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.