Truth be told, if someone was to look at planet earth from space at this moment in time, they would be excused to think of us as a dumb race. There is so much stuff around us because we always buy things we don’t need with moneys we don’t have to impress people who do not really care. The result of all this is that we end up with an accumulation of goods that do not make us any happier. We tend to work a lot and keep ourselves busy doing things that do not need to be done at all. Close to 1.5 million in the United States suffer heart attacks each year because of the high levels of stress and anxiety brought about by the lifestyle we live.
Getting rid of clutter would make us live in simplicity which in turn will give us great happiness and wellness. Clutter is stagnant energy and the moment you get rid of it, you will free up space and time in your life to concentrate on the most critical things.
The Starting Point
If you want to gain the freedom that comes with living a clutter-free life, you need commitment and willpower. Starting from one room, eliminate unnecessary things that you are clinging onto and yet you do not need. Think of your books and clothes and the stuff that is lying in your kitchen. It would be really nice if you got rid of it. Get boxes or bags; one for charity, one for recycling, one for trash and another for the things you are yet to decide on. As you declutter your rooms, ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I really need this item?
- Have I used this in the past one year or six months?
- Can this help another person out there other than me?
- How possible is it that I can get this again when I dispose it?
These questions will help you eliminate the things that you do not need by simplifying your decision making process. For the box containing the things that you have not decided on, put it in a storage somewhere and after six months, you can go back to it and see what you can give out.
Organize the Rest
Whatever remains after you eliminate the clutter, ensure you organize it well by putting it in the right storage. Decide where everything should be stored and the possibility of getting extra storage if what you have is not enough. However, be careful not to get more storage than you actually need because this can prompt you to start accumulating other items.
Declutter Your Mind
After the physical decluttering process, it is now the turn of the mind. Remove any unnecessary thoughts that hinder you from living a calm, happy and stress-free life. Because the mind stores lots of responsibilities, commitments, hopes, plans and dreams, it can be a very busy place. The following are some of the ways of decluttering your mind.
- Put down everything on paper as this clears your mind
- Plan and schedule what needs to be done
- Focus on what is important such as your main intentions and goals and let the rest fade into insignificance
- Limit your consumption of information because some news especially the negative ones can affect the quality of your mind
- Journal to calm the mind – Writing down your dreams, thoughts and worries can lift some pressure off your mind.
- Spend time with nature as this is a great detox for both your mind and body
Decluttering your mental and physical space will give you happiness, peace, and an ability to focus more intently on what is essential thereby making you productive and efficient.