I don’t do many book reviews or giveaways, but something about Breathing Room: Open Your Heart by Decluttering Your Home spoke to my heart. I was provided with a copy to read and review; all opinions are my own. Please note that this post contains affiliate links.
In the last couple of years, I’ve found it difficult to let go of so many things. They’re full of memories of people I love, of times I lived and of places that I’ll never be able to go back to. It’s made me feel guilty for holding on to things and guilty for letting go of things–talk about a no-win situation.
Co-authored by Lauren Rosenfeld, an intuitive, a blogger and professional “soul declutterer,” and Dr. Melva Green, a board-certified psychiatrist, spiritual healer and expert on the A&E show Hoarders, Breathing Room looks at clutter and disorganization as more than just a mess that needs to be picked up and put away.
These two look at what’s behind your clutter, and how to create the peaceful, light-filled space within your heart as well as your home. The book is divided into 3 sections, based on the S.L.I.C.E. system they’ve developed.
Dr. Green and Ms. Rosenfeld ask you to look at each room/area of your home individually; they believe that before you can start tossing things away, you need to know each area’s purpose and intention. You are given examples and exercises, and asked to start a journal to record your thoughts and feelings.
Stop, Listen, Intend and Clear the Energy. This sounds like a lot of work for each room of the house, but let me tell you–I used to walk into my studio with dread. It had become a dumping ground for anything I wanted to deal with “later.”
A Place to Begin
Now I have created a plan and an intention for that room. Each time I walk in there now, I pick up 5 things; I look at them and decide if they fit the intentions I have for that room. Then these things either stay or go.
Another light-bulb moment I had after reading this book involves my own “collection” of books. I’m one of those who holds onto every single book I come across; I’ve read it, am going to read it or loved it and want to read it again. Seriously, there are not enough days in the year for all the books I’ve acquired. Now, with some insight from Breathing Room, I am going to go through my collection.
There will still be books I’m going to keep; but there will be many, many books that I’m going to share. If I loved them that much, who am I to hoard them and keep the knowledge, enjoyment and insight contained in those pages. I will be creating stacks to be donated and stacks to be sold at my impending garage sale. I’m sure that’s still months away though….
I got a lot of ideas and inspiration from reading this book. It made me feel that there’s hope for me; that one day soon, I’ll be able to have serenity, peace and organization in my home AND in my heart! You can win your own copy of this great book by entering the drawing. Good luck!
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