We have heard of decluttering our homes a lot, but decluttering our lives are just as important. Clutter is anything that doesn’t deserve a place in your life, it really can be in any area of your life, mentally or physically. Clutter can cause unnecessary stress on us. Coming into the new year, this is the perfect time to declutter ourselves.
So how do we declutter? Starting with our minds first is important, because if we aren’t in the right mindset to start, then decluttering our schedule and our homes will be difficult. Think Mind, Time, Home.
Decluttering your mind. Determine which mindset and thoughts are holding you back. These can be untrue thoughts or unhealthy thoughts that make you keep dwelling on the past or making bad choices. Sometimes we tend to give way too many thoughts to things we shouldn’t or don’t need to. This is where we need to start reviewing our mindset and feeding ourselves with thoughts that will help us grow daily. Start by practicing mindfulness in small ways, maybe by trying to eat cleaner or going for walks daily.
Decluttering our schedule. If we do not declutter our time, its easy to feel overwhelmed or exhausted. When our schedules are full, we do not feel like we have time for ourselves and stress is created. To declutter your schedule, look at your non negotiables or obligations and then determine what ‘needs to go’. Or alternatively, look at ways you are ‘wasting your time’. Or maybe you need to do both.
Decluttering your home. Clutter in the home can make chores or life seem so much harder. You can start by making 3 piles. Keep, donate and bin. Its important to remove anything that doesn’t serve you a purpose anymore, as hard as it may be sometimes. Decluttering the home can be a real accomplishment and a real stress relief. Think about this; when you do a real spring clean of your clothes and you bag up all the clothes that can be donated, how good does it feel not only physically but mentally, that you were able to give those clothes to the less fortunate. That it wasn’t a total waste and that someone else has full use out of those clothes that you have been holding onto because you just couldn’t part with it, even though it’s been untouched in your wardrobe for 3 years.
Decluttering our lives is an extremely important process for us to grow as people. If we don’t get rid of the things in our lives that have no purpose for us anymore, how can we possibly have room for anything new to come into our lives?
- Coach Danni