This is a bit of a different post from what I usually share but recently I have noticed that this is quite a critical part of getting rid of negative things in my life and working on my over all well being. So, I thought, why not share my top tips on decluttering my life.
Is there anything more satisfying than the feeling you get when you have cleared out so much crap you’ve been hoarding? For me, no there’s not. When I have a clear out, which is probably more often than a lot of people, I feel cleansed. I don’t know if it’s being in a room that has less stuff in it than it did previously, or the feeling that you have achieved something. But it is SO cleansing. I always feel like I have a new lease of life after clearing things out and it can make me feel SO much better.
When I do clear stuff out, if it cannot be recycled or donated, in the bin it goes. I try my best to donate anything that can be reused or given to someone who might love it more than me.
Do I really need this?
Obviously if it’s things like deodorant, documents and bed sheets, yes you do. But if you’ve got stuff in cupboards that aren’t essentials, then the answer is, probably not.
That flip up phone you’ve kept from years ago just in case your current phone breaks? You don’t need it. Chuck it. Along with all those wires you have from cameras and devises you got rid of years ago. You don’t need them and they are taking up space.
When was the last time I used this?
Make up is something I struggle with decluttering. I don’t have absolutely loads of it but I do have a lot of stuff that I’m probably never going to use again. So why am I keeping it? ‘Just in case’ I always say to myself. No Louise, if you really need blue lipstick to be a Smurf again, you can pick up a cheap one online. Go through things thoroughly and
Does it have memories attached to it?
I have a box of stuff that has special cards, notes and memories in it that I know I will never get rid of. So special items with sentimental value can obviously stay. Saying that, I’ve managed to chuck out a fair few teddy bears over the years but I still have a little corner that has special ones. And that’s okay. I don’t mind things taking up room if they make me smile or remind me of certain memories. Things that bring happiness to your life can really cheer you up just by looking at them and reminding yourself of good memories.
Is it just physical stuff that is cluttering up your life?
Last month I felt like I needed a good Facebook clear out. There was so many people all over my feed who were just far too negative or people that to be honest, I haven’t spoken to in about 6 years. Clearing out social media is SO MUCH EFFORT but oh my, it is so worth it. I managed to get rid of 362 people leaving me with a healthy timeline filled with 387 people who I am interested in reading about. To be honest, I don’t think people I met on one night out during University want to read my updates either.
Since my social media clear out, I have actually noticed a difference in how I interact online. I find myself commenting on peoples posts so much more and not missing out on more important updates from people I do have contact with. And most of the negativity and people airing their dirty laundry has gone.
Are you surrounding yourself with people who negatively impact your life?
This is the hardest part. Letting go of people. But sometimes, you have to. You need to surround yourself with people who care for you, those who want to help you do the best you can and those who celebrate your success with you. Sometimes it’s not always easy noticing that people are getting you down but once you have, you need to seriously ask yourself if these people are worth having in your life? I don’t want to go too much into this as sometimes these situations can be circumstantial and sometimes it doesn’t impact you too much if it is someone you don’t interact with so often.
Do you find yourself needing a clear out? Let me know if you have any more tips on how I can declutter my life!