Clearing your mental clutter is the best way to invite peace and calm back into your day-to-day life. Here’s how to recognize, clear, and recover from a cluttered mindset.
Physical vs. Mental Clutter
Physical clutter is easy to recognize: the clothes piled on the floor, that “junk drawer” in the kitchen, the trash on the floor of your car. Mental clutter, on the other hand, is a little harder to spot. And unfortunately, it can be even more detrimental to your mental health than a physical mess.
Mental clutter takes many forms, but it most often shows itself as overwhelm:
What Causes Mental Clutter?
If you’re feeling like this, you’re not alone! So many of us let our little stresses pile up over time, creating a “Hoarders”-style mound of mental clutter.
Just like small slips create clutter over time, small improvements can clear it out, create space for calm, and help you step into a clutter-free mindset.
Some of the biggest contributors to mental clutter are:
These all create and perpetuate mental clutter, but they’re also some of the best places to invite calm back into your life. That’s what decluttering is all about: clearing out the junk to make space for the good stuff.
How to Declutter Your Mindset
Decluttering your mindset doesn’t happen overnight, but there are real steps you can take towards a more peaceful life. Follow these steps to decluttering your physical and digital space, and watch the mindset decluttering follow suit.
Step 1: Take stock of your environment.
Before you can start decluttering your mindset, you have to get real about everything that’s contributing to your overwhelm. Grab a journal and let’s take a good, long look at your environment.
How many notifications do you get in a day? How much time do you spend staring at screens? What does your desk look like?
Now, be honest with yourself about your stress level. How often do you think about those notifications, worry about emails, or lose sleep over your to-do list? Do you have a healthy work-life balance? Do you feel well-rested?
This part isn’t going to feel good. That’s okay. Having a clear starting point is the key to mapping your way out of the clutter.
Step 2: Envision your decluttered life.
Next, imagine what your life would look like entirely decluttered. No need to picture your home Kardashian-level clear or your to-do list entirely empty. Just figure out what your ideal day-to-day life looks like:
Don’t hold anything back! Dream up your ideal life, and make that visualization part of your daily routine. Meditate on it, journal about it, put it on your vision board, whatever you like. When you keep your goals front-and-center, you’ll be more likely to make subconscious decisions that get you closer to it. (That’s manifestation at work!)
Step 3: Set boundaries.
This is where the actual decluttering happens. Compare your present to the decluttered life you want to get to and start making adjustments towards that goal.
Here are some easy first steps:
These tiny changes will set your decluttering in motion. Plus, the fewer external distractions you have, the less internal clutter you’ll have to deal with.
Step 4: Practice self-care.
Newsflash: Not all self-care is fun. Sure, it sometimes looks like bubble baths and face masks. Other times, it’s way less glamourous. But that doesn’t mean it’s any less necessary!
The not-so-pretty parts of self-care are where the true mental decluttering takes place. By working through the stressors in your life, you create space for more peace and calm. It’s not easy, but it’s definitely worth it.
You can practice self-care and declutter your life by…
Of course, make time for fun self-care, too! Any form of undistracted, intentional self-care re-centers your focus on what really matters. And the more energy you devote to taking care of yourself, the less likely you’ll be to fall back into old patterns of distraction and self-sabotage.
Decluttering Your Mindset Takes Time
Decluttering your space and your devices won’t magically declutter your mind, but it does get the ball rolling. Over time, you’ll notice your inner thoughts start to settle as your environment becomes more controlled. And as you prioritize self-care, your body will finally get to recover from the stress that builds up day-to-day. Trust me, your future self will thank you!
About the Author: Livia Boerger offers a fresh approach to self-care and teaches that it’s never too expensive, time-consuming, or long bubble baths surrounded by candles. She is on a mission to help high-achieving female entrepreneurs redefine self-care on their terms, prioritize rest and live intentionally so that they can live a calm life free of overwhelm.
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