Declutter Your Mind: No More Junks
I recently had to move from one continent to another. In the process of moving I had to ship my items but first I needed to declutter. Surprisingly, I realized I had so much stuff. I became overwhelmed because I couldn’t believe I had accumulated so many items in just three years of living alone. What am I going to do with all these stuff? I kept asking myself. At the end of the day, I just gave up and continued with my daily activities. As the president of all procrastinators, I decided to wait till last-minute and guess what, I ended up shifting my move out date and had to pay extra fees. Finally, few days to moving out I decided to declutter because there was no way I could ship all my items. Moreover, I wasn’t ready to spend all that money on shipping. After a lot of thinking, I chose to give out some of the items. Also, hurricane Harvey had just hit the city I live in, so donating those items will be of immense help to someone. I am glad I was able to help.
During this whole process, I also realized I am the president of all hoarders; there were items I have kept for 10 years especially clothes. Don’t ask why because I can’t explain. Some I still wear once in a while others I can’t remember the last time I saw or wore them. These items were occupying space in my closet but I just couldn’t let go. It is not because I am selfish but I do have a level of attachment to everything I have or anyone I come across. I want to believe I am not only one struggling with this, we all have that favorite skirt, coat, underwear or blouse sitting in the closet for years. We don’t wear it but we just can’t give it out. In some cases, it’s old and worn out or not in style anymore but NO, we ain’t letting go.
How Clutters Affect Our Minds
Our physical space greatly influences our mental space, often times there are so many junks in our lives. Clutters blocks creativity and progress. We know these thoughts are not adding values to our lives but we still hold on to them. I am also guilty. while decluttering my home, I figured out I also needed to declutter my mind. For those who don’t know, decluttering is a way removing unnecessary items from your space, home, and life etc. Believe me, there is this feeling of joy that comes when you let go of junks. Just think about it like taking a trash out of your home. It automatically changes the atmosphere of the home.
Below are five tips that I have learned during this process and I will be using these tips to stay on the path of No Junks.
How DO We Declutter?
- Relax and breathe/Meditate. I used to underestimate the benefit of those relaxing exercises until I gave it a try. Don’t stress about the process. Take it one day at a time
- Set a goal. Anything worth doing is worth doing well. I love to set goals. I believe without a goal you have no directions and might have a bad result. Be sure to add a timeframe to that goal.
- Write down the essential. Writing it down helps you stay focus. It is a way of pointing out those things that are important to you. Remember the goal is to only keep the important things. That way the junks have no choice but to leave because you are not giving them attention.
- Eliminate. Just like the word mean, get rid of them all. This is the most difficult stage of them all. One way to get it rid is to stay focus and remember your goal. Now, you see why it is important to set a goal before you start. Don’t give room for BUT or WHAT IF. Fix your eyes on the goal and the outcome.
- Declutter your environment. Yes, this is also important. If you skip this step, you won’t see any progress. Get into that closet, office, kitchen, and garage, playroom and get rid of those items you don’t use. It will surprise you how much clutter stuff you have. Give them out to someone who needs them or put them up for sale if you can. An organized environment helps with creativity and reduces stress.
Above all, live your best life. Don’t spend it accumulating clutters. Let me know in the comment section what tips you have on how to declutter.
Quit hanging on to the handrails . . . Let go. Surrender. Go for the ride of your life. Do it every day. ~Melody Beattie