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June 03, 2021 4 min read

     Decluttering your environment, and therefore your life, can be very cathartic for many.

While you may think decluttering just means organising your physical space by donating items or giving them away, or simply re-organising objects, decluttering can actually mean a lot more than that.

Decluttering is also something of spiritual and mental significance which can have a huge impact.

There are a few ways a person can declutter their life that will result in benefits for daily living. Decluttering can positively impact personal growth.

Let’s go over 5 healthy ways you can declutter your life today.

1. Let Go of the Past

One of the best ways to declutter your life is simply to let go of the past. Do not let an argument or decision made in the past define your future or present predicament; too many people find it hard to let go of grudges and this is simply damaging emotionally AND physically.

Forgiving and forgetting is healthy and allows you to grow spiritually and mentally without being burdened by past actions or events in your present and future decisions.

You should try to let go of your past with another person, as well as the past with yourself. If there is something you have not forgiven yourself for yet, now is the time to do so.

2. Meditate or Reflect Daily

Devoting at least 15 minutes a day for meditation and deep reflection can do wonders for a person.

During meditation, you must clear your mind of everything, whether it is negative thoughts or the activities you have to do that day.

Once you are able to do that successfully, you can learn how to focus on the most important tasks one at a time, instead of scrambling through juggling many. Although most people don’t realize it, multitasking can actually contribute to more stress.

You might feel like more than one thing needs to be done at one time, but if you strategize your time well through deep reflection, you will see that there is always time for everything you need to finish.

Meditating will help you realize that all things can be done in an organized manner when you are patient, and you can use this daily practice to relieve stress that comes with overworking.

3. Write Everything Down

Writing down your feelings, fears, or goals can often help you to declutter your mind and organize and address thoughts and feelings within yourself. Instead of venting to a friend or confiding in someone about personal struggles of yours, why not journal instead?

You can express how you feel about certain things in an honest manner or plan out your long-term goals. By writing things down you are getting rid of cluttered space in your mind which makes it freer to think more productively. 

This can also relieve stress and sleep difficulty if these thoughts are going through your mind at night, making it hard to sleep. Why not keep a notebook or journal on your bedside table?

4. Eliminate Negative Thoughts

To eliminate negative thoughts, you can combine two of the above suggestions: meditation and journaling, which can help relieve stress and anxiety. Positive affirmations to yourself can do wonders for your life and self-confidence.

Make a goal for yourself to eliminate at least two negative thoughts every day. Instead of thinking about how you can't do something, be optimistic. Instead of dreading a certain activity, try to be neutral. Once you discipline your mind away from negative thinking, you can begin to work more productivity and happily.

5. Take Your Time

Every person should remember two things: not everything needs to be done right away and not everything requires an immediate response. If you are feeling overwhelmed, step away from your work for a while and take a rest.

When you are able to clear your mind, you can get back to work and finish the task you left behind, and much better at that. Working under pressure often produces mediocre results.

The same principle goes for dealing with a difficult situation or person. If you are having trouble figuring out the best solution or response, take your time to work through it.

Not all problems need to be solved immediately and they do not all need to be solved by you either! Put yourself first and learn when to step back, or refuse a task or response.

     Decluttering your life spiritually and mentally takes time. Don’t feel like you need to rush through anything to get the desired results. Getting into the habit of implementing these tips takes time and deliberation. Decluttering should be done at a steady pace; otherwise you could be adding more stress to your life! Just like when you regret throwing out something in a clean-up frenzy. If you are still unsure on how to start this process, ask a friend or family member about their experience with these things.

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