Most of us do too much, or have more possessions than we need or use. Or both. With our lives swept up in an overwhelming swirl of attachments, worry, and endless, mechanical "doing," our minds become fuzzy on what stays and what goes, what matters and what doesn't. As humans it is in our nature to experience clarity and spaciousness all the time. The problem is we lose focus, get off balance, and forget how.
So how do we dial it back - or …
It's all well and good to clear your home and life, but if you're in a constant state of overwhelm, no amount of hope, trash bags, or nifty containers, is going to make a sustainable dent on the build-up of stuff and stress. I know, bummer, right?
Same goes with urgency.
If you're feeling desperate to make a change, the real work of clearing must first focus on the overwhelm and desperation – not the piles. When you address the resisting …
Nourishing lessons in slowing down, simplifying, and self-care, Stephanie's bestselling book is the FOUNDATION for a whole new way to address the visible and the invisible side of clutter. It shows you how to clear your home, quiet the mind, and restore your spirit (in ways that feel good and last a lifetime).
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The JOURNEY! Stephanie's newest book from Hierophant Publishing is the time-tested, field-tested, slow drip approach to clearing your home and heart that lightens, enlightens, and lasts! Each one of its 365 lessons builds one upon another to create new habits that lead to lasting change.
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There is no clearing book like this one. With short contemplations, stories, tools, tips, and best one-minute practices, Vogt …
"Thank you so much. I just watched the first of the four videos over and over and over and over:)... I repeated and actually got so much inspiration that I cleared a whole shelfing unit and it feels so silent and orderly it makes me feel at peace... Thank you for bringing some spaciousness to my home. So grateful! –C.C.
I love your small step approach! Reducing and repeating at a slow pace. You are so good at explaining how beginning the …
Homes are not just these empty boxes that we fill with collections of stuff, life experiences, and unique personalities. They are alive and dynamic places that respond directly to our attentiveness (and lack of it). Our homes and workplaces are extensions of us: they affect us, reflect us, support us. There is no separation...
It doesn’t take much for me to feel at home. Give me a comfy chair, surround me with beautiful objects, simmer …
When I Am Among the Trees
by Mary Oliver
When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.
I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.
Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, "Stay awhile."
The light flows from their branches.
And they call again, "It's …
"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." –Will Rogers.
In my last two posts I've introduced a model for clearing that is infinitely more sustainable and lasting called the "Four Pathways of Clearing." [To catch up, click here.]
For clearing to work its magic you need to integrate all four pathways into a regular daily routine.
The second pathway is Action. This is what it means to clear with action (excerpted from my book A Year to Clear):
We definitely need action if we want to get anywhere. As …
"When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." –Wayne Dyer.
In last week's post I talked about a four-part model for clearing that is infinitely more sustainable and lasting. I call it the "Four Pathways of Clearing."
The first pathway is Intention. This is what it means to clear with intention (excerpted from my book A Year to Clear):
You’ve probably heard the expression, “Be careful what you ask for, because you just might get it.” The mind is a powerful generator. Intention is the pathway that helps us …
"For fast-acting relief, try slowing down."–Lily Tomlin.
It took me years to break the code, to identify what could make clearing not only radically simple and sustainable, but also a powerful force for change.
Though well-intentioned, most approaches to reducing excess in our homes and lives follow a more linear model that is based on speed and outcome. Quick fix efforts result in a missed opportunity to address root cause, cultivate ease, and grow new habits that lead to lasting change.
The Four Pathways of Clearing
So after two decades …
Recently I welcomed my new book into the world. Today I want to welcome YOU to its new home!
Yes. It's been a longtime dream of mine to create a beautiful, interactive gathering place – a landing pad, if you will – that would support readers on their yearlong journey of clearing.
AYeartoClear.com is that place.
My vision was to create a nourishing home base, like a trailside lodge, where travelers can take a breather; reflect on their progress; and connect with others on the path.
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This is what makes …
“For fast-acting relief, try slowing down."–Lilly Tomlin
As many of you know, my newest book just came out.
You could say that A Year to Clear is to clearing what the slow food movement is to eating. It invites a conscious, nourishing, and sustainable shift in the way we live our lives.
If you've wondered why anyone would want to take "slow long" to clear things and thoughts that weigh us down (and keep us stuck), consider that stress and stuff doesn't grow overnight. It builds up slowly over a lifetime. Releasing it takes time: time to …
“…daybooks have become inner food…a sturdy container for small doses of what matters."–Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening
I am thrilled to announce the arrival of my new book: A Year to Clear: A Daily Guide to Creating Spaciousness in Your Home and Heart! It's been a long time coming – years, in fact. I can't believe she's really here!
My husband made a spontaneous video – (read: no glam, make up, or combed hair) – of me seeing my "baby" for the first time. You can see it here:
I can't tell you how wonderful it feels to finally hold …
Just a quick heads up to let you know that my four-part video series starts today!*
These free videos distill two decades of teaching and writing into four short, practical segments – with tools and tips – that you can put to use in your life right away.
In this video series you will learn how to...
Release visible and invisible clutter (aka stuck energy)
Get spacious (and stay spacious) no matter what challenges you
Transform your home and life inside and out
These videos are free!
If you'd like to see …
Last month I did something I've never done in my twenty years as a professional space clearer: I created four short videos of my best clearing secrets. It felt a little bit like a TED Talk in four parts.
I hired two wonderful videographers to come to my house, and we shot them in a day.
That's me and my crew below getting instructions from God. ;-)
It took me months to figure out what I wanted to say and distill two decades of teaching and writing into four short segments that I could share with you. I think I pulled it off!
All At Once, or Bit by Bit?
This is the last in a series of four articles that chronicles my experiences and impressions of Marie Kondo's hugely popular book called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. To catch up and read the previous posts, click the active links at the bottom of this page.
Even if you haven't read Kondo's book, you may find my remarks helpful in your journey.
If sales figures are any indication, it seems that the world is fed up, maxed out, and ready to listen. In my twenty years as a space clearing professional, …