Are you tired of feeling stressed out and overwhelmed?
Do you feel like you have negative energy dragging you down?
If you’re ready to change that, use this one simple tool to start feeling more positive: Declutter your life.
Trust me, as you get older, your life can become cluttered with objects, situations, or relationships that drain you.
Taking time to declutter your environment each week, month or year will free you of those negative triggers and energy.
A powerful way to release negative energy
One of the amazing benefits of clearing the clutter from your life will help you discover what’s most important in your life.
Take the time to assess what’s been surrounding you so that you will understand why you’ve felt stagnant or depleted.
My clients always tell me that they feel more excited, focused, and productive from this simple practice.
They learn to release their connections to “things”, and it enables them to put their renewed energy on what matters most.
Create more energy
The first tip is to evaluate your “things” and consciously choose what you to keep.
Second, eliminate the negative influences in your life, especially, toxic people, who drain your time and energy.
Third, become proficient at saying “NO” to what you intuitively feel that you do NOT want in your life.
Fourth, get rid of clutter around the house, such as clothes or objects that are broken or do not serve a purpose.
Once you have identified what is actually cluttering up your energy, you can begin the process of decluttering your environment.
Goodbye to negative energy
You can do this by donating, selling, or throwing out items that are not needed. It may be difficult at first to get rid of your things, but once you get started you will gain momentum and feel better lighter afterward.
I know that this process can bring up old emotions and memories. Find a loved one to be with you while you release the things from your past. Make it a celebration of releasing the old to welcome the new!
Decluttering is a way to simplify and achieve balance in your life by spending less time and money on things that truly make you unhappy.
“I can’t believe how much mental and emotional energy I released after cleaning out my bedroom! I now sleep soundly because I feel that my bedroom is a place to completely rejuvenate.”
The fifth tip for removing clutter from your life is to regain control over the items that you have.
People tend to hold on to things because they feel guilty or obligated towards them. For example, people keep clothes even though they are no longer “that” size. Many of my clients feel guilty because they spent so much money on them.
It is important to realize that these items do not define you.🥰 I like to remind my clients that releasing the old wardrobe is the motivation for fitting into a new size.
Here is a simple Declutter Guide to ensure that you’ve covered all the spaces in your life.
Another tip is to get rid of things that are broken or do not work anymore. If you have clothes, books, or other items that are damaged through normal wear and tear, get rid of them instead of keeping them around.
The final tip for removing clutter from your life is to say “NO” when you are asked to take on more responsibilities. If you are feeling overwhelmed, make sure that you are saying “NO” when people ask to spend your precious time or energy.
Give yourself permission to politely decline any new invitations or commitments. This will help you to reduce feelings of anxiety and stress.
It is important to remember that removing clutter from your life makes room for what you value most 😍
As a bonus, here are 20 ways to declutter your life.
- Start with your bedroom
It’s the most important room in the house when it comes to decluttering because you spend so much time in there when you are awake.
Sort the clothes into garments that need to be washed or dry-cleaned, and those that have been worn and dirty. Wash/dry-clean the latter, then put them away. Sort out the clothes that you wear often – give some to charity, and put others into storage.
Don’t forget to declutter your bedside table: sort out the items that you don’t need on a daily basis, and put them away.
- Declutter your living room
It’s no simple task to declutter a living area as you need to consider your lifestyle. For example, if you have young children it’s likely that there will be plenty of toys to keep them entertained. However, you may also have many magazines, newspapers, and books in the house.
So to begin with, sort out the items that don’t belong in your living room, for example, do you need to keep old exercise books from school? If you still think that there are too many items in your living room, try sorting them into categories such as books, DVDs, and toys.
- Declutter your kitchen
There are different ways to declutter your kitchen, for example, do you need that bread maker that has been sitting in the cupboard for 6 months? Or that garlic press that you have hardly ever used? Ask yourself honestly, “do I really need this thing or is it taking up space just in case you make a sheet cake one day.
Decluttering the refrigerator, pantry or cupboards is a whole other topic and a more personalized activity at that. Ask Denise for guidance if you need help xo
- Declutter your bathroom
They say that the average person spends between 30 minutes to an hour in their bathroom every day. As you can imagine it takes a lot of time, effort, and money to keep the bathroom looking in tip-top condition. Once again, ask yourself, “why do I have this in here?” and if you honestly have no reason, it’s time to chuck it!
- Declutter your garden
If you have a garden, there’s no doubt that it requires a lot of upkeep. You could start by removing any broken and old garden furniture and you might also need to cut back the grass, weeding out any weeds that may have grown among the grass.
- Declutter your work area/study
Every morning you’re faced with a pile of paperwork to get through, so why not start by sorting out the papers that need your attention first. You can find all sorts of filing cabinets or you could even use a box to keep all your paperwork.
- Declutter your laptop
If you’re the kind of person who likes having their laptop within easy access, you’ll need to go through all the different files and delete any programs that you don’t really use. You might also need to get rid of any shortcuts you have on your desktop.
- Declutter your purse/wallet
It may sound silly, but you probably have more things in your purse or wallet than you think. For example, have you kept every bank receipt since the beginning of the year? If you haven’t, there’s no need to. Delete any credit cards that you don’t use and keep just one credit card and debit card in your wallet.
- Declutter your car
If you’re like most people, then your car is probably in a state of chaos and can be in need of decluttering. The best thing you can do is start from the top and work your way down to the bottom and give everything a good clean.
- Declutter your computer desktop
Once again, we go back to the point of keeping things that you need and deleting those you don’t. Every time you use the internet, there’s a high chance that you’ll be given little boxes with shortcuts on them to tempting websites. Delete any that you don’t use and delete any files on your desktop.
- Declutter your “just in case” wardrobe
Do you have clothes hanging up that you haven’t worn for years? If the answer is yes, then it might be time to sort them out. Can you sell, give away or donate them to charity?
- Declutter your music/iTunes library
When it comes to decluttering your music or iTunes library, you should start by deleting any music that you don’t listen to anymore. It might be the case that you have ‘lost’ some music, instead of deleting it you could upload it to a cloud service.
- Declutter old mementos
If you have kept all the letters, cards, and gifts you have received in your life, it’s time to start decluttering them. Keep the ones that mean the most and then give the rest to charity or recycle them.
- Declutter your shoe collection
If you’ve got a shoe collection that looks more like a store than a typical household closet, it’s time to start getting rid of the ones you don’t wear. Clean them and give them to charity, friends, or sell them.
- Declutter your ‘time-wasters’ list
My clients who have issues with time management and organization tell me that social media is one of their biggest time-wasters. Other biggies are online shopping and binge-watching an on-demand show. I’ll be the first to tell you that I enjoy flopping on the couch and binge-watching Netflix but that’s only after I have used my time wisely and it’s for a wind-down treat. We all have the same 24 hours to play with so get real on what you’re actually doing with your precious moments and stop the things that are ineffective.
- Declutter your social media accounts
When it comes to your social media accounts, take a look at everyone that you follow and remove anyone who isn’t relevant to you anymore.
- Declutter your inbox
If you have various emails that are being sent to the same account, then it’s a good idea to divide them up. Do you have a work email and personal email?
- Declutter your bag/purse
In this day and age, most people use a purse or bag for their everyday items like keys, money, and phones. Clear the crap out of your space and free up your mental, physical and emotional time.
Your mental, physical and emotional wellness advocate,
Are you ready to be, do and live differently this year? Allow me to be your guide and thinking partner in completely decluttering your life. I’ll be by your side for 6 weeks to walk you through it all. We’ll work on your mindset, emotions, beliefs, self-care, stress management, creating healthy habits, health and fitness, and more.
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