Inspiring links (from tears to celebration)

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(Every week, I  share a series of inspiring links which I think are worth reading. Enjoy this week’s round up!)

  1. Have you ever thought of the present moment as a loved one? Read this awesome post by Leo Babauta about Our relationship with the present moment!
  2. Declutter your mind using some awesome tips by Marie Kondo.
  3. Great tips from Courtney about How to live a paperless life.
  4. I am looking forward to attend World Culture Festival 2016 which is a celebration of Art of Living’s 35th year of existence.
  5. I loved Eric’s Sunday Sermon: The beauty which is you.
  6. A helpful post: The year of deliberate un-planning.
  7. A valuable life lesson from a wise gardner.
  8. Let not tears torment us.

Love and blessings,

Shaloo

Inspiring links(Blog Marathon Post 30)

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(Every week, I  share a series of inspiring links which I think are worth reading. Enjoy this week’s round up!)

  1. Instead of running from discomfort all the time, learn to pause and bring your mind to the present moment. Try this pause training to lead you to unconventional productivity.
  2. Some great tips : How to Unwind in under five minutes.
  3. Digital clutter is not as troublesome as physical clutter. Still it can be problematic if not organized on a regular basis. Learn more from the minimalists about dealing with digital clutter.
  4. You are not alone if you don’t have it all figured out.
  5. Can you destroy your marriage with love?
  6. Leave footprints of love and kindness with 51 random acts of kindness.
  7. Life’s greatest miracles often comes disguised as hardship.
  8. Gratitude is such a powerful emotion, one that can make your life better in so many ways. Practice gratitude with 40 simple ways.

Love and blessings,

Shaloo

Inspiring links (from decluttering to minimalism)

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(Every week, I  publish a series of inspiring links. Enjoy this week’s round up on decluttering & minimalism!)

Sometimes love sunders, and we have to move on. The things we once loved, we may not love forever. I don’t love you anymore.

34 proven ways to keep your home clutterfree

Complaining less shifts our focus to the positive. It allows gratitude to take root. And cheerfulness can be an excellent beautifier. How to complain less?

Try it, you might like it. Maybe one small change could have a larger impact that we imagine.

In our lives immersed in technology, we rarely shut everything off. The time to shut down.

3 decluttering projects you can tackle in 20 minutes or less

Love and blessings,

Shaloo

Inspiring links (from simplicity)

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(Every week, I  publish a series of inspiring links. Enjoy this week’s round up on simplicity !)

Improve your life and productivity with this simple but effective technique – 3 words that you need to tell yourself daily

Someday I am going to need this stuff…Do you also fall in the same category? No wonders, you are never able to kick the clutter out of your house.

Reclaim your bedroom. Let not technology dominate your private sanctuary. Sleep, sex and reruns

When your work life is destroying your good life , it’s time to set your priorities right and also take steps to improve your work life.

7 quotes to help you live the simple life

Learn the secret ingredient  to be special – Art of living in Kungfu Panda

Love and blessings,

Shaloo

Inspiring links (from decluttering to minimalism)

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(Every week, I  publish a series of inspiring links. Enjoy this week’s round up on decluttering & minmalism , take a look at your life and make the desired changes!)

Advice to my kids Leo Babauta writes about the advice he would like to give his kids to equip them for life. I loved the pearls of wisdom he shares in this post.

Decide~Divide~Conquer

The lazy person’s way to declutter your home

The price of a stamp provokes us to take a look at our habits again and analyse if we are on the right track.

One hour that will change your life yes, that extra one hour which you gain as a result of being an early riser!

5 strategies to cut down on clutter

Real priorities makes you think and re-evaluate your priorities to make the maximum use of time.

Love and blessings,

Shaloo

Best of Spiritualboosters 2012

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A special thanks to each of you for making 2012 an incredible year at Spiritualboosters. It’s been an amazing learning experience.I cannot put in words how overwhelmed I am by all the support and encouragement.

Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart.

As it is impossible to avoid “Best of” this time of year, so for my new readers I present the Best of Spiritualboosters 2012:

12 things to start doing in the next twelve months

The Present

12 things to stop doing in the next twelve months

Books that inspired me in 2012

Life is what you make it

10 ways to a happy life

Random acts of kindness

Declutter your life

Simply irresistible you

Rethink…Refuse…Reduce

As the New Year approaches us with hopes anew, here is wishing all of you a wonderful year ahead. Happy 2013!

Lessons learnt during 15 days Diwali decluttering challenge

I had taken 15 days decluttering challenge this diwali. I decided to get rid of ten things a day till Diwali and I decided to donate things rather than throwing things away. The idea was to declutter my house of 150 things in just fifteen days. And by donating things, I wanted to put my unwanted things into use.

Was I successful in my challenge? Well, the answer is yes and no! Did I get rid of 150 things in fifteen days? Yes,I did. Was I able to donate ten things a day everyday? No, I couldn’t. I missed a day as I had to go out of town.I made up for the loss by donating twenty days the next day.

I have summed up the lessons learnt during my 15 days diwali decluttering challenge below:

  • The maximum number of things decluttered were clothes which made me realise how much money I have wasted on buying clothes.Some of the clothes I wore only 2-3 time after I bought them because they didn’t appeal so much later. Lesson learnt : Buy clothes only when you really need. No impulsive buying and no hanging on to clothes hoping that they will fit someday when I will lose some weight.
  • I managed to give away some of my books too which I’d thought would be the hardest thing for me to do. Lesson learnt: I am not going to read all the books I buy again and again.So keep only those books which you think you will read again and gift the rest to your friends.
  • I used to donate things to orphanage or beggars but I never gave my old things to any of friends until this challenge. But I found that my friends loved it when I gave them some of my books and cds. Lesson learnt: It’s ok to give your unwanted things to your friends if you think they might be useful for them. Just ask them if they would like to have that particular thing.
  • It was a challenge to give away ten things each day. Lesson learnt: Keep a donation box at home. Keep putting whatever you wish to donate into it and when the box gets full, give it away to someone needy or to some NGO.
  • The bigger challenge was whom to give away things to. Lesson learnt: Make a list of charity organisations, orphanages or old age homes in your area where you can donate things. Decide where you want to donate and declutter accordingly as per their needs.
  • I took the challenge of donating ten things a day and at times, finding things to donate was a challenge in itself. Lesson learnt: You don’t have to link decluttering with donating.It’s better to donate than throwing things away but donate only those things which are fit for use.Throw away the damaged or absolute junk.

We are most likely to do things when we take a challenge or make a commitment.It’s good to take a decluttering challenge once in a while but more important is to make decluttering a habit which is precisely what this decluttering challenge did for me.

Devoting just ten minutes everyday to decluttering can work wonders to your home.So what are you waiting for?

ABC of decluttering

My guest post on “ABC of decluttering” was published on artoflivingsblog.com a few days back :

How often do we hang on to unwanted junk just in case we might need it someday in future? And that day might never come! As a result, we keep on accumulating clutter that isn’t absolutely essential, that we don’t love and use often.

Decluttering  is needed at all levels to move on. Perhaps that’s why people are required to clean up their homes before an important festival in almost all religions with the sole purpose of inviting renewed energy in your lives. Be it Eid or Diwali or Christmas,the first step to celebrations is house cleaning.Getting rid of the old and the unwanted makes way for the new.

Getting rid of clutter is very simple but still many people seem to struggle with clutter due to some reason or the other. So, with that in mind, I present to you the ABC of decluttering ! Simple but powerful tools to get you started on decluttering your life.

Read more here.


Please read, comment and share!

15 days Diwali decluttering challenge: 10 things a day

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How often do we hang on to unwanted junk just in case we might need it someday in future? And that day might never come!

But we keep on buying new things and hang on to old ones. Adding more clutter in our homes and lives and making a dent in our bank accounts. And why is that? Is it because we link our happiness to the things we own or is it simply because we are just lazy?

Decluttering is needed at all levels to move on. Perhaps that’s why people are required to clean up their homes before an important festival in almost all religions with the sole purpose of inviting renewed energy in your lives.Be it Eid or Diwali or Christmas,the first step to celebrations is house cleaning.Getting rid of the old and the unwanted makes way for the new.

Diwali is around the corner and as always,we have started with cleaning up the house days in advance.But this year,I have decided to focus on decluttering my home instead of just cleaning it.

It’s almost fifteen days to go and I have decided to get rid of ten things a day till Diwali. That means, my house will be short of 150 unwanted things in just fifteen days. And no,I am not just going to throw away things.I am going to pick ten things everyday-things that have lost value for me but might be useful for someone else and give them away.

Leo Babauta mentioned in one of his posts that to be successful in any of your commitments, make it public.Then you are more likely to fulfil it.This is the reason I am posting my challenge in this post. Making my intentions public will remind me of my commitment and help me in achieving the desired end.I will post about the fifteen days Diwali decluttering challenge after it ends and share my experiences.

It is not impossible to make your life simpler.What it requires is a firm commitment and a belief in your capabilities.

Baby steps towards minimalism

Minimalism – I came across this word a few months back. I found the concept intriguing , so i started reading about it. I read all about Leo Babuata and all his wonderful posts. I read about Joshua and Ryan and many more minimalists. The more I read, the more fascinated I was. But though minimalism did appeal to me but at the same time, it appeared very intimidating!

What exactly is minimalism? According to Leo Babuata, “Minimalism says that what’s unnecessary is a luxury, and a waste. Why be wasteful when the unnecessary isn’t needed for happiness? When it just gets in the way of happiness, of peace? By eliminating the unnecessary, we make room for the essential, and give ourselves more breathing space.”

The less you have and do, the more you will feel free! So true but at the same time, so scary! All this time, we have been looking for happiness in our possessions and suddenly, we realise that we are looking in the wrong place. And then we are so attached with our possessions. After all, we spent our hard-earned money on buying them and then there are sentimental values attached to each of our things. And our possessions also give us that false sense of security.

So yes, minimalism did scare the hell out of me! I have always been fond of buying things. Whenever I am stressed, I shop! It’s another story though how Art of Living and Sudarshan Kriya has brought down my stress levels considerably and now I don’t need a reason to be happy. But still minimalism seemed difficult to me because :

  • I love shopping and buy lots of clothes. So I couldn’t imagine myself buying less.
  • I love reading but I like to buy books and then read. Used books don’t fascinate me.
  • I am not very disciplined in my food and exercise habits. At times, I am very good and regular in exercising and cutting junk out of my diet but then I again fall back into my old habits.
  • Getting up early is again something I am not very regular at. Till last month, I was getting up at 5 am and then doing yoga and meditation. And I must admit what a beautiful start of the day that used to be! But then again I became indisciplined.
  • I am addicted to internet and I can’t imagine my life without it.
  • Being an overly-emotional Cancerian,I have a great difficulty in letting go.

I know I want to become a minimalist and it would be a wonderful step towards a more meaningful, happier life but knowing myself, I also know that the change has to be slow and gradual.

So over the last few weeks, I have been making a few changes in my life. I have started decluttering process in my home and my workplace.Though a lot needs to be done but at least, I have started. I have been donating old clothes and toys to an orphanage from last few months.It’s better that someone needy uses the stuff that’s just lying as junk in my place.

I have been regular with my meditations and intend to do the same with exercising and my food habits.I don’t plan to hit the gym again but yoga and walks are back in my routine.

I have cut down on my internet usage drastically and plan to do away with internet connection at home.My son is horrified at the very idea of no internet at home! I have also reduced my telephone usage and I don’t spend so much time in idle chit-chatting over the phone that I used to do earlier.

I have subscribed to a public library so that I can cut down spending on books.But I must admit, I didn’t enjoy getting the books from library.Old and borrowed books just don’t appeal to me.So I am still exploring this area and being a bibliophile, giving away my books don’t appeal to me either. May be with time, I will learn to be a minimalist in this area.

Another interesting idea which I have implemented is ‘giving away a thing everyday.’This I read in one of the websites and it’s a very easy and quick way of cutting down on clutter.In this way, I will get rid of 365 things by the end of the year.

My main stumbling block lies in curbing shopping habits. I admit I have more than enough clothes and still, I am unable to resist the temptation of buying more. This is even having an adverse effect on my finances. But as they say, awareness is the key. Now that I am aware of my problem, I am sure I will find a way out of it too.

And I decided to share my intent of reducing the clutter in my life on this platform so that I don’t fall back into old patterns again. One is more likely to keep the promises made to oneself when one shares it with others. So by making my intention of a minimalist lifestyle public, I am making a commitment to myself that I will continue with my baby steps towards minimalism and a happier, meaningful life.