When I was first introduced to essential oils I used them as healthier air fresheners. I loved they way they made my home smell! I’d heard about using oils to support and even redirect your emotions but I was dubious. Once I read the science behind how essential oils affect emotions, I decided to give it a try. Now that I have had personal proof of oils supporting my moods, I decided to create a blend of essential oils to support decluttering.
An Essential Oil Recipe to Support Decluttering
My clients have too much clutter in their lives. Their reasons for holding on to their “stuff” can be as practical as “I might need it someday” to reasons more psychological. I am not a psychiatrist or therapist but often as I work with my clients the reasons for purchasing more clothes than they need or wanting to hold on the hundreds of books becomes apparent. And with that realization comes a release, and freedom.
Decluttering is about getting rid of the items in your life that no longer serve you. Or letting go of items that serve someone you no longer want to be. This is complicated and emotion-laden stuff.
I’ll give you an example from my own life. I had purchased a special knife that allows you to cut vegetables and fruit giving them that crinkled, fancy look. I had not used that knife in 4 years. Now, every time I opened that drawer I felt a little guilty. “Why don’t you take the time to go the extra mile for your guests and family and serve them fancy food?” Typing that out seems silly, but emotions are far from logical. That knife made me feel less than.
And then one day when I opened that knife drawer something kicked in. “Daria,” I said “You have a scrapbook for each year of your children’s lives. You are growing your own business. There is not enough time in the world to do everything perfectly. AND-you don’t even like fancy parties! You’d much rather get together with one or two good friends. And that’s OK.” So out went that knife and it felt great!
So how can we use essential oils to hurry that thought process along and support our decluttering efforts? I decided to try my hand at making a custom blend to use with my clients who love essential oils while we declutter. The emotions we dealing with when decluttering can include one or more of the following:
- our attachment to things (rather than people or experiences)
- anxiety in throwing away or donating things
- seeking a transformation in our homes and lives
- focus on the often large task at hand
- strength to address sometimes irrational emotions or fears
- being gentle/not judging ourselves
The Decluttering Essential Oil Recipe
In order to create my blend I first went to www.gotoilsupplies.com to stock up on supplies and picked up some amber colored roller bottles and their beautiful gold vinyl labels. Next, I researched various oils to discover their emotional benefits. After playing around with lots of oils I settled on these favorites, which are also readily available. I had lots of wonderful adjectives to choose from in the label pack I purchased but I decided to call my blend “Inspire.” This essential oil blend will inspire you to declutter. I want you to live in a home that has items of value and meaning with nothing to weigh down your goals and dreams.
- Peppermint-the ultimate energizing oil to help you power through! (decluttering can be tiring!!) (7 drops)
- Eucalyptus-also helps fight fatigue and encourages concentration (3 drops)
- Bergamot-which can help with insecurity, fatigue, and anxiety (5 drops)
- Lemongrass-helps you enter into cleaning mode (3 drops)
Try using this recipe in a diffuser near the area where you will be decluttering. Or, prepare a roller bottle for yourself and roll on your wrists and the soles of your feet. Also, place a few drops in your hands and inhale deeply before you start your project. Use this blend as a pick-me-up mid project too!
I’ve used this blend with great success on clients to help us cut through the negative emotions that bind us to “things” and inspire us to clean and keep us focused on the task at hand.
I’d love to know how this recipe supports you in your efforts to reduce the number of possessions in your home. Comment below!