It’s time for some spring cleaning around here! To truly know and connect with yourself, you have to get rid of the clutter in your life. That means clutter of all forms – mental, emotional and physical.
Have you ever noticed how much lighter and happier you feel when your house is organized and clean? There’s this sense of calm where you can finally relax and actually be productive. What about when you’re stressed and overwhelmed? Those times where you don’t even know where to start, and you end up spinning your wheels and not getting anything done. Well, it’s all because of clutter.
Clutter is anything inside or outside of us blocking us from a calm and peaceful existence. It’s the physical stuff in our house that is taking up unnecessary space and energy. And, it’s the thoughts and emotions taking up needless space and energy in our heads and hearts.
Here are 3 steps to decluttering your life:
When you’re dealing with a lot of mind-chatter and intense emotions, it’s time to get out your journal. I know some of you are probably rolling your eyes as many of my coaching clients do when I make this suggestion, but let me explain what I mean by journaling. I’m not asking you to detail your day as you may have done when you were a little kid. Instead, I want you to use your journal to vent out what you’re feeling. What’s going on in your life? Most often it involves frustration, anxiety and anger. So go ahead and GET IT OUT! Swear, say nasty things, its ok! Your journal is your private place to express what you need to.
Once you have finished vented, complete this exercise by writing about the positive things in your life. What is going right in your life right now? What are you grateful for? You’ll notice that getting all of your emotions out on paper helps diffuse stress and overwhelm and creates space to move on and create new things in your life.
- Clean and organize your space
Go though every room in your house and get rid of anything you don’t need or haven’t used or worn in the last year. Shred unneeded papers and donate old clothes. Go through your make-up and toiletries and toss out anything that has expired or is half-used. Do the same in your refrigerator and kitchen cabinets. Once you have decluttered your home, do the same for your office or workspace.
The reality is that having extraneous stuff around us just takes up space and drains our energy. So clean your physical surroundings and you’ll be amazed at the positive effect on your inner space. You’ll feel more calm and at peaceful and ready to move on to more productive things.
Yep, we’re back to meditating! As I always say, all you need to begin meditating is to start quieting your mind for 5 minutes each day. (For my more seasoned meditators, try adding 5 or 10 minutes to your normal practice this week and see what happens!).
Begin by lighting a candle and focus on the candle flame while breathing in and out. If your thoughts wander it’s ok and totally normal, just bring your focus back to the flame. If you prefer, you can also get on YouTube and search for guided meditations with soothing music and instructions. There are tons of good options available, so go ahead and explore!