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Do you want to live a more simple lifestyle? Is the physical clutter and mental clutter starting to clog up your happiness? Decluttering your home, mind, and life may be the answer you need.
Working through the decluttering process in different areas of your life can seem so daunting, but it doesn’t have to feel that way. You will be on your way to a clutter-free home and a clutter-free life in no time with some help!
Where do I start? How do I declutter my home and physical space? 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 decluttering journey to a simpler lifestyle. They can seem overwhelming at first, but if you take them step by step, you will be on the way to a better life in no time!
I have put together a step-by-step guide on how to get started decluttering different areas of your life. I have included steps to take and advice on how to make this process easier. These are all from my personal experience of going through the decluttering experience.
You can do this!
Clutter is not just the stuff on your floor- It’s anything that stands in between you and the life you want to be living.Peter Walsh
Why Should I Declutter My Home, Mind, and Life?
Having a decluttered and organized living space will create a less chaotic environment in your home. You will be able to breathe better, and cleaning up on a daily basis will be easier because everything will have a place!
Decluttering your mind will cut down on the moments that you stress out because there’s too much going on in your mind! You will be able to keep up with your thoughts better and be more productive in your home, at work, and in your life overall.
Decluttering your life will create a more simple lifestyle. Being busy and cluttering up your schedule with things you don’t want to do creates a chaotic life.
If you are on a journey to a simpler life, then decluttering your home, mind, and life are important steps to take!
How Often Do You Feel Overwhelmed by 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 and decluttering! Purging and decluttering 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!
What Does it Mean to Declutter?
Declutter is defined as “to remove things you do not need from a place, to make it more pleasant and more useful.”
To declutter means to get rid of things that you no longer need or use. These can be physical things in your home, your thoughts, or obligations on your schedule.
Having too much stuff keeps you from reaching your goals or having peace in life.
What Are the Benefits of Decluttering?
A decluttered home, mind, and life can have many benefits!
- Less Stress– A decluttered space, home, mind, and calendar will cause less stress in your life which is a positive thing for your health.
- You Will Be More Focused– A cluttered space is one of the most distracting things! It makes it hard to find what you need and to keep your mind off the clutter around you. Having a decluttered space will allow you to focus better on whatever you’re working on.
- Positive Thinking– Going from having a cluttered, disorganized, and messy home to an organized, clutter-free space can boost your confidence!
- Improved Lifestyle Overall– Having a clean home, fewer social events, and a clear mental space creates peace of mind and a happier life.
Do You Need Some Inspiration?
It can be hard to get motivated to declutter your home, mind, and life. It can seem overwhelming and can feel like the results will take a long time to see.
Positive changes in your life are so important and rewarding!
Marie Kondo is also an inspiration. She shares about the Japanese art of decluttering in her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
Between these books, you will be able to accomplish everything you strive for in your home, mind, and life.
Set goals and figure out the best ways to motivate yourself to achieve them.
If you are interested in more motivational books, check out some of my favorites here!
De-Clutter Your Home
When I first wanted to start my simple life journey, I began by decluttering 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 declutter my entire home at least once a year and often find myself going through different things around my home more often than that.
IT IS SO FREEING to go through and get rid of unused things, old stuff, and unwanted 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 decluttering list helped me focus on going through the different rooms in our house.
What I wanted to know was why my husband and I had so much stuff which resulted in so much clutter! Why had we collected so much stuff already when we had only been married a few years? It was crazy when I stood back and looked at all the THINGS we had that we did not use or need. It can be easy to fill our homes with material items we don’t need in such little time. You may feel the same way!
If you know one thing about me, it should be that my label maker is one of my favorite things that I own. It is such a simple thing, yet it brings me so much joy. I labeled boxes, containers, and anything else that needed it. It is the easiest way to know what goes where.
Everything having a place (even in small spaces) is how I continue to keep my house organized daily. It makes cleaning up and organizing my house easier because I know where everything should go rather than trying to find a place to put things as I tidy up.
The process of purging, decluttering, and home organization is freeing. You will feel refreshed. You will feel relieved. You will be able to breathe and it will decrease stress. You will want to continue decluttering for the rest of your life.
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DeClutter 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 declutter your mind is to stop having so many things that take up space in your mind. A lot of times things will cross our minds and we try to remember them while having other things going on before we can get to take care of what has crossed our minds.
It is exhausting to always have so much on our minds! 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 printouts 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. It is an effective way to clear your mind and get the weight of life out of your mind and onto paper.
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 declutter your mind before bed or before starting your day.
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Declutter your life
The social calendar can be overwhelming sometimes can’t it? I often feel like my husband and I don’t ever have anything to do, and then other times we are so busy we are barely home! We prefer to be home when we can. It’s not that we don’t enjoy spending time with our family members, seeing our friends, or attending other events, but we also enjoy the peace of being home. And we deserve to relax and spend time together at home doing whatever makes us happy.
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.
One of the simple ways to fix this problem is by learning to say no. 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 the first steps in decluttering your life is to evaluate the commitments that you have made.
To evaluate the commitments you have, grab a pen and some paper to make a list of the commitments you have in your life. 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? When was the last time one of these commitments was for you?
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. Not having a packed full schedule will allow you more time at home, more time to spend with your husband and kids, and more time to do things you want to do.
A simple life and intentional living come from not being on the go all the time.
After evaluating your commitments and looking over them, I would start by cutting back on at least one of the commitments and see how it goes. Do you miss it? Are you having a hard time without this commitment in your life? Does your family miss it?
Then continue this process until you have decluttered your life to the point where you feel comfortable, less hectic, and like you have time to breathe.
Do you have any tips about decluttering your home, mind, and life? I would love for you to share them. I am always looking for new ways to declutter areas in my life!
Until next time,