If you’ve found your way here (and I’m SO glad you did), you are probably:
- Overwhelmed by all the “stuff” in your home that has slowly built up over time
- Spending a lot of time sorting, tidying, and cleaning during your free time – but feeling frustrated because that’s not how you want to spend that time
- Struggling with letting go of things – but you know that letting go of clutter creates the order and calm that you really crave
- Ready to start making simple changes in your home and your life, but you’re not exactly sure where to start.
That’s exactly why Setting My Intention exists. To encourage you to clear the clutter, find joy in your daily life, and live a slow, intentional and meaningful life.
I’m Angela, a woman on the simplifying journey with you. My passion is to share the realistic experiences and practical lessons that I am discovering from clearing physical, mental, and emotional clutter.
I help women who are overwhelmed feel less alone. I encourage women by sharing step by step methods that are simple and will help you get started. The motto around here is Progress, not Perfection.
2015 was the year I started setting intentions to simplify my life. I’m a wife and mom and we have three beautiful boys. This is us:
When my youngest started school full-time, I found I had extra time in my schedule. I was so excited! I had visions of getting together with friends, learning new skills, volunteering my time with the children’s schools and other organizations that are important to me.
That excitement quickly turned to discouragement. All that extra time? Instead of volunteering or getting lost in a good book, I found myself
- wrestling Mount Laundry (and losing every time!)
- finally seeing all the clutter that was piled up and shoved into closets…and feeling utterly overwhelmed.
- determined to clean, but spending so much time picking things up off the floors and countertops first, that I lost the motivation and energy to actually clean (the kids toys with small parts were one of the first things to go!)
A lot of progress has been made since 2015. I started blogging as a way to keep myself accountable. One week I would post a BEFORE photo of an area I was working on, then the following week I posted an AFTER photo. I didn’t just declutter to finish the project – I listened to the internal excuses popping up and gently addressed them.
It was and still is a a process. Two years in and we are far from done…but things are so much better. Progress is being made every day. Shifts in the way we let things in and let things go are happening in our relationship with our stuff.
Where to Start
Decluttering our physical space does eventually lead to changes in other areas as well – clarity in thinking, attention to our physical, spiritual and mental well-being, and implementing simple household systems.
- To read more about Decluttering (including some very revealing before and after photos), click HERE.
- To read about Meal Planning for beginners (including FREE printables to get your started), click HERE.
- To read about Setting Monthly Goals or Intentions, click HERE.
- To read a series of Simple Living Interviews (and advice on how to get started), click HERE.
For all of this goodness in one place, check out my eBook How to Start when You Feel Stuck.
Ways to Stay Connected
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P.S. I’m always curious to know what brought you here and how I can help. Let me know in the comments below what you’re most interested in reading about here at Setting My Intention!
Lisa @ Fun Money Mom says
I am going to love your blog! We just moved from a big house into a much smaller house and all the extra “stuff” is driving me crazy!!! I can definitely use some decluttering tips!
Thanks Lisa! Good for you for downsizing. I think you’re going to love letting that “stuff” go. We have a lot of it to let go!
SUSAN FROM KENTUCKY says
That’s why I’m excited by you blog. I’m getting ready for loads of change (positive kind the helped your spirit), so I’m looking to see how people use this information for results. I’ll be checking be in for new methods and/or
I’m so glad you’ve found the blog Susan! Let me know how thing are going as you start and continue to make positive changes!
Janelle@The Peaceful Haven says
Love your blog! Thank you for encouraging me on the road to simplicity!
Thank you Janelle for coming!
I was just randomly browsing and I found your blog… I’m happy I did! 🙂
It’s nice to find other minimalist bloggers to share the experience with.
Keep on going with the good work! Have a nice weekend!!
Hello Jenny! Nice to meet you! I’m so glad that you came by and commented. I’ll come over and take a look at your blog as well.
Wendi @ H2OBungalow says
Great tips & have fun on your journey. We downsized as well, and it was the best decision we could have made. It’s challenging sometimes but the move has made us all so much more aware of what we really need and don’t:)
Erin - Suburban Simplicity says
I love the purpose of your blog, Angela. Lot of good stuff here!
Thank you Erin! I appreciate the positive feedback! ?
Jenn @ The Art of Better says
Hi Angela! Found your site through my Tailwind Tribe [Bloggers Killin It on Pinterest] and I’ve gotten lost for way too long. 🙂 I’d love to have you in my new tribe as well, Positive Consciousness. It’s loosly themed around positive outlooks, gratitude, mantras, manifesting, mindfulness, happiness practices, good vibes, positive change, self-care, etc. I think you’d fit right in. http://theartofbetterblogging.com/positivetrive
Thank you Jenn! Joined and I’m grateful for your kind words!
I just came across your blog from a guest post you did on Anthony Ongaro’s website, and I’m so glad I did. Setting my intentions is something i am now working on doing every day. I want to transition into writing full time, so I’m going to start to make it happen.
I know what you mean about the clutter getting in the way, and how you can get distracted in trying to take care of it. I’ve definitely done that in the past.
I’m now setting an intention to get up even earlier in the mornings than I already do (which means I’m now setting the alarm for 4:30), but it’s my creative time of day, and I need to work with it. I’ve tried this in the past, and it didn’t always stick, but I think it’s because I was striving for perfection, and to do that is to set yourself up to fail.
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Hi, the welders wife article bought me here and Im so glad! Im on the journey but keep getting stuck and get a little frustrated and cant move on. Im a strong person and can usually get going easily but have noticed overwhelm lately. I need to reset and start again, thanks for your blog somehow finding me at the right time, Im getting out of bed and going to tackle what I have put off for months…today…now!
That is so awesome Yvette! Thank you for coming over and for sharing your thoughts. I appreciate it so much. Cheering you on…
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