The idea of decluttering often is associated with ‘cleaning’ or clearing out ‘stuff’ that is taking up some prime real estate in your life.
Be it in your physical, mental, emotional or spiritual space.
If something takes up your energy in an unproductive way that keeps you stress and stuck in life, you got to let it go.
Sounds simple enough right?
As humans, we are habitual creatures. Research has shown that 45% of what we do on a daily basis is habitual. This means half of the thoughts we choose to think about and the decisions we choose to make and do in life is determined by the quality of our thoughts and habits.
And when it comes to maintaining a clutter free environment in our lives, there are certainly habits we can practice more regularly to help us better manage our energy and flow in life instead of being weighed down by ‘stuff’.
How often do you put your needs aside in order to please others? Or,
Continue to hold on to something, be it a belief, story or a physical object that has long past its expiry date.
When our external environment ends up calling the shots in our life, it is our call to action to stop, observe and re-connect with ourselves.
Yet a lot of times we choose to power through. We ignore the discomfort we feel in our body and what we sense in our mind. We create excuses and convince ourselves otherwise that this is temporary.
This too shall pass.
Or you may hold the belief that we should continue to persist in life because it is a testament to our character and strength.
But sometimes strength is also consciously knowing when to let go, and knowing when we need to take back our control to honor our own internal desires and safeguard our well-being.
Because when we don’t do this, our lives become cluttered with things, thoughts, emotions, activities and people that drains us.
Instead of letting things build up, you can manage the clutter in your life before it gets out of hand and affects your wellbeing.
What is Clutter?
Anything that drains you or takes up space in your environment that doesn’t serve a purpose in your life. Physically, it is anything that looms in your closet, home, office space that you no longer have the use for or have not touched in more than a year. They are either junk, unfinished projects you’ve told yourself you’ll finish, or activities you’ve signed yourself up for but your heart is not feeling it. It is anything that energetically takes a toll on you with no benefits in return.
Mentally, you may be clouded with negative and disempowering thoughts that affects your ability to think clearly, be creative and produce ideas.
Emotionally, you are hanging around people who are consistently downers and drains your energy.
Spiritually, it is when your needs are drowned out by the noise and clutter in your physical, mental and emotional space.
Here are 7 habits that successful people employ regularly to maintain a clutter-free environment.
When stuff doesn’t hold you down, you have space, time and energy available to do things that gives you pleasure and stimulate the energy flow to promote heath, happiness and abundance in your life.
1. Declutter your work and living spaces
When you come across something in your home or office space that you no longer need or want, toss it. Or if you think ‘it may come in handy some day’ put it in a box or somewhere out of sight.
If you haven’t visited your box in a year, it is time to throw it away. Alternatively, you can donate it or try selling it.
2. Have a vision of what you want to create in your work and living spaces
Before purchasing any furnishings for your home, it is good to have an idea on how you see it being used in the space to meet your needs and what it would feel like. Have a vision of what you are trying to create in the space and what function is it going to add. In approaching it this way you can save yourself from accumulating things and the time to get rid of it.
3. Drop any activity that doesn’t contribute to your growth
- Be deliberate in what you choose to spend time and energy on.
- Make a list of the activities you currently are doing.
- What are the activities doing for you?
- Which are important and necessary?
- Are there are any non-essential obligations?
- What can you delegate?
- What can you throw away?
4. Be picky with who you give your time and energy to
- Be deliberate in who you surround yourself with and give your time to.
- As Jim Rohn said, ‘You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.’
- So make a list of the people you hang around the most.
- What are they doing for you?
- Do they inspire you or drain you?
- What have they got you thinking?
- What have they got you becoming?
5. Keep a notebook by your side
This is good for brain dumping fabulous ideas that comes to you so that you won’t have to utilize your brain power to remember it.
It is also useful for dumping out negative thoughts and feelings that is keeping you up at night to help you process, let go, find clarity and come to terms with what it is you need to do to find relief in a matter.
Sometimes I even find just jotting down a few things I am grateful for can help pivot my negative thoughts to a more neutral headspace. And that alone gets me re-centered and re-focused on what is important, uncluttering the noise in my mind.
6. Schedule time to meditate
Research has shown that people who meditate are more grounded, more focused and are more in control. As little as 10 minutes day can make a huge difference in keeping you from being hi-jacked by negative thoughts and emotions.
7. Schedule time to exercise
There are countless studies that show exercise does your body good.
Yet it is one of the first things we let it fall by the wayside when we are stressed and under a lot of pressure.
So why not schedule it in so that it takes up space in your calendar instead of the other way around where you are trying to unclutter your schedule to make room for exercise.
Over to you.
It is time to implement one or two of these ideas regularly and dust off the pollutants in your life.
Be it people, activities or dust itself, be intentional on what you put in your life. Free yourself up to spending less time dealing with ‘stuff’ and tend to the callings of your soul.