On the first part of this article, we will be discussing what exactly clutter is and then we will look at ways to declutter our minds.
We see clutter in our lives, homes, and diaries. But …. what exactly clutter is?
The common definition:
CLUTTER: A COLLECTION OF THINGS LYING AROUND IN AN UNTIDY MESS. That’s an obvious description.
Two things are important to understand: WHAT and WHERE clutter comes from. Thus, in order to understand what clutter is, you need to define where it comes from, and I believe that clutter really emerges from indecision.
To understand that – will make it easier in the future, to have less clutter.
“Clutter is the physical manifestation of unmade decisions fueled by procrastination.” – Cristina Scalise
Why do we have clutter? We have stuff around our homes because we haven’t decided where to put them, and we have clutter in our lives because we haven’t taken control and decided what is and isn’t important to us. When we don’t make decisions – we end up with clutter in our lives – as simple as that.
Now let’s look at the clutter in our Homes and Lives.
CLUTTER AT HOME (PHYSICAL CLUTTER)-
- Items that are broken or unused any longer – they need to be taken out of the house
- Items that are in the wrong place in your home – simply put in the right place again and they are clutter no more.
- Items that belong to someone else – they aren’t in the right place so they need to be returned.
CLUTTER IN YOUR LIFE (EMOTIONAL CLUTTER)
- People that bring you down a lot. Having a social life and family & friends is important – BUT if anyone is causing you more hassle than help – then they are clutter.
- Things taking up your headspace. You are cluttering your mind with your thoughts – better get them down in a planner/diary/ journal and free up space again. You will feel so much better having them in the ‘right’ place.
- anything that no longer serves you (e.g. possessions, relationships, habits, resentments, limiting beliefs).
“Clutter is not just physical stuff. It’s old ideas, toxic relationships, and bad habits. Clutter is anything that does not support your better self.” – Eleanor Brownn
How to declutter?
- Decide to declutter
- Commit to declutter
- Decide to commit 🙂
When you decide, that’s it. You’ve decided and you don’t waver. You either go left or right, up or down and in this case, you decide to keep or let go. The more decisions you make, the fewer decisions you actually have to make later on, once you’ve removed the clutter.
The second part of the article is dedicated to decluttering our minds.