What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of clutter? When last do you remember feeling carefree? We’re slowly finding ourselves overwhelmed with the things around us.
And although we find it difficult to change most of it, there’s a good number of things we can start removing or shifting in our lives to enable us to breathe a little more with ease.
According to Kerry Thomas, the word clutter has exploded now more than in the past. Clutter is not just “stuff” anymore. It’s becoming a way of living. This is because we have become so used to having unnecessary things around that we don’t even notice that they are sucking our energy.
5 types of clutter people are prone to having;
1. Physical Clutter – we are all familiar with that particular closet that is overflowing with forgotten items that we refuse to throw away ‘just in case’. Or the overflowing piles of junk in the garage that fathers refuse to throw away because he doesn’t know when he’ll need that old mattress.
Physical clutter tends to decrease our productivity because it can become very distracting when trying to work in an untidy environment.
2. Digital Clutter – how many unread emails do you have in your inbox? Are you keeping old messages from people you no longer talk to? Do you have newsletter subscriptions you don’t even look at anymore? What about screenshots from February? There might be some apps you’ve last used in June that you might want to consider uninstalling.
3. Emotional Clutter – this caters to the negative emotions and feelings we have of ourselves or others. We often catch ourselves using our negative voice to demotivate ourselves. ‘I can’t get an A+ in Physics because I’m not smart enough’ is an example of daily lies we tell ourselves, and consequently, this affects the way we view ourselves and limit our strengths.
4. Mental Clutter – similar to number 3, this type is based on what’s going on in your head. Perhaps people’s opinions about you weigh you down, or you’re holding onto things that happened a long time ago.
Samara Stone defines mental clutter as the stuff that not only takes up space in our brain but continues to live rent-free because we feed, clothe and sustain it. Because of the constant twists and turns, we are eventually led down a dark path.
5. Spiritual Clutter – this involves the lack of peace within yourself, past grievances, bitterness, resentments, an inability to forgive even when an apology wasn’t issued. This one may come as a shock to some people because it doesn’t ‘fit’ to be a type of clutter. It’s extremely subtle but detrimental to our well-being.
Clutter is nothing more than postponed decisionsBarbara Hempill
According to Ana Mascara, there are five steps to de-clutter your mind.
- Sort out your clutter & stress sources.
- Free up your mental space.
- Avoid social comparisons.
- Stop trying to multitask.
- Limit your choices.
There’s no better time to start de-cluttering your life than a new season.