Going into this year I told myself – this is the year I get decluttered!!!! I came into 2020 with a serious determination to get rid of any physical or mental mess. It’s not always an enjoyable process, but I think we all know how necessary it is – especially mental clutter. For me, it causes a constant state of unrest and unease, and I really hate that feeling. So, I wanted to share some of the ways that I try to declutter my mind so I can feel more inner peace.
Clean house | Physical messes are easily the biggest offender to my “mental messes.” Seeing piles of clothes scattered all over your space, piles of papers everywhere, the rapid accumulation of stuff on the bathroom counter, stacks of dishes in the sink… I’m getting stressed just thinking about it.
Here are some super fun facts about why mess causes stress:
- Creates excessive stimuli causing our senses to work overtime
- Draws our attention away from what our focus should be on
- Makes it difficult to relax, physically + mentally
- Constantly signals our brain that our work is never done
- Creates anxiety because we are never sure what it’s going to take to get through the bottom of the pile
- Creates feelings of guilt + embarrassment
- Inhibits creativity + productivity
- Prevents us by preventing us from locating what we need quickly
Physical + mental clutter can become a pretty vicious cycle – I know for me it’s easy to make messes when we feel stressed, but then my mess perpetuates the stress, leading me to accumulate more clutter, and so on and so forth. I just finished this 6-week declutter challenge and it made cleaning + purging unwanted stuff ten times easier and I feel so much better for it!
Clear out notifications | Once upon a time, I actually used to be good at keeping my inboxes cleared out. However, since those days, I’ve signed up for a lot more email subscriptions and newsletters which has given me a lot more to try and sift through. Next thing I know, I have thousands of emails that simply feel too daunting to go through. Some people are unphased by the red notifications on their app icons, but I’m not one of them – it drives me nuts! So, if you’re like me and have a lot of those red dots scattered around your phone screen and know it’s part of your mental clutter, set your mind to getting it cleared out. It’s an annoying task, but you’ll feel better!
Make checklists | Quite possibly the most basic technique in the book, but it’s never failed me. Get the jumble of thoughts and to-do’s out of your head by putting pen to paper and feel the pressure to have to try and remember everything float away.
Get creative | Just another reason for me to physically declutter my spaces because for me, having a huge mess around makes the creative process less enjoyable. I like getting creative to give my mind a way to relax + release anything it needs to let out.
Quiet time | My quiet times are ideally in my clean room with a candle burning, cuddled up on the bed with Arlyn watching some feel-good TV. Giving myself the time and space to be able to physically and mentally relax is key to helping decrease stress and mental clutter.
Get moving | Of course, exercise is also one of my favorite ways to clear my mind, especially when I’m stressed or frustrated. It gives me something else to focus on, a way to release any mental tension, or the time I need to sift through my thoughts and figure out my feelings. Never underestimate the power of a good workout!
I hope that these tips help and have your mind transformed from this…
… to this! Maybe still slightly crazed, but not nearly as much.