I’ve moved houses 4 times in the last 5 years, and still have 1 more move left. I am officially SICK of moving. BUT, the one thing I love about moving is that it gives me an opportunity to go through ALL my belongings and purge. It’s amazing how much STUFF we quickly accumulate. What is it about purging that makes us feel so refreshed? Decluttering not only helps clear your mind, but it actually decreases stress, increases productivity, and can motivate you to organize other aspects of your life. Hence today’s blog post! Spring cleaning don’t have to stop with your home, you can declutter other areas of your life that are known to cause you stress and decrease productivity.
Declutter your finances
Finances can be very stressful, especially if you have debt and lack an organization system. Start by decluttering your debt and your bills. Develop a plan to kick that debt in the butt and get it paid off, starting with the debt with the biggest interest. Use a BUDGET to know where your money IS going and where it SHOULD be going. There are some great apps to help you declutter your finances. My favorite money app is Mint that helps you budget, pay and track your bills giving you a sense of financial clarity.
Declutter your friends
Friendship plays such a key role in our well-being. Great friends inspire us, comfort us, guide us, laugh with us, and cry with us. But sometimes we try to hold on to friendships that have faded or are just plain toxic causing us undue stress. In no way am I saying that we should call it quits with each and every person in our life that has caused us stress in some way shape or form, rather we should evaluate our friendships and identify those relationships that cause constant drama and negativity in our lives, as well as those relationships that we are trying to hold on to even though both parties know the relationship is not what is once used to be. But keep in mind that there is a difference between toxic and fading friendships and friendships that are going through a rough patch and depend on our encouragement and support.
Declutter your social media
Who spends too much time on social media? How often do you go on social media to quickly glance at any new updates only to spend an hour creeping your sister’s best friend’s cousin’s pictures of her new puppy? A couple of years ago I decided to purge my social media of old friends/followers, pictures, and unfollowed a bunch of accounts that just became noise on my news feed. It was the BEST feeling in the world. I also recently deactivated my Twitter account because it was just another thing to waste time on… and I haven’t missed it one bit.
Declutter your email
This just so happens to be on my Spring Cleaning list this season. My inbox is filled with way too many newsletter and email subscriptions. I spend at least 5 minutes everyday just deleting junk mail. Unsubscribe to any unread junk mail you receive to get back some precious time in your day.
Declutter your mind
The mind is such a powerful thing. Having too much on our mind decreases productivity, increases stress, and keeps us from staying in the moment. Sometimes we just need to declutter our mind and release those persistent thoughts that take up too much real estate in our brains. When focusing on a specific task, focus ONLY on the task at hand. Turn off the distractions and empty your mind of the thoughts that are causing you to shift focus. To do this I have a notebook that I use to write down my thoughts, so I can re-visit them at a more appropriate time. Meditating for a few minutes before tackling a task has also shown to improve focus and increase productivity. Take 5 minutes to close your eyes, breath, and release.
What else in your life are you looking forward to decluttering? I would love to learn more! Leave your suggestions below in the comments!