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Working on de-cluttering different areas of your life can seem so daunting! Where do I start? How do I de-clutter my home? How do I make my mind stop racing? How do I make my life more simple? These are some questions I asked myself when I began the journey to a simpler lifestyle. They can seem overwhelming at first, but if you take them step by step, you will be there in no time!
I have put together some information on how to get started de-cluttering different areas of your life. I have included steps to take, and advice on how to make this process easier. You can do this!
How often do you feel overwhelmed by the things in your life? There are so many things that consume our lives. Clutter in our houses, clutter on our phones, and family and social obligations are just a few of those things.
If you feel overwhelmed by the clutter or obligations in your life, it’s time to take action and start purging! Purging your home and mind will bring you one step closer to a simpler lifestyle.
If you’re like me, you have dreamed of having a simpler lifestyle. It is attainable and oh-so-worth the work to get there!
De-Clutter Your Home
When I first wanted to start my simple life journey, I began with de-cluttering my home. I feel like the first step towards living a simpler lifestyle starts within the four walls of your home.
Now, I try to de-clutter my entire home at least once a year, and often find myself going through things more often than that.
IT IS SO FREEING to go through and get rid of things.
I started with the smallest room in the house- the laundry room. I went through all the junk in there (It is, unfortunately, the catch-all of the house). Then, I went through the larger rooms like the bedroom, closets, and kitchen. I had made three different piles while cleaning out which were things to donate, things to sell, and things to throw away.
Using this de-cluttering list really helped me focused on going through the different rooms in our house.
What I wanted to know was why my husband and I had so much stuff. Why had we collected so much stuff already when we had only been married a few years. It was crazy when I really stood back and looked at all the THINGS we had that we did not use or need.
Once I went through and got rid of many things we no longer needed, including toxic cleaners, I began to organize everything.
If you know one thing about me, it should be that my label maker is one of my favorite things that I own. Such a simple thing, yet it brings me so much joy. I labeled boxes, containers, and anything else that needed it.
Everything having a place is how I continue to keep my house organized daily. It makes cleaning up my house easier because I know where everything should go rather than trying to find a place to put things to tidy up.
The process of purging, de-cluttering, and organizing is freeing. You will feel refreshed. You will feel relieved. And you will want to continue de-cluttering the rest of your life.
De-Clutter Your Mind
One of my favorite ways to de-clutter my mind is to make lists. Lists not only keep your life organized, but they also help with getting things off your mind and down on paper. This helps to de-clutter your mind.
The main thing that will help de-clutter your mind is to stop having so many things that take up space in your mind. One of my favorite ways to get all my thoughts out of my mind is to use a brain dump list. A brain dump is when you write down everything, I mean everything, that is on your mind.
From there, I like to sort those thoughts into different categories. Things on the brain dump list that I cannot get done right away, I will put on a master to-do list.
Things that can be done in the next day or two will go on my regular to-do list. Things I need to buy will go on a to-buy list. I will also make a list of people I need to call or email. The lists continue until I have everything sorted out.
Having these thoughts sorted into categories and written down will help you keep better track of them and will allow you to see them and mark them off as they are completed (which is the best feeling)!
You can grab print outs of all these lists below!
It allows you to clear out what’s on your mind, write down your thoughts and wishes, and get to know yourself better.
I love journaling! I enjoy writing about my days, how I am feeling, things I am thankful for, and simply clearing my mind. It’s a great way to de-clutter your mind before bed or before starting your day.
De-clutter your life
Ah, the social calendar… do you really want to be doing all the things you have said yes to? That is my biggest problem. I feel like I have to say yes to everything, which results in my calendar always being full!
But learning to say no to things you don’t want to do or don’t have time to do will make you feel so much better! One of my biggest goals this year is learning to say no and not feeling bad about it!
One of the first steps in de-cluttering your life is to evaluate the commitments that you have made.
To evaluate the commitments you have, you need to grab a pen and some paper to make a list of these commitments. Commitments can include anything from family, work, social and civic duties, kids, hobbies, and more.
Once you have written all your commitments down, look over them.
Are you devoting more time than you should be to some things in your life? Are there some commitments that bring your life no joy or value?
Next, you should decide whether or not there are some commitments you can cut back on. Eliminating some obligations can be the hardest step in all of this, but it is so worth it.
I would start by cutting back on at least one of these commitments and see how it goes. Then continue this process until you have de-cluttered your life to the point you feel comfortable, less hectic, and like you have time to breathe.
Until next time,