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Finding the Goldilocks Zone: How to Strike the Right Balance in Life


Finding the perfect balance in life, often referred to as the "Goldilocks Zone," where everything feels just right, is more about the quality of your experiences than the quantity of your possessions. It's not merely about minimalist living or having an abundance of gadgets; it's about creating a space and a lifestyle that brings joy, ease, and fulfillment. No person, or book, or strategy can know what brings balance to your space; this is your experience!

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Love your space!

Flight Fight Freeze

In the modern hustle and bustle of daily living, we often find ourselves surrounded by an ever-growing collection of things. While there might not be a universally perfect number of possessions one should own, research suggests that there’s definitely a tipping point where too much clutter begins to negatively affect our well-being.

While there is no magic number of how many to own or something, there is certainly is having too many things for your body/brain to deal with.

Indeed, the spaces we inhabit aren't just physical locations—they're extensions of our mental and emotional landscapes.

Trauma Responses

A cluttered home, as it turns out, isn't just an eyesore; it's a trigger for our body's stress responses, activating the primal flight-or-fight mechanism. This reaction, while invaluable in genuine danger, is less so when provoked by a pile of unsorted mail or a closet crammed to the brim. The result? Elevated cortisol levels and hormonal imbalances that no amount of positive thinking can tidy away.

The clutter around us can become a constant source of low-grade stress, subtly draining our energy and diminishing our ability to focus and create.


Beyond All or Nothing: Align with Your Goals

Simplifying your space doesn't necessarily mean stripping it down to the bare essentials—it means keeping those things that enhance your life and letting go of the clutter that drains your energy. Reflect on what matters in your dealing with items over and over the most effective use of your resources or is the goal time with loved ones, enjoying retirement, and keeping life simple?

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Summer time events!

This approach can significantly reduce stress and free up time to enjoy life's pleasures—be it family, summer barbecues, or preparing for a leisurely retirement.


Take Action Now

  • Recycle those boxes you've been saving.

  • Take a trip a Eco-station for outdated or broken. Electronics/phones/batteries or anything else collecting dust.

  • Donate or Consign outgrown clothes and shoes.

  • Memorabilia from sports or work still in boxes or piles? Donate or Toss.

  • Lanyards, trinkets, surplus of pens and reusable bags? Donate or toss.

  • Mail, house hold-gadgets, and even those "just-in-case" trinkets. Donate or toss.


Back to Basics

Adopting a "back to basics" philosophy can sometimes be the key to a more satisfying life. This doesn't imply a rejection of modern conveniences but suggests a more thoughtful selection of what truly makes life easier and more enjoyable.

For instance, a high-tech home gadget might save time, but is it adding to your peace of mind or just adding to your list of things to manage?

Also saving items or memorabilia for family is delaying making a decision. Dealing with your 'stuff' now can free up metal space for you and you loved ones. Refer to the blog post "Swedish Death Cleaning" for this useful technique



Taking action to declutter is not merely a physical task; it's a profound act of self-care that can pave the way to greater mental clarity and emotional balance.

By focusing on what genuinely improves your daily life, you can create a more harmonious balance that allows for growth, relaxation, and joy. Embrace the journey to your personal Goldilocks Zone, where everything feels "just right," allowing you to live fully and with intention.


At Perfectly Purged, we're here to help! We understand that sometimes new processes can feel daunting and outside of your comfort zone. But that's where we come in. Our mission is to support your journey and listen closely to your aspirations and goals. We often hear clients say, "I see how you do it and feel like I can tackle the next project or keep it up!" This feedback is what drives us. By providing you with the tools, insights, and support you need, we aim to transform uncertainty into capability.

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