“Every mind is a clutter of memories, images, inventions and age-old repetitions. It can be a ghetto, too, if a ghetto is a sealed-off, confined place. Or a sanctuary, where one is free to dream and think whatever one wants. For most of us it’s both – and a lot more complicated.”
When you hear the word ‘declutter’, you may have an image of collecting all those items that may have been languishing in the back of the wardrobe for years, or gathering dust in a basement or garage, and boxing them all up to take to a charity shop, or to sell online.
While getting rid of the clutter in your home or workspace can make you feel better, there is another kind of decluttering that you should be paying attention to. One that will result in, not a cleaner home or office, but a clearer mindset! and you don’t have to wait for spring to come round before you can do this.
If you find that you are having trouble dealing with the stresses of everyday life, and you need to sort out your thoughts, it will benefit you to do some kind of ‘spring’ cleaning on your thoughts. This is a declutter for your thoughts.
Try some of the following tips to reorganize your thoughts:
1. Get rid of anger.
There are many negative emotions that you can eliminate during this clearing time, and anger is one of them. It is one of the most destructive and harmful emotions you can feel, and it can only make you feel better to deal with it and throw it away.
Ensure you handle it effectively rather than hide it away. If you try to just push it away, it will just fester and grow stronger, and, eventually cause you more stress. Face your anger and make a plan to find solutions for your issues, or simply learn to let them go.
2. Focus on forgiveness.
Focus on forgiveness if you are holding onto negative emotions. You may not feel that the person you need to forgive deserves it, but you deserve to finally be at peace.
Think of it as doing something for yourself instead of letting someone off the hook. This way, you regain the power that the other person had over you, as well as getting rid of an emotion that serves no useful purpose.
3. Make a list of your dreams and goals.
Just as you make a list of your chores during cleaning, make a list of some of the things you want to accomplish, both short and long-term. When you list them out on paper, it gives you something concrete to look at throughout the day.
Tip: Post your list where you will see it often, and cross things off as you accomplish them.
4. Make room for and be open to new ideas.
When you open yourself to new situations and ideas, you will bring a new freshness and more opportunities into your life. It might feel safe to stay closed off, but eventually you will feel that things have become stale.
5. Don’t be afraid to have fun.
Cleaning up your home, office, or your mind doesn’t have to be a chore. With the right attitude, it can be fun to bring change into your life. It’s like getting a fresh start and you can focus on your new beginning.
6. Stop to enjoy life and nature.
Learn to see the beauty in things that you have taken for granted. Take a walk and get some fresh air, or get up early on morning to watch the sunrise. These things will give you new perspective on life.
7. Focus on organization.
Just like you would organize your house when it becomes too cluttered, take this opportunity to learn to organise your mind when it becomes cluttered too.
Avoid letting jumbled thoughts overpower your thinking process. Learn to use a calm approach and deal with one situation at a time.
Take some time out of each day to clear your mind. You can accomplish this through meditation, mindfulness, prayer, or anything that relaxes you, like listening to music, listening to birdsong; anything that takes your mind away from the everyday stuff we are always dealing with.
Remember, you are very important, and more important than those other things you clean; your home and office. Use these tips to ‘spring’ clean your mind, and enjoy your new beginning free from stresses and negativity. Having this kind of declutter is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
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