Declutter Your Life
Decluttering Tips For Your Physical And Emotional Freedom
Our home is an outward indication of our inner experience-a reflection of our personality. What I have in my home expresses how I live and how I decorate (or don’t decorate). Pictures I have on my wall tell others about who I am. My home tells my family story, what we enjoy doing, how we are feeling, and how we spend our time.
I believe that every part of our home is an outer picture of our mental and emotional selves. Therefore, decluttering your life and home can be such an exhausting process. You are literally letting go of mental and emotional aspects of yourself.
Some things I need to consider before pulling the plug on my clutter.
Can I disconnect from this item? Has this item outgrown its usefulness in my life? Is this item keeping me stuck? I should be able to say yes to all three questions before starting my journey to physical and emotional freedom.
Physical clutter can make us feel overwhelmed and affect us emotionally. We fill our homes, our cars, or iPhone and our minds with more than we can manage. Most of us have felt that the more we have, the happier we will be, but all it does is perpetuate the feeling of being overwhelmed. This kind of thinking clogs our mind and our home. When we clear up physical clutter, we can clear up space in our physical space.
Four tips for clearing your physical clutter
- Before you start, make sure you have a home for everything in each room. You will need a few garbage bags, so you can recycle, donate, or dump items that will not be occupying space in your home.
- Start small with your kitchen counter or coffee table. These are the areas that are usually our biggest eye sore problem. We have piles of papers we don’t want to deal with. Set the timer for 15 or 30 minutes. Divide your papers into workable categories (ex… deal with, file it, garbage). When time is up, stop for the day. Work in a way that you will not feel overwhelmed.
- Go through each room, and for each item that is cluttering your life, asks yourself, do I love it? Do I need it? Do I use it? If your answer is no to all three, feel free to free yourself from clutter.
- Once your big clean out is done, avoid a new build-up by doing a regular clean out once a month.
Clutter is not only physical. We can also have mental and emotional clutter that is caused by fears. It can stem from mental fears, such as fear of our boss, spouse, or anything that overwhelms our mind. It can also be from negative verbal habits we have. Such as, I can’t start my own blog without a mentor, I can’t clean this house because I’m too tired. All of this negative energy blocks the flow of positive energy in our lives and clutters our minds.
Five tips for clearing your Mental/Emotional Clutter
- There’s a brutal truth in life: We have no control over many of the things that happen in our lives. Therefore, we can learn what few actions we can control. When we put our energy into the things we can control, we are much more effective.
- Become unstuck emotionally by facing your fears and dealing with them one step at a time.
- There is a saying, “Change is a result of action, and action is the result of a decision.” Each of us has the ability and the power to make a change in our thinking by making a decision to change our thinking.
- Change has to be put into action, whether it’s by meditating, journaling, taking walks, or talking to a close friend.
- Your standard of life is determined by the decisions you make about yourself and your personal possessions.
By developing clutter free habits in every aspect of life, we all can enjoy an easier flow through life continuously.