As we move through life, we effortlessly collect experiences, possessions, ideas, heartache and joy. It’s no surprise that many of us reach a point where we suddenly feel chaotic and disorganized. I do…and often! 

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed. From overflowing closets to cluttered minds, the clutter around us can weigh heavily on our spirits. With a few simple strategies, you can shift that chaotic cycle and reset your physical and mental space. You can reclaim control of your space and your mind, allowing more room for joy to flourish helping you regain a sense of control.

 

Decluttering Strategies

 

  1. Set Intentions: Before diving into decluttering, take a moment to reflect on your intentions. Why do you want to declutter? What do you hope to achieve? Setting clear intentions will help you stay focused and motivated throughout the process. Pro Tip: Write your intentions down in a notebook or journal if you would like to track your progress. It’s great to see where you are in the process and if you need to shift at all.

 

  1. Start Small: Decluttering can seem like a monumental task, but it’s important not to let yourself get overwhelmed. Begin with a small area, like a drawer or a shelf, and work your way up from there. Breaking the process down into smaller, more manageable tasks will make it feel less daunting. Embrace the freedom when you have accomplished that first task. Let that snowball and enjoy the ride! 

 

  1. Practice Mindfulness: Decluttering isn’t just about getting rid of physical stuff; it’s also about clearing out mental clutter. Take a few deep breaths and practice mindfulness as you declutter, staying present in the moment and letting go of any attachments to material possessions. More on this in future blog posts.

 

  1. Embrace the One In, One Out Rule: As you declutter, adopt the one in, one out rule. For every new item you bring into your space, whether it’s a piece of clothing or a kitchen gadget, commit to getting rid of at least one old item. This will help prevent clutter from accumulating in the future. If I am feeling exceptionally chaotic, I will self impose the one in, two out rule. If I am not able to commit to getting rid of two items, then I won’t purchase the first item. 

 

  1. Create Designated Spaces: My mom always said, “Everything should have a place,  and there should be a place for everything”. Give everything in your home a designated space to call its own. This will not only make it easier to find things when you need them but also make it easier to put them away when you’re done. Consider investing in storage solutions like bins, baskets, and shelving to help keep your space organized. Labels are also super fun to design for your stored items. 

 

  1. Let Go of Guilt: One of the biggest obstacles to decluttering is feeling guilty about getting rid of things, especially if they hold sentimental value. Remember that it’s okay to let go of items that no longer serve you or bring you joy. As Marie Kondo suggested, thank the item for their service and then release them with gratitude.

 

  1. Practice Gratitude: Finally, take a moment to appreciate the things you choose to keep in your life, mentally and physically. Cultivate an attitude of gratitude for the items that bring you joy and serve a purpose in your life. By focusing on what you have rather than what you lack, you’ll create a more positive and abundant mindset.

 

Decluttering your space and your mind is a powerful way to create more room for joy in your life. By starting small, setting intentions, practicing mindfulness, embracing the one in, one out rule, creating designated spaces, letting go of guilt, and practicing gratitude, you can reclaim control of your space and your life. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to organize your life and make room for joy!

 

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