 'em while they're hot!

4 hours of AWESOME for $100 instead of $200. 

You must be based in NYC and avail of your session before Dec 31st. 

Contact me at rachel@rachelwynne.com to book. 

I look forward to working with you!

Rachel 

 

 

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Find your center...

A subway ad that's a great reminder!



This is an advert for The Pershing Square Signature Center here in New York, and it's in many subway stations so I've been seeing it quite a bit recently. I love it. Regardless of what it's selling, it's a great reminder to check within; with my center, with my body, and to take a breath. In New York, and in many cities around the world, we get so caught up in the hustle and bustle, and it's a great idea to take a moment - even while running from one meeting to the next - to 'check in'.

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Utilize that food in your cupboards!

Someone at NPR this week had a great idea: create a Tumblr page where people could post photos of foodstuffs in the back of their kitchen cupboards that had been there for ages. In return, other users could comment on the foods, giving the original posters ideas on how to cook them! I thought this was fascinating, so I added my own photo.

I've had some great feedback as to what I should do with my tamarind sauce etc. What tins or packages of things have you got way back there in the recesses of the kitchen shelves, that you're too intimidated to cook or too sentimental to throw out? 

Time for a food spring clean!

 

 

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Spring is here!

Spring is here, the crocus buds are peeping their heads up through the cold soil, birds are singing again, nature is waking up and so are we.

It's the perfect time to launch this site, and for us to get clearing!

You know, I've been helping my friends de-clutter their spaces for years. I would go on play dates as a child, and by the time my mother had come to pick me up, my friend and I would be putting the finishing touches to her newly tidied and beautified room, and proudly handing over bags of trash. I think it somewhat mystified the parents of my friends as to why I'd want to spend a play date clearing and cleaning other people's rooms. I remember, after one play date when my friend Anna and I were about 8, her mother walked into the room and exclaimed "My! It's like Buckingham Palace in here!"

 

And the funny thing? We had FUN! De-cluttering can be as fun as playing. As adults, we take everything very seriously, and start to dread things like organizing or filing. What if it was fun?

It took me years before I realized that helping friends de-clutter was my way of bringing light and love into their lives - it was my way of giving them a gift. It gave me tremendous satisfaction to see them so happy and proud of their 'new' space. (And it probably helped that I was incredibly bossy back then, so my friends had little choice in the matter.) It took a few more years before I realized that 'de-cluttering' could also be achieved on a physical, emotional and spiritual level, and this realization started me on my path to become a healing facilitator. But that's a story for another blog post.

A friend sent me a great link today with a bunch of spring cleaning tips. I hadn't come across some of these before and they're great.

I think my favorite might be number 5: Keep your cleaning supplies neat with a tension rod. Here's the full article.

I look forward to meeting you soon. Spring cleaning can be done at any time of the year, but remember: The best time is NOW.

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