What? You are probably asking what I mean by simple ways to declutter your life and mind. I honestly said the same thing when I learned about this.
Do you know that overwhelming experience that you feel on a day-to-day basis?
You are probably thinking of “declutter your life” meaning tidying up your home and organizing things and making sure that everything is clean. Though that is part of it. It’s not what I meant when I said decluttering your life and mind.
Don’t get me wrong, I love coming home to a house that is clean and organized. You can probably relate but my very first task of the day is to make my bed.
What I mean by it though is reorganizing every other aspect that can cause you to feel overwhelmed. Something that can cause you to feel anxious. And worried. So, below are the simple ways to declutter your life and mind.
Simple ways to declutter your life and mind
- Clear up your phone and social media
- Choose the data you consume
- Be picky with the people you spend time with
- Purge in your house
- Power of 5
- Be one with nature
Clear up your phone and social media
We use our phones as our source to kill time. To avoid awkward moments. To fill the void, that silence that we experience.
But do you know that your phone can be a cause of feeling overwhelmed and anxious?
This is why cleaning up your phone and social media is a way to declutter your life and mind.
The applications on your phone can be very overwhelming. The moment you open your eyes, the first thing you look at is your phone and all the apps on it. Reorganize it.
Categorize them in a way that makes sense to you. I categorized anything that is related to money as “I am abundant”. Applications related to learning as “I am wise”. And those related to health as “I am healthy”. (See images below to compare the difference).
Another tip would be decluttering your friends on social media. Friends on Facebook that you do not interact with, please unfriend them. People you follow on social media who do not add up to your mental wellness. Please do yourself a favor and unfollow them.
This tip was so liberating for me because it gave me peace of mind after. I don’t have to see negative posts. Or anything about hatred. Or posts that cause me to feel angry.
Choose the data you consume
Yes, choose the data that you consume. This can help you minimize the anxiety that you feel afterward.
One huge piece of data that does not help you is watching the news. Because when was the last time you watched the news and felt good?
It talks about recession. The coronavirus. War. And all other negative things. It’s not a bad thing to be in the know, but do not immerse yourself in it. News feeds your fear. Anxiety. And worry.
So, declutter your life by choosing the data you consume.
Be picky with the people you spend time with
In my blog post, 4 Ways to keep positivity in your life, I shared that in order to keep positivity in your life. You need to surround yourself with positive people. And don’t worry I will not say to get rid of the negative people in your life. Those people can be your partner. Your best friend or anyone close. But at least do yourself a favor and spend less time with them. It’s not always easy to do this, but your sanity and peace are important too. It’s not being selfish. Once you focus on yourself first, the better you show up for others. So declutter your life by being picky with the people you spend time with.
Declutter your life by purging in your house
Okay okay, I am not disregarding the people who like clutter and chaos. Somehow there are people who can effectively function in this type of environment. I wanted to focus on the people who thrive in a clean, organized, and tidy environment.
Cleaning my house is a stress reliever for me. It’s still true to this day. You may find it weird, but I find satisfaction in buying cleaning products. There is something about coming home with a clean and tidy house. It feels homey. If that makes sense.
But let’s get deeper into this. You know when you moved into your new home or apartment and it felt empty? Like you almost have no furniture and items in the house? Then somehow a year later, you look at all the things that you have accumulated over the years.
Yes! I can guarantee you that most of those things no longer serve you. So, declutter your life by purging in your house. Clothes that you never wore or no longer wear, donate them to the thrift store or charity.
I send most of my unused clothes back home.
Kitchen items that you said you need yet never used. Things in your garage that you bought because they were on sale but never used. Purge, purge, purge. This will lessen the burden and the overwhelm that you feel.
Declutter your life by meditating
One way to declutter your life and mind is by meditating. I say life and mind because meditation has that result. When you meditate, you don’t just clear your mind, it gives you a better direction in your life as well. It helps you refocus if you will.
I remember when I was starting my journey and was learning about meditation. It definitely caught my curiosity. I tried doing it but when I do, the first thing that comes to mind is food. Yup, you read it right. Food. I could not focus because I was getting hungry.
Until I learned about guided meditation and it changed the game for me. So, meditation may sound intimidating. But there are different types or ways of meditation. I learned from church today that we all meditate every day. How? We meditate by worrying.
This is so true. Because we sit in our minds going on a downward spiral within our own thoughts. This also confirms that whoever you are and wherever you are, you can meditate.
Guided meditation helped me find peace after a stressful day. It helps me refocus when I’m feeling overwhelmed. I even find healing in it when I’m hurting. Try this guided meditation and see how it goes for you.
The power of 5
Do you feel like you have so many things that you need to do but never had the time to do them?
Let me introduce you to the power of 5. This simple way is way more productive than when you are in your head thinking of things that you need to do. Yet tell yourself you don’t have time.
Disclaimer, tough love coming through. I have heard this time and time again, I wanted to do this. I wish I could do that. I’m interested…. but I don’t have the time.
How in the world can you say that you don’t have the time when you haven’t even tried?
Trust me, this was a slap on my face too. I learned that saying “I don’t have time is an excuse”.
There is an underlying fear in that excuse that is why you won’t even try. But what is even more painful for me when I was lectured about this was, that not having time means it’s not your priority.
So, if you wanted to start with personal development yet you say it’s too hard, I don’t have time.
If you want to lose weight, but failed because you don’t have time.
I don’t have time for myself because I’m busy with my family.
All these means that whatever it is that you are saying you don’t have time to, is just NOT. YOUR. PRIORITY.
I know, it heard a nerve for me too.
So, one way to declutter your life and mind of all the anxiety and guilt is to use the power of 5. This method is listing 5 items that you plan to do and accomplish tomorrow. Focus on one task and one task only. Once done, move on to the next.
I promise you, that you will be productive. And not having time will not even be in the picture. Try it and let me know how it goes in the comments below.
Being one with nature is a way to declutter your life
If you have been reading my blogs for the past 6 months, you have probably come across this. And yes, being one with nature is a way to declutter your life. It’s like a reset button.
This is why a lot of people want to go on vacations by the water. Some love being around trees.
There is something about being in nature that gives you that sense of peace. Calmness. And it regenerates and fills your energy.
I do this once in a while to reset. And honor me. To reflect on and celebrate my progress. I highly recommend it.
So there you go, 7 simple ways to declutter your life. This blog post if applied is a priceless token of information. It was life-changing for me, and I know it will be for you too.
I would love to read your thoughts below.