Thinking back to when I was a girl, I loved puttering in my room, pasting photos and postcards to the wall, and rearranging my little treasures: chunks of crystal bought at a sidewalk stand on Telegraph Avenue, a favorite blue and white quilt, letters from a friend at camp. When you are a child, style is natural, easy, and authentic. You don't worry about what others think, you just love what you love. My wish - for myself as much as for all of you - is to let go of the guilt, the second-guessing, and the worry that so often plagues us as adults, and start trusting that small voice inside a bit more, because it already knows you through and through.
When you tap into your authentic style, you can make much stronger decisions about what to keep in your home, and what you can (and should) give yourself permission to let go of. Wouldn't it be wonderful to savor each corner of your home, to really enjoy everything you lay your eyes on, and feel only feelings of joy, wonder, and delight as you move through your space? This is not something that can happen overnight, but I really believe that if you choose to devote some energy to unearthing your authentic style, you can transform your home into a place that reflects the beautiful, imperfect, unique, you.
Ready to do a little digging into your own authentic style? Pour yourself a cup of tea, get comfy, and mull over these questions:
- What do you love at first sight?
- What are your favorite films? (top 3)
- What are your favorite guilty pleasures? (top 5)
- How would you spend your ideal day?
- If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
- What color lifts your mood?
- What color brings out your eyes?
- Who do you love?
- What do you love about yourself?
- If you could wave a magic wand and erase something (or things) from your home, what would it be?
With the very first session of my Mindful Clutter Clearing e-course coming up in January, we will be delving more deeply into ways to discover your authentic style, and begin to shed the things in your home that do not reflect the real you. I hope to see you there!