I love the idea of living a more natural life. For me it means stripping away the unnecessary, going back to basics, and trusting what our bodies and the earth were designed to do. More than ever, this idea of “natural living” seems to appeal to so many people. I think it is partly because we live in a world that is brimming with unnecessary stuff. And partly because we are all over-stressed and have to much to do. Thankfully, there are some simple ways to declutter.
For years I have noticed how the space around me has affected my own health and well being. When I’m free from clutter I think clearer, stretch and move more, and breath deeper. I know I’m not alone in feeling this way. Research has shown that clutter affects us in a lot of ways:
- Clutter can make you feel tired and lethargic
- Clutter keeps you living in the past rather than the present moment
- Clutter can affect your body weight
- It can make thinking clearly difficult
- If affects the way you treat people
- It can make you feel ashamed
But let’s not just focus on the bad. Living a clutter-free life is really empowering. I’m always on the look out for simple ways to declutter my own home… and it’s pretty clutter-free. I love how often people tell me that my home makes them feel good. That they can think clearly and feel relaxed when they are here. It’s a great motivator to want to keep my space open and free.
For some, the idea of “decluttering” can be a bit overwhelming (especially if you are juggling that whole parenthood and life thing). But I want to provide you some simple ways to declutter and get back to basics:
3 simple ways to declutter
1. Find 10 things to get rid of
Most of us have things lying around that either we don’t use, don’t need, or forgot we even owned. Without putting too much thought into it, find 10 items that you can either sell, give away, or trash (even better: recycle it if you can!).
2. Take 10 minutes a day
You may feel like getting to the bottom of your junk would require a professional team, a year’s worth of time, or some amazing magic trick. However, you may be amazed at what 10 minutes a day will do. Set a timer. Dive in. And then leave the rest for the next day.
3. Make a list before you shop
When you go shopping, make a list of what you really need. If you find something on your list ask yourself if it is something that will really add to your life. If you aren’t sure, give it 24 hours before buying it. Sometimes our clutter simply is a result of impulsive shopping. Go do a few sun salutations instead.
What about you? Do you have any tips or simple ways to declutter and getting rid of all that stuff?