Declutter Your Mind and Life

Clear your mind… and declutter your life. A few minutes a day can make you calmer and more organised. Try this easy life overhaul…

Do you have trouble finding everyday things? Or feel down just seeing the clutter in your home? Then it’s time for a clear-out. For most of us, outer order helps to achieve inner calmness. You’ll be surprised by the energy and cheer released by clutter-clearing, and you’ll be able to find your keys fast again. The mistake we often make is to have a big clear-out every so often. Decluttering should be a continual process. Take up a challenge and spend a few minutes a day for a month and get rid of at least one thing.

DECIDE ON A PERSON OR PLACE TO WHOM YOU CAN GIVE THINGS

It’s so much easier to get rid of things you don’t need or want any more if you can picture someone getting good use from them. It may be a friend with young children for your children’ clothes, for example, or a specific charity shop for CDs and books.

BE STRICT

Your challenge is to get rid of at least one thing a day. Only keep things you need or love. If something isn’t practical but has sentimental value, that’s okay, even if you don’t use it often. Be ruthless with all things that have been “in storage” for a while as this usually means you’re not using them but don’t know what to do with them.

Declutter Your Mind and Life

TARGET A SMALL AREA AT A TIME

A couple of minutes doesn’t suffice to clear out your whole wardrobe, but you can go through a small drawer or a corner of a shelf.

IF IT’S BROKEN, THROW IT AWAY

If it can be fixed, and you’ll get around to doing it, it may be worth keeping. But you need to get rid of the dried up nail polish, the cheap earrings with stones missing, and laddered tights.

FIND AN AREA TO TEMPORARILY KEEP THINGS

It may be the best to find a box where you’ll toss all things you don’t need any more. But don’t let it build up. Once a week – on a Saturday, for example – remove it all from your home.

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.

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