When we start a new chapter in life, it’s a good time to reduce the number of things and even people in our lives that no longer serve us or have value.
It’s time to declutter and let go.
Decluttering your life can help you to improve your health, happiness and relationships. By letting go of the old, negative and unnecessary things in our lives, we can make room for a better experience with the things and people we truly love and care for in our lives.
There is no way that it can all be done at once, so let’s just start with one area at a time. There are 4 important areas to declutter: your Mind, Space, Circle of Influence and Information (digital or otherwise).
1 – Your mind
It is important to put God first in every area of our lives. Carving out time for prayer and devotional every morning has been the best thing for my mindset. Spending time with God allows us to talk to Him, and to hear from Him about the things that are happening in our lives.
We can then go forward with the strength and faith that the Lord is guiding us.
Write things down
Just getting things out of your head and on to paper, frees up space in your mind. This can be in a notepad or journal. Just take the time everyday or whenever an idea strikes to note it down. Then it’s easier for you to get back to it at an appropriate time.
When we have long lists of things roaming around in our mind we tend to get stressed and frustrated with all the things we have to do.
I am a big believer in writing things down, especially your goals. Writing your thoughts, dreams, and ideas down on paper makes it easier to plan your next best step.
Reduce what’s on your To-Do list.
Reduce your daily To-Do list to your top 3 goals for the day which are a priority. Then add 3 non-priority tasks or errands to do. So if you happen to complete your top 3, you can then move on to the next 3 tasks on your list.
Your meetings, appointments, social or otherwise and even your free time. Having a schedule for your free time allows you to prioritise your self-care and wellbeing. Once in awhile, I like to take the time to re-evaluate my schedule and cancel or remove anything that I feel does not align with my values. I wrote about the importance of knowing your values, in this post: How to be happy and organised: My top 10
A good tip I’ve been given is to have time blocks. This method has been a lifesaver, as it helps me organise my day in more detail and allocate time slots to different tasks. Having discernment for what you can and cannot commit to will help you guard your time.
2 – Your Space (and things)
Decluttering your space by getting rid of things and organising what you have is great for both your mental and physical health. By reducing what you have you reduce the clutter in your mind too.
A fantastic book I would recommend is The life changing magic of tidying up by Marie Kondo or you can watch her Netflix series (+ countless YouTube video of people doing it).
The 3 best tips I learned from the KonMari method are:
Organize things in groups: Clothes, books, documents etc
Only keep what brings you joy.
Clear out, donate, give or throw away what does not give you joy and has no function in your life anymore.
3 – Your Circle – The people in your life
This was the most difficult one for me and I’m still working on it. Don’t we all? As an only child, I’ve always loved making new friends, but that doesn’t mean I need to keep every friend I make. I have had to re-evaluate who is in my life and I feel it is important to do so every now and again, so we are fully experiencing the true meaning of friendship.
Evaluate whether or not they bring you joy and add value to your life. Are they supportive of your dreams? These are some of the questions I pondered on as I looked at each friend in my life.
“You are the average of the five people around you”
This statement is true both in your personal and professional networks. It is important to be intentional with the relationships you chose to have and to nurture those you value most.
Who are your top 5? Make it a priority to speak to them often and meet up regularly.
There is a popular poem that describes the three types of people: Those who are for a 1-Season, 2- a Reason and 3- a Lifetime.
Let go of negative people and those who drain your mental, physical and emotional energy. Create boundaries in your life and let others know what you expect.
The people in your life and the memories you share will last you much longer than material things.
4 – Information
The content you consume
Just like decluttering your space, simply do it in groups.
- Emails – Unsubscribe to things you joined but are no longer interested in.
- Social media – from time to time take a break from your devices and be social in real life. Giving someone your time and undivided attention is the best gift you can share. Instead of just liking a photo, how about you call a friend and have a catch-up, or even better meet up in person.
- Videos/ Blogs/ Podcasts – take time out from consuming information and instead block out time to create and implement what you’ve been reading, watching or listening to. How often is it that we read/hear something we would really love to try but never do – Have a ‘Do it Day’
Taking the time to focus more on your own well-being than being consumed by social media is a great benefit to your life.
There are so many other parts of our lives that need decluttering but as we tackle each area one by one it gets easier to do the next. I hope this has been helpful and that you take at least one tip from this post that you implement today.
Guest Blogger – Natalie-Claire Luwisha:
Life Coach. Engineer. Blogger.
I’m a life coach with a background in engineering. I blog about personal development, life lessons and inspiration. My passion is to help women define what success means to them and empower them to create a life they desire.
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