As I write this blog post, I am sitting on a park bench in a beautiful green space waiting for my son to complete his first in car driving lesson. With the post being about clearing the clutter, it makes me smile thinking about how that is the last thing on my mind right now. And it feels so good!
With the warmer temps and longer days in my part of the country, the idea of clearing the clutter is as exciting to me as not needing to wear as many layers. I know that I am ready to shed what no longer serves me, whether it is extra layers or clutter.
So many of my conversations lately have centered around everyone’s desire to let go of all of the clutter. This tells me that I am not alone.
There are so many theories out there regarding what is the best way to let go of all of the clutter. The best one would be the one that works for you. All you have to do is google “clearing the clutter” and you will find endless sources of inspiration.
According to Peter Walsch, clutter is anything that stands between you and the life you want to be living.
While my possessions do pose a challenge for me, I know that another area that I need to clear is the clutter is my mind.
One of my favorite quotes by Gretchen Rubin is:
“Outer order contributes to inner calm.”
Along with this, I believe that inner calm leads to outer order.
Each day we are bombarded with so many influences and messages. Social media, the internet and the people that we spend our time with are just a few. On an average day, we process between 50,000 and 70,000 thoughts. That tires me out just thinking about it!
When I think about my mind being one of my greatest assets, I want to fill it with thoughts that add to my life. That would mean letting go of judgment, expectations, fears and anything else that mentally weighs me down.
The reality is that I would rather live my life coming from a place of clarity, living intentionally and being present in my days.
I couldn’t end this post without talking about electronic clutter. Do you ever count how many emails come into your inbox each day? Maybe it feels best not too!
While email can be a great tool, I have also found it to be a great source of distraction. What’s the first thing you do when you hear the ping of a new email? It has to be more important than what you are currently doing, right?
Some days when I am constantly checking my email, I find myself not fully living my own life. Do this sound familiar to you?
What I know to be true is that I want clear the clutter in my life to make space for the things that are most important to me. I want to live my life fully and know that at the end of each day, I found the balance that felt just right for me.
So what area of clearing the clutter most resonates with you? Do you need to let go of the negative chatter in your head, finally tame those emails or simplify your living space?
Whatever you decide to work on first, remember that it all about progress not perfection. Taking small steps can be the best way to set yourself up for success.
What can you do this week that will put you on the path to leading a more clutter-free life? Maybe it’s unsubscribing to the emails that never get read, cleaning out a drawer in the kitchen or letting go of some of your negative thoughts.
I would love to hear from you so feel free to comment below. Should you have any questions or want to connect, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.