It’s that time of year again! Time to spring ahead! As we slowly start to emerge from winter hibernation mode, we may notice that our literal and figurative junk drawers became a little overstuffed during the course of the last few dreary Pittsburgh months. So, what can we do to un-stuff them and clear some of the clutter? Start by looking around and asking yourself, what would I like to keep and what would I like to change or get rid of? This can apply to anything from relationships or bad habits, to clothing or those growing piles of junk lying around the house or office.
We don’t need to go all out Marie Kondo on our life, but we can definitely declutter and get rid of what is no longer serving us. According to Regina Leeds, who wrote the book One Year to an Organized Life, “We create in the physical world the pattern of how we think and experience the world,” or, put more succinctly, “Your crap and your clutter is what’s going on inside of you.” And while our clutter tolerance may vary from person to person, we can all benefit from creating a space for ourselves that is supportive and healthy, and refreshing.
Here are a few things you can do to start to simplify and declutter your physical and mental space:
Clear your mind! Look at your bad habits and consider introducing a new, healthier coping strategy. Remember that none of us are perfect, so be kind to yourself in the process and work toward letting go of those judgments. Maybe get up a few minutes earlier than normal to practice some mindfulness. That may be as simple as not turning on the TV and, instead, listening to the birds chirp as you drink your morning coffee. Practice being present. Get outdoors. Go for a short walk at lunchtime.
Stop avoiding! Whether you have been avoiding a task, having a difficult conversation, or dealing with those pesky emotions, avoidance only leads to more clutter. If it is a task, maybe break it down into smaller, more manageable steps. Spend 15 minutes at some point during your day to straighten up or sort through a pile of papers, or clean out one drawer in your kitchen. Set aside time to have that difficult conversation, or allow yourself to go through those difficult feelings. Practice long, calm deep breathing, and self-care.
Donate! If you are going through your clothing, consider donating anything you haven’t worn in the last year.
Let go! Get rid of those old receipts that you’ve been hanging onto or all of those emails piling up in your junk mail. Do you still need them? Can you unsubscribe from some lists? Those broken things that you shoved into a drawer and vowed to get them fixed? Either get them fixed or toss them out. Toxic relationships? You can let go of them, too! (It will also help clear your mind!)
Find things that bring you joy and do more of that! Even if it’s one small thing each day. Find gratitude in the small things.
Remember, it’s about progress, not perfection.
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