Constantly feel mentally exhausted, or frustrated that nothing is ever in its right place? Feel like there’s always something you’ve forgotten to do, or that you’re carrying around an invisible weight? Then it might be time to declutter your life.
Far too many people in the modern age are holding on to emotional and physical items that they have no need for. This leads to a messy home and messy mind, which in turn leads to carrying around psychological baggage that you didn’t even realise you had.
There are many ways in which to improve the quality of how you live and how you perceive the world, which helps you to get on top of things for once.
It’s time to shake off the cobwebs and strip out the annoying obstacles in your way.
Decluttering At Home
Get rid of things that are not valuable to you in any way. One easy way to begin is to round up all the items that you’ve completely forgotten about, or haven’t used in 6 months and start getting rid of them. Go through all your things and organise them into piles of things that you barely ever use, essentials you always use, and things you forgot you even owned. It will make it easier to distinguish what is valuable to you, and what you’re just hanging on to because you’re too comfortable with it to let it go.
Pop in to your local charity shop and drop off a bag full of clothing/toys/books/crockery you don’t use, or see what kind of items they’re in need of. The charity shop will be more more than happy to take anything off your hands, so long as it’s not goods like underwear, used earrings, or opened food packets.
Try donating your goods via social media. Post something about it on Facebook – be honest with people and tell them that you’re having a bit of a clean out and have lots of things that will be going for free if anyone wants to give them a new home. It’s a great way of paying it forward, and no doubt that your friends will be interested in taking some of the items off your hands.
Another great way to declutter is to keep a notebook by your bedside when you go to sleep. Every time you get a brainwave or remember something you needed to do the next day write it down in the notebook. This will stop you obsessing about little details, or problems you have to face, and will also be a great way to remember things in the morning that might evade you whilst you sleep. It’ll help you get to sleep much faster, and that way in the morning you can wake up refreshed and read back the notes you made so you can tackle them with a clear head.
Decluttering At Work
Make sure that you set yourself a professional routine and stick to it. Schedule in your first morning coffee, what time you start reading your emails, and what time you socialise with colleagues. This will give you a bit of rhythm and stop a mid-day slump in productivity.
Write out lists of all the tasks and objectives you have to conquer throughout the day, as this kind of visual reminder will help keep you focused and on track with your priorities. It’ll also stop you brain from shrivelling up ideas and little ‘eureka’ moments you get about tackling certain duties. By writing lists you can prioritise what the most important chore is that needs accomplishing, and reduce the stress of having a deadline.
Pre-make your lunches for work the night before you head in. Preferably, on a Sunday night, make batches of lunches that you can freeze or refrigerate that will last you all week. This will save you time making them every night, and money from over-spending on ingredients you don’t need. Pre-made lunches also stop you from snacking during the day, or popping out to the local sandwich shop to grab something quicker. By making your own take-in food, you’re eliminating the chances of being swayed to eat unhealthily, or indulge in the vending machine at work.
Take time to really stop and have a lunch break. Get up and get away from your desk, so that you get out of the mindset of work for a little while. Even just stretching your legs for a few minutes will get blood flowing throughout your whole body and increase productivity.
Decluttering Your Social Life
Start getting rid of toxic people in your social circle. It’s been said many times over, by many different people, but it’s a necessary step toward cleansing yourself emotionally. You may have one or two people in your life who don’t seem to ever really be there for you, have said hurtful things about you, or who simply would rather put their wellbeing before yours, and it’s time to move forward without them. It may be difficult at first but it is necessary for personal growth and development, as they are only going to slow you down or hold you back. You don’t get another shot at life, so don’t waste it living someone else’s story or becoming who someone else thinks you are.
Surround yourself with a solid support system, and make sure to only let in people who are a right fit for your lifestyle. Make sure to make time to see people and friends who mentally stimulate you, make you feel more positive about your outlook on life, and who are interested in helping you grow. Only spend time with people who you know would help you out in any difficult situation, as you would do for them.
Insure that you follow through with plans that you make with friends and family, and take the time at least once a day to step outside of your comfort zone. This could be something as simple as trying a new kind of food, or talking to a stranger on a bus.
Try to change your perspective on the world, and look for the good in things that life has to offer. There is a silver lining in everything, we just need to be willing to see it. If you put off goals you’re trying to achieve, meeting new people, or accepting change then you are putting off your own personal development. Don’t let fears, doubts, and living in the past stop you from blossoming and becoming the best version of yourself that you can be.