Day 29 / 100: Declutter for Mind Boosting Power #the100dayproject #100daysOfBrainPower
We all collect things as we move through life. But, many times the physical objects begin to pile up and with that physical clutter comes mental and emotional clutter as well. Clutter blocks the flow of energy in our lives and clearing this out is guaranteed to help improve our emotional well-being.
The benefits of decluttering go way beyond making your home look like a Pinterest board or a Martha Stewart showroom. Studies link organized homes to less stressed, happier and healthier people. Clutter is actually a pile of decisions that haven’t been made. If you pick something up, make a decision then and there about it and either put it where it belongs or discard it.
Therefore, decluttering your physical space can have an amazingly uplifting effect on your mood. It can also have a cathartic effect on people emotionally. When we let go of things we've been hoarding for a long time, we often let go of emotional memories we've been hanging onto along with them and so by clearing physical clutter you can clear space in your head and in your heart as well as your home.
But why are these decisions so hard to make? I feel this way constantly. Maybe you feel this way as well because you feel guilty for wasting money, or tossing objects connected to old goals. Maybe you get caught up in the cycle of “I might need this later,” or “this could be worth something.” Or maybe you’re just feeling overwhelmed by a pile of crap.
At the end of the day, only you can decide what objects, tasks and routines are meaningful to you and which are just clutter.
Try these tips from “Life Organizers” to inspire your productivity and mindset and learn how to declutter your life.
Tips for clearing your Physical clutter: 1) Look at your home and identify the areas that need decluttering. Break it down into small tasks that can be tackled over a period of time, rather than one big project to be done in a day. Start small with everyday areas like the kitchen table and build momentum towards the areas you avoid because the idea of tackling them is just overwhelming. 2) Go through your stuff and for each item ask yourself Do I love it? Do I need it? Do I use it? If you can answer yes to any of them, it stays. If it's no to all, then it goes. 3) Divide everything into four piles: Keep, Recycle, Donate and Dump. As soon as you're done, remove the items that aren't staying straight away and deliver them to their new destination.
Tips for clearing your Mental/Emotional Clutter: 1) Make a list of anything you've been procrastinating over and ask yourself why you have been putting it off. What can you tackle and what can you let go of? When you're clear on what you definitely have to be done, make a plan and get to it. 2) Let go of anger and forgive. When somebody hurts you badly, it's a normal response to feel anger, and to not want to forgive. But anger is bad for your health, both physical and emotional, so it's actually in your interests to let it go and forgive the other person. Forgiving them doesn't mean you have to welcome them back into your life with open arms, it just means letting go of the memory of what they've done to you and the feelings that go with it. 3) Say no to people and activities that drag you down. Instead, surround yourself with people who uplift you and do things that make you feel great!
Most importantly give yourself permission to recognize when an object no longer adds value to your life. Many of us see these perfect spaces in magazines or on TV and we feel guilty that our homes, even at their best, have never looked that nice. You aren't going for perfection, you're going for function and less chaos. Allow yourself to be a little ruthless, but also remember that freeing yourself from clutter is a form of self-care. Develop clutter free habits in every aspect of your life and you will enjoy an easier flow through life on a continuous basis.💪👍👏
What is your favorite organizing tip or how do you get rid of clutter in your life?
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