I love organizing, decluttering and simplifying things in my life where possible both for the physical benefits of having a clean space and the mental clarity and comfort it brings.
In the last couple months I’ve found a few more ways to clean things up and this has brought me a lot of peace. I wanted to share with you all my ideas and tips for doing the same. 🙂
I wrote a soul food post a few months back about the benefits of cleaning and how there is a strong energetic component to it. Simplifying and decluttering is always a great idea on all levels: mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual.
1. The digital declutter
This is a BIG source of clutter that I really had not spent much time on until about two months ago. I hit capacity on my computer and I didn’t understand how that could be until I was forced to take a closer look inside.
I think I may be really late to the party on discovering this one, so forgive me my computer-savvy readers, but my downloads folder of my computer was just full of random, needless things. I spent a long time cleaning out this area of my laptop and making folders to organize the remaining important files. I also really delved into my photos and got rid of a lot of old things that didn’t serve me anymore.
Then, as an extra ambitious organizer, I started saving my valuable older photos and videos to my external hard drive. This clean out felt like a massive closet cleaning for my digital space! I couldn’t believe I was holding all that extra junk and now it brings me a lot of peace to know that I’m not holding that clutter any longer. I’m still working on doing the same for my phone now…
2. The mental declutter
This is something I’ve mentioned a few times on my blog but my quickest/easiest/most effective trick for decluttering my mind is breathing. Deep breaths always calm the body instantly and bring peace and clarity to our minds, but there’s also a particular exercise that I do that works wonderfully. I breathe in for a certain count (let’s say four for this example), hold this breath for four counts, exhale for four counts, and hold after the exhale for four counts. So it makes a kind of square (four sides of holding the count) of breathing.
I really can’t say enough about this little easy trick. I try to do it whenever possible — on the train, in the morning, in the shower. It really just takes my racing thoughts down and relaxes my mind and body.
3. The physical declutter
Always a good one — the actual giving away and throwing away of things that no longer serve a purpose in your life is an instant weight off. I’m someone who tends to feel a little overwhelmed when I have too many things, so I regularly toss and give away items like clothes and shoes. Lately I’ve been cleaning out my makeup supply too which can slowly but surely become a serious source of clutter.
My rule is if I have not worn or used something in one year, I probably will not ever.
All three of these clean-outs are awesome (and free!) ways to create instant peace!
Simplifying your space is a great thing to do for the energy flow of your space which directly affects your mood. What do you guys do to declutter? I’m always looking for new ways to clean up and clean out — on all levels!