Decluttering: Making Room for More Money

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Welcome back friends and family, to Education (Financial) Wednesdays section of my B.R.E.A.T.H.S. blog! For the month of July, I am documenting my journey to financial freedom. The first week, I started my journey with adjusting my money mindset. The second week, I shared my money magnet tracking strategies. Last week, I discussed how I build my financial literacy through education and business strategies. This final week, I am discussing how to declutter and make more room for more things to manifest. 

Manifesting Everything 

Believe it or not, we have manifested everything we currently have. We manifested money, love, travel, experiences, necessities, and material things. Look around you and try to remember how you felt when you wanted something, then how you felt when you got it, and now how do you feel about it? 

Variety of items my family manifested

Decluttering Life

Marie Kondo wrote a book and made a Netflix series on her method called, KonMari. She shows us how to declutter things in our life by picking it up, asking if it sparks joy, and if it does not, thank it and discard it in a loving way. Every time I made a move in the last four years (3x), I decluttered more and more, either by donating, giving to loved ones, or storing in my parents attic for memories or to sell at a later time.

Boxing, Moving, Donating

KonMari Tidying Categories:

  • Books
  • Clothes
  • Memories
  • Misc.
  • Paper

Places to Declutter:

  • Attic
  • Cabinets
  • Closets
  • Drawers
  • Garage
  • Office Space
  • Refrigerator/Freezer
  • Rooms
  • Storage
  • Vehicle
Our July 2022 Family Garage Sale


Conclusion on Clearing the Way to Wealth

Over the last couple months, I have been focusing on my financial journey, learning things one day at a time until I can master new money habits. In this first part of my path, I learned I need to declutter the things in my life to make room for more money and new things I want to manifest. A few weeks ago, I went up to my parents’ attic, grabbed a bunch of things to sell and had a two-day garage sale with my family. Not only did I get rid of loads of things, I managed to make a good amount of money to put away in my emergency savings that I am rebuilding. 


Thank you for reading,

Dr. Jaime Brainerd, E.d.D

About the Author

Dr. Brainerd

Hello, I am Dr. Jaime Brainerd Ed.D., a lifelong learner, beauty consultant, author, financial specialist, artist, traveler, health enthusiast, and self care advocate. Please follow my website for my B.R.E.A.T.H.S. blogs.

2 thoughts on “Decluttering: Making Room for More Money

  1. I have been following Marie Kondo’s holding an item and deciding if it still brings joy. If not. I will thank it and give it away. The problem is now that my husband is keeping things that don’t bring me joy. I hope they bring him joy but I think he keeps them out of guilt. A lot of things were handed down.

    Have you seen Marie’s system for folding kitchen towels. It has changed my life.

    Thanks for all these financial posts.

  2. Jaime, thanks for so wonderfully connecting *keeping* and *clutter* and *clearing* with money. I have been very interested in this connection for years, but I have never written about it. Anecdote: a niece of mine decided to try the KonMari method, category by category. She did *pants* as a singular category. Out of 27 pairs of pants, only 2 passed the standard. Her loving husband said simply, “I guess we need to get you some new pants!”

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