Declutter your life

“Declutter” Your Life:
By: Diane Lang
It’s almost spring (even though we have snow on the ground) and spring is the time we get the craving for  de-cluttering our lives both emotionally and physically. When we have too much clutter in our lives, we become stressed out, overwhelmed, and stagnant.  When people talk about clutter, they talk about clutter at your homes, at work, your closets, etc.
For me, when we have cluttered lives, it means we aren’t living simply. Clutter can affect all parts of your life and if we just lived a simpler lifestyle, we can reduce the clutter and stress and feel more balanced.
Here are some tips on decluttering your life:

1. Make sure to have at least one day each week to just be. I call this: “A day of simplicity”.
Decide what this day will look like. Will it mean a day without technology? A day of play and fun?
A day filled with meditation, conversations, rest and relaxation or all the above? You decide what living simply means to you. For me, it means a day without a watch. No time limits. With no time limits, I feel no pressures. What does your day of simplicity look like?

2. When we have too much clutter, it means we are holding onto past baggage and worrying too much about the future. At night, I have so much clutter that it prevents me from sleeping. I keep thinking: “What I could of done? Should of done? Etc.”
So, from now on, change your thought process.
Use the past as a learning experience  and then, let it go.
Plan for the future. Set up your 401, your 529, etc and then let it go.
Live in the present.

3. Emotional Detox – remove any toxic people from your life and you will naturally remove some clutter. If you can’t remove all of them, then set up boundaries and limitations so you can feel mentally healthy.

4. Gratitude and clutter – I talked about this in # 2, when we try to go to sleep and we have all this emotional clutter in our heads, we have problems sleeping. The best way to reduce clutter at night is through gratitude. Your last five minutes before you fall asleep should be done in gratitude mode. Instead of thinking about the “should have’s”, think about what you already have. Ask yourself the question: What am I grateful for? Then answer it. This will change your perspective. It will reduce your stress and remove the negative clutter and help you sleep peacefully,

5. Remove old habits and thought patterns. If we continue on with negative thoughts and habits, we will always remain in a state of clutter and stress. You can change your old thoughts and  start new habits. It is all possible. Remember, what you think produces your actions. So if you think negative, you will act negative BUT if you think positive thoughts, you will act in a positive manner. How you think is your choice. First become aware of your negative thoughts and comments. Once you realize your negativity, you can change it.

6. Each week make sure to “Stop and smell the flowers, because it is true! We are happiest when we enjoy the simple pleasures. It could be enjoying your morning cup of coffee or a walk out in nature.  When we stop to enjoy the small pleasures we naturally slow down and enjoy life.

7. Declutter your life by spending time in nature. We feel a sense of calm and peace when we are outside. Nature rejuvenates us and gives us a feeling of starting fresh.

8. If you are decluttering your home or work space- be realistic. Start small and take baby steps. Every time you accomplish a goal you will feel a sense of positive reinforcement which will motivate you to move forward.  If you’re decluttering your home, throw away everything you haven’t used in six months or longer. This includes all material things. When we detach from material items it brings a sense of freedom.

Monday, March 13, 7pm – Positive Psychology – Finding Your Happiness
Basking Ridge Community School, NJ
Phone: 973-443-9222
Tuesday, March 14, 7pm – Positive Psychology – Finding Your Happiness
Roxbury Public Library, NJ
Phone: 973-584-2400
Thursday, March 16, 6pm – Positive Psychology – Finding Your Happiness
NY College, NYC campus
Phone: 516-264-0808 ext 130
Saturday, March 18, 10am – Wellness Expo
Georgian Court University, NJ
Phone: 732-987-2663
Tuesday, March 21, 7pm – Emotional Detox – Removing the Toxic People
Princeton Adult School, NJ
Phone: 609-683-1101
Wednesday, March 22, 7pm – Declutter Your Life & Reduce Stress
Emerson Community School, NJ
Phone: 201-262-5502
Thursday, March 23- April 6, 6:30pm – Positive Psychology – Finding Your Happiness – 3 Week Class
Warren Community College, NJ
Phone: 908-835-2333
Monday, March 27, 7pm – Declutter Your Life & Reduce Stress
Westfield Community School, NJ
Phone: 973-443-9222
Tuesday, March 28, 6pm – Positive Psychology- Finding Your Happiness
Hofstra University, NY
Phone: 516-463-7200
Thursday, March 30, 10am – Emotional Detox – Dealing with Negative People
Great Horizons- Morristown, NJ
Phone: 973-292-2063
Diane Lang – Positive Living Expert, life coach and psychotherapist – is a nationally recognized speaker, author, educator, therapist and media expert. Lang is extremely mediagenic and offers expertise on a variety of health and wellness topics about creating balance and finding happiness through positive living as well as multiple mental health, lifestyle and parenting needs. In addition to holding multiple counseling positions, Diane is also an adjunct at Montclair State University.
Lang has been interviewed for numerous magazine and newspaper articles and has been a frequent guest on radio and TV shows including “Fox & Friends” on the Fox News Network. Lang a regular featured expert on the “Expat Show” broadcasted weekly on the New York ABC affiliate WTBQ-AM, and a Blogger.

Lang speaks to employees of large companies to help reduce stress in the workplace and speaks to parents about how to create balance and find happiness along with a variety of other health and wellness topics. For Rates or to Book Diane Lang, contact:
Diane is also the author of two books: “Baby Steps: The Path from Motherhood to Career” and “Creating Balance and Finding Happiness.

About Finding your happiness

Diane Lang, practicing therapist, national speaker, educator, and certified positive psychology coach, has her master’s degree in counseling and is an adjunct in psychology at Montclair State University. She has written three books, and has been featured in various publications, and on TV and Internet shows. Diane speaks on various mental and emotional health topics including Happiness, Resiliency, Stress management, Parenting Positive Aging, Anxiety, and Depression in both teens and adults. Diane also specializes in Positive Psychology Positive Education and Positive Parenting. Thousands of individuals have benefited from Diane’s motivational and educational speaking, trainings, and coaching. Her Hands-on approach along with her background, education and experience has proven to be beneficial to all who attend her presentation. To learn more on how you could bring Diane to your organization please email
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