Clearing Out the Clutter
We often think of "spring cleaning" when we think about clearing out some of the clutter in our homes, closets, and lives. However, I'd argue that fall is another perfect time for completing those same tasks!
In today's society, we are surrounded by so much excess: food, clothes, decor, images, opinions...the list goes on and on. Advances in technology isn't helping this situation either. We have access to so much information in so little time. But, we all reach a point where it starts to be too much. The clutter starts taking over us.
As I mentioned, this clutter can be physical (the material items we own and accumulate), but it can also be mental as well (when our minds just won't turn off).
This clutter, no matter the source, isn't good for our health and our stress levels. Clearing out the clutter in our lives allows us to set our priorities straight and allows us time to just breathe. Doesn't that sound nice?
Of course, it is easier said than done, but it does make a huge difference in how your body feels overall. We all know that feeling of anxiety and restlessness that creeps up inside of us when we walk into a messy room or are overwhelmed with everything on our schedule or to-do list. By working to clear out the clutter in our lives, we can start to focus on what is truly important.
First, I recommend clearing out the physical clutter in your life. It's much easier to tackle than the mental side. Clean out one closet each week. Clear off a table you haven't seen in years. Organize a bookshelf. Throw. Things. Away. Go through your closet and get rid of items that no longer fit or are out of style (and that you haven't worn in a year - chances are you probably won't wear them this year either). Empty out your purse. Throw away socks without a friend. Toss the Tupperware without a matching lid. Donate items to charity. Have a garage sale. Just do it!
Then, it's time to address the mental clutter by figuring out what triggers you to have anxious, negative, or racing thoughts. For a lot of people, that could stem from an overwhelming schedule or social media comparison. In this instance, completing a social media detox or eliminating a few commitments from your schedule each week can go a long way in helping clear out your mental clutter. In addition, prayer, journaling, talking with friends or a counselor, going for walks outside, listening to relaxing music, or getting a massage. You might also post self-love or motivation quotes around your home to help keep your mind on the positive.
There is no easy way to clear out the clutter in our lives. However, living a life filled with clutter never actually fills that void that we are trying to fill. It only serves us anxiety and stress. Start with small steps to reduce the clutter in your life, and trust me, you will feel and be much healthier because of it!