Decluttering your home and life is incredible.
It gives you the freedom to live without overwhelm. It gives you more control over your life. You’ll have more time on your hands.
Eliminating distractions creates space for you to focus on your highest priorities. You can align with the best version of yourself. You can create your dream life.
When you learn to declutter your mind you can clean up your home and life.
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How To Declutter Your Home And Simplify Your Life
To declutter your home, you need to start by decluttering your mind. There’s magic to having a clear headspace. Having a clean mind and home go hand-in-hand.
Your thoughts are what create your results.
There are so many great ways to declutter your home, but so many thoughts can also get in your way.
- 31 Ways To Simplify Your Life (blog post)
- Mindset Hacks (podcast)
- How To Live An Intentional Life (free course)
How Your Thoughts Impact Your Clutter
It’s so easy to let your thoughts get in the way of decluttering.
You may want to blame others. Maybe you’re frustrated with your husband or your kids for not cleaning up enough.
Maybe you’re frustrated because you feel like it’s too much to do.
Or maybe it’s very hard to let go because you’re attached to the stuff. You could be living in a mindset of lack, so you feel like you don’t have enough.
These are all just thoughts. Instead, think different thoughts that allow you to focus on what needs to be done.
Instead of shifting the blame to others, or letting overwhelm take you over, choose to think to yourself, “why not me?” Realize you’re the best person to handle your environment. Realize you’re the best person to take control of the way you think of your home.
If you think it’s too much, break it down. Take a little bit at a time. Create smaller goals to attack the project as a whole. Start with one drawer and work up to a whole room.
Learn to complete the chapter with your material things. Learn to let go of your material things when they’ve served their purpose. Even if those items are sentimental. If you have no purpose for it, another person might fall in love and use it instead.
What you think about your clutter is going to be what impacts how you declutter.
- The Problem With Accountability (blog post)
- Self Accountability (podcast)
- How To Be More Accountable To Yourself (YouTube video)
- Scarcity Vs. Abundance Mindset (free course)
How to Declutter Your Mind
If you want to declutter your environment, you have to first declutter your mind.
You can clean up your mind by self coaching. Learn to coach yourself by changing your mindset. If you have a mindset of lack, retrain your thoughts. Coach yourself to have a mindset of abundance.
What you already have right now is enough, and you can always create more.
When you come from a place of abundance you can get rid of the items you no longer need. And you can always know you can create more of what you truly want.
What makes this easiest is getting good at decision making.
When you clean up the mental clutter, you have more space in your mind. There’s less to think about. You can make decisions faster.
This is such an amazing tool to have. When you make decisions faster, you’re taking up less headspace and creating more room for what matters most.
- Scarcity Vs. Abundance (podcast)
- Scarcity Vs. Abundance (blog post)
- Decision Making (podcast)
- Scarcity Vs. Abundance (YouTube video)
Your Mind Creates Your Space
Your mind is what creates the space around you. It isn’t the other way around. You may have heard before your environment can impact your mind. It’s actually the opposite.
The thoughts you’re thinking inside your head is what fills the space. If you have cluttered thoughts, you’re going to have a cluttered living space.
If you constantly think you never have enough time to clean, you’re never going to clean.
And if you’re thinking too many thoughts at once, you’re going to be overwhelmed. That overwhelm is going to seep into every part of your life.
- Resource: Conquering Anxiety (free course)
Write Everything Down
An amazing way to clear your mind is to do a memory dump on paper. Start to journal. Write all the thoughts in your head down on paper.
When you can clear your head of the thoughts, you’re giving yourself more mind space to focus. You’ll see you have more room in your head to make decisions quicker. There won’t be as many distractions.
The Result Of Decluttering Your Mind
Having a decluttered mind is incredible. You’re decluttering your whole life.
You’ll be able to focus on what matters most. There’s no distractions with thousands of thoughts. You can limit your options. You can see your goals so much clearer.
You’ll find you’re wasting less time cleaning and organizing. You’ll see you can create the results you want.
And you’ll be able to take massive action because you can focus on one task at a time.
When you declutter your mind, you’re setting yourself up for success.
- How To Improve Your Mindset (podcast)
- How To Believe Something New (blog post)
- Direction Vs. Intention (podcast)
How To Declutter Your Home
After you declutter your mind, you can focus on decluttering your home. Decluttering your whole house can seem like a daunting task. It may seem like it will take a long time. When you take one decluttering project at a time, it makes it much more manageable. However, here is a little step by step guide on decluttering tips to make it easier.
Go Room By Room
It’s a good idea to start by doing one room at a time until the whole home is done. I don’t care if you start in the kitchen, bedroom, home office, living room, laundry room, or your kitchen cabinets, it’s up to you. But just focus on one at a time. Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to do too much at once.
- Resource: Overcoming Self Doubt (free course)
Pull Everything Out
Pull everything out of each room as you go through them. Don’t just start picking through your items at random. Don’t just focus on organizing your coffee table or medicine cabinet. You need to focus on the whole area.
Remove all of the items you have from the room and I think you’ll be shocked to see it all piled up.
You may realize you have items you haven’t seen in years. You might a lot of stuff you’ve never used before. It’s going to look like so much more than it did when it was stuffed away. This is a major part of the decluttering process. You don’t need a professional organizer to come in and do it for you. You can do hard things.
It’s so easy to put things away and never pull them out again.
Take an inventory of what you have. You’re going to realize there’s much more than you need.
- Constraint (podcast)
- How Only Wearing Neutrals Makes My Life Simpler (blog post)
- Time Management Tools (free course)
Only Put Things Back If You Use, Want, Or Love It.
After you pull everything out, only put back what you use, want, or love. You want your space to feel light and airy. Utilize storage spaces for things you actually use not just things you put away so you don’t have to deal with looking at them.
You don’t need to keep sentimental items because of your past with them. You also want to be able to focus on setting yourself up for the future. So don’t create your future out of your history. You want to level up your life.
Take each item and don’t put it back till you’ve asked yourself three questions…
- Do I use this?
- Do I want this?
- Do I love this?
Every single item doesn’t need to fall into these categories. You can be using something a lot, and want to have it, but not be in love with it.
But you should have a purpose for what you want. So ask yourself, would I redecide to buy this? If the answer is no, let go of it. Throw it in a trash bag or donate if you’re able to. Don’t store items in a cabinet just because.
You don’t need to keep something you don’t want just because you bought it before. If it doesn’t fall into those categories above, lose it. Or if you haven’t used something you thought you would within, for example, 30 days, donate or get rid of it.
You’re going to find you’re creating a life you love with what you love most.
- Clarifying Questions For Goal Success (podcast)
- 7 Clarifying Questions For Goal Success (blog post)
- How To Answer Your Own Questions (blog post)
Donate + Sell What’s Left
Take everything that’s left over and donate it or sell it. You may have loved something when you first bought it, but now someone else can love it instead. You want your environment to be clutter free.
Get rid of the clutter. In addition, don’t be afraid to throw things away. Also, try taking your donation items to some charity shops. You’re also giving them back into the world. Someone else is going to see it and enjoy it.
Getting rid of something doesn’t mean you’re wasting it. You got your use out of it. So now someone else can do the same.
You can also sell and make yourself some extra money. Have a garage sale or try selling online. You can also use the money you make to get something you actually do use, want, or love.
Create More White Space
When you clear out your home, you’re also creating more white space. You’re creating less noise. There’s also less distraction. So you’re giving yourself a more simple life.
For example, how many of you the first thing you do when you get home is load up things on your kitchen table or kitchen counters. Stop doing this. Put your things away where they belong. Don’t leave your work things out cluttering your new decluttered environment.
You’re giving yourself more of a margin. And you’re not going to have room for what you truly want if you’re keeping your stuff for the wrong reasons.
You can also use the margin for less distraction. You can use the free space to go for bigger goals.
When you create more open space, you’re limiting your decisions. When you limit decisions and distractions you can be more focused. And when you’re more focused you can go all in with the important stuff.
The Benefits Of Decluttering Your Life
There are so many awesome benefits of decluttering your life. Your life is going to be limitless.
When you declutter, you’re setting yourself up for success. You’re setting up a distraction free environment. You’re also going to be able to focus on what matters to you most.
You Feel Less Overwhelmed
When there’s less clutter you’re going to feel less overwhelmed. There are going to be less decision making to take up your headspace. So you’re going to feel more relaxed. There will also be more space for you to focus.
It feels amazing to focus on your plans without other distracting thoughts.
- Beating Overwhelm (podcast)
- 7 Steps To Stop Feeling Overwhelmed (blog post)
- Overcoming Self Doubt (free course)
You Have A Sense Of Control
When you take your clutter into your hands, you’re giving yourself a sense of control.
You have control over your mind.
You have control over the space around you.
Moreover, you can plan for your dream life and go all in with making it a reality. You also have control over the thoughts and actions that will get you there.
You Make Faster Decisions
When you have less to choose from, you can make faster decisions.
Limiting your options is an amazing way to clear some stress. In fact, you can make a quick decision and move on to the next thing.
After you declutter, you’ll realize you’re not just saving space. You’re also saving your time.
You’re decision making quickly. And you’re not wasting your time standing still. You can now constantly move forward. So there’s way less holding you back.
You Create More Time For Higher Priorities
With less distractions, you can use your time for higher priorities.
You can focus on your long term goals. In fact, your calendar isn’t going to be full of tasks that waste your time. So you’re not going to be spending time cleaning. You won’t have a million pieces of clothes to choose from when you wake up.
You can also work towards the future self you’ve always dreamed of.
When you’re not stuck in the past, you’re leveling yourself up for the future.
- How To Stop Repeating Your Past And Design Your Dream Future From Your Future (blog post)
- Visualizing Your Future Self (podcast)
- Grow You (coaching)
A Final Note!
Decluttering is incredible.
However, you can’t declutter your home if you don’t declutter your mind.
Declutter your mind so you can declutter your environment. When you choose to clear away distractions, you can go all in with your goals.
You’re going to get rid of so much clutter you’ll be able to focus on what matters the most.