July 14

SHED – Part 5

Posted by lori . 13 Comments


I’m working my way through the book SHED Your Stuff, Change Your Life by Julie Morgenstern.

Small SHED

“The four steps of SHED (Separate the Treasures, Heave the Trash, Embrace Your Identity, Drive Yourself Forward) provide a framework for proactively managing change, transition, and the feeling of being stuck and unsure. By releasing the defunct, extraneous, and burdensome objects and obligations that are weighing you down, you create the space to discover what’s next and gather the energy and courage to move forward.”

There are three areas where you work the SHED process…physical space, time and bad habits.

I’m starting with my physical space, keeping in mind my theme…Caring, Artistic & Free. Having a theme is particularly helpful because it gives me something to focus on and inspires me to part with things when I waver.

Last week, I outlined the process Julie gives you to SHED your physical space. This week, I started on some drawers and cabinets. I chose to start with drawers and cabinets because I can get through one quickly, and it helps me build momentum for larger projects. They’re good practice.

Here are two examples…my candle drawer and my collar drawer.

Candle Drawer Before

Candle Drawer – Before

Candle Drawer After

Candle Drawer – After

I burn candles several times a week, so this is not a stagnant drawer…just messy.

Candle Drawer Move

I pulled out items that belong somewhere else,

Candle Drawer Toss

and I pulled out items I no longer want.

Collar Drawer Before

Collar Drawer – Before

Collar Drawer After

Collar Drawer – After

Collar Drawer Move

Again, I pulled out items that belong somewhere else,

Collar Drawer Toss

and I pulled out the items I no longer want.

All of the items in these two drawer were “practical treasures.” Practical treasures are “objects that are useful to you and can contribute to your ability to fulfill your new theme.” I find dealing with “practical treasures” easier than dealing with “meaningful treasures” that are “symbolic or sentimental objects that bring you pure and unambiguous joy, energy and inspiration.”

Next week, I’ll do an area that contains “meaningful treasures” and review what Julie says about working the SHED process with your time.

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13 Responses to " SHED – Part 5"

  • Sue says:

    I love tidy draws:)

    Can’t believe you are getting rid of that lovely pink collar.

    • lori says:

      It does seem odd to get rid of a collar. I’m moving this one along because it is a house collar, which means you can’t attach a lead to it. I was thinking about using them around the house, but then decided not to, so it’s time for this little “odd man out” to move on.

  • Daisy says:

    You feel good once you’ve uncluttered things….at least until you acquire more stuff!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  • Hmm, I need to send you my drawers. As soon as I have a tidy up and sort them out they seem to be full and messy again. I can’t understand it!

  • Nothing like a good de-cluttering. You now have some well tidy drawers. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  • Patty says:

    Wow, look at all those candles! I love candles!

  • Kat says:

    Hmmm, what does it say about me that I aspire to just have my drawers and closets and cabinets look as good as your “before” pictures! 😀

  • FInn says:

    I like how you stored all the collars on the side so you can see them all. Nice work on the drawers. You are right, I bet that gives you more momentum for larger projects!

  • Isn’t is so satisfying to get things organized? It is one of my goals during my vacation. I love doing that type of thing, the problem is often in daily life I don’t have time!

    Thanks for being inspiring!

  • houndstooth says:

    Hmmmm… Perhaps I should try organizing a few collar drawers…

  • sue taylor says:

    I am in awe of organising skills Lori. All those gorgeous collars heaven!
    still waiting for my book to arrive!

  • Martha says:

    Oh, I just love drawers with hidden treasures – mine or somebody else’s 🙂
    especially with stationery or little trinkets. Yours with candles – looks and perhaps smells gorgeous – what a collection!
    I’m a fanatic buying and collection tealight candleholders and scented candles – just love to have them lit all year round 🙂

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