Let’s Prune!

I find it funny that the statement “Let’s Prune” rhymes with “Let’s Spoon!”

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It has been over a year since I started to take “de-cluttering” seriously.  I was inspired by Marie Kondo’s book the”Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” Kondo believes that everything in our household and our space should spark joy.  We should dress up and treat de-cluttering like a special occasion/ ceremony.

The year before I discovered her book, I learned on my trip to New Zealand that less is MORE and that if you want to travel far you really should carry less.  This has been a nice change from the ideology that I believed growing up.  I used to think that it was good to have collections and having a large supply was practical because “someone” could “probably use it in the future.”

Kondo helped me to finally let go of my “someday I will fit this when I lose weight” wardrobe and it freed so much space in our closet.  I have also noticed that I can find things more easily with less and I value the things I have decided to keep.

I have found more inspiration from my friend Danielle who is the creator of WeKonDoIt.com.

Danielle shares so many helpful tips and tricks to create a home that you love.  I also love the fact that she gives us action steps and walks us through everything.  Check out her website for more inspiration!!!

This morning I finally pruned my houseplants.  It is always a little scary for me because some of the leaves that I trimmed off are large and part of me wants to let them keep growing.  I have noticed that when I finally do prune off the dying branches 2 new branches sprout in a matter of days and the whole plant becomes healthier.

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Spring is right around the corner and I think this is a perfect time to apply the concept of pruning to my life.

Why do we prune?  We prune a plant by removing specific branches or leaves that are no longer useful and this improves the quality of the entire plant.  Remove the dead, damaged, and diseased parts of the plant to prevent further decay.

We can apply this to our lives by getting rid of the things that no longer serve us.  Do you have some old salad dressing that is “still good” but has sat on your fridge shelf for months?  Let’s toss that and stir together a fresh and new vinaigrette.

What about the dreaded mismatched sock pile with the long lost matches.  Maybe it is time to declare “sock bankruptcy” and treat yourself to a new collection of matching socks.

Now that I am thinking about de-cluttering, I feel so inspired.  I hate to cut this short, but I have plans to de-clutter our kitchen cabinets and then cook up a beef stew for dinner.

What are some areas of your life that you would like to prune?   Please comment below to share!!!

Love, Joy, and Blessings Always,

❤ Alana Xoxoxo

4 thoughts on “Let’s Prune!

  1. What a wholesome thought and how well expressed through the metaphor of pruning your pretty plant, Alana. I have been decluttering too and finding it wholly liberating.
    On a completely random note, what plant is it? xx

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