Tips to Declutter your Mind

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Tips to Declutter your Mind

Do you feel like your mind is on full? Has life simply become very overwhelming and you have difficulties focusing on daily tasks? This happens to the best of us. With the busy lifestyle so many live these days it’s no wonder we neglect to take care of our own minds. While tidying up your home may feel great and be necessary, there’s another area in life that we must declutter in order to keep our life stress free. Today, I am sharing tips to declutter your mind because once you’ve decluttered the home; it’s time to clear out those thoughts that hold you back from living to your full potential.

Post-it Sticky Notes

Use Sticky Notes

When you’re raising a family often times there is a lot more stress on your shoulders as you try to remember everything for everyone. You aren’t a robot and you don’t have to keep all data in your mind. Use sticky notes to jot down daily to-do lists or events that are coming up until you can transfer them to a calendar. This will help declutter your mind and make room for other thoughts that help you regain inner peace.

Journal

Let go of Worries

Use a journal to write down your worries or things that kept your mind full during the day. Having a journal that you write thoughts into each night will help declutter your mind as you pull them from the brain and place them on that paper. You can use an actual journal (the beautiful one above is only $20 on Amazon) or a pad of paper by your nightstand and get into the practice of writing down worries every night before bed.  The Zebra Sarasa gel pens come in an array of beautiful colors and they make writing so much more fun for me.  If writing your thoughts is difficult to begin with try writing with a fun pen and keep writing and doodling till it comes more naturally.

Multitasking

Focus on One thing at a Time

This is the perfect step to decluttering your mind because you let go of the bigger picture and only focus on one thing at a time. If you have a large to-do list every day, make sure you focus on one task at a time and move onto the next task once the first one is complete. This will easily allow you to let go of multi-tasking to the point that you’re stressing yourself out.  As it turns out, studies now say that multitasking isn’t really good for you anyway.  #Mono-tasking

Declutter Your Mind

Pay Attention to Important Stuff

Only allow thoughts that matter to take up space in your mind. We can get into information overload easily with social media and family but in order to fully declutter your mind, you’ll have to learn to only pay attention to the important stuff. Each day we hear so many things that aren’t important and they consume a large part of our mind, let that nonsense go and only hold important thoughts in your mind.

There you have it, tips to declutter your mind so that you can have less stress, less worry and in turn live a more peaceful life. These tips should help inspire anyone to get a head start to decluttering their mind for happier living.

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo Review

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The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Like many of you, I read the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up four years ago and was pleasantly startled by her fresh perspective of decluttering.  She attacked categories at a time and not locations.

My favorite quote from the book, “People cannot change their habits without first changing their thinking.

It forever changed the way I thought of things.  Now I try to keep and buy only things that spark joy.  I’ve recommended it to friends and readers for years.  Recently, in our Live With Less Facebook group someone mentioned a Netflix original called Tidying Up With Marie Kondo.  What?  Perfect timing!  People are now feeling uncomfortable with the amount of extra stuff from Christmas and are making New Year’s resolutions to live with less.  Well timed, Netflix, well timed!

Tidying Up With Marie Kondo

When we turned on Netflix tonight we saw an ad for the show and not having any series that we’re currently binge watching, we decided to give it a try.  Our thoughts: it sparked joy. 🙂  See what we did there?  We only watched the first episode but it really hit home.  It was nearly identical to my family’s situation.  My husband is naturally more organized than me, I can get so overwhelmed with daily activities that decluttering seems challenging at best, I dislike laundry,  and we have two small kids like they did.  It was a good show and I’m glad we watched it.  I’m still not a fan of talking to inanimate objects but looking past that I loved it!

I’m excited to watching the rest of them with my husband. To give you a little background, my husband never, and I mean never, watches decorating or yardsale/purging shows and he enjoyed it enough to want watch another one tomorrow. We both have a desire to live with less and watching someone declutter their home and deal with the emotions of it all was incredibly motivating.

So far, I’m loving the series. It’s inspiring me, it’s challenging me, and it makes me want to pause the TV and go fill a box of my unwanted belongings before watching more.  If you’ve seen it, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!

If you’re looking for more decluttering motivation feel free to join our Live With Less Facebook group and say hi!

January Decluttering Challenge 2019

January Declutter Challenge

It’s easy to collect things through the year.  Things we don’t need.  Things others could use.  Things we can sell.  Things we need to find and just put to use.  At least my family does this.  If you have too much stuff and your house could use a decluttering jump start then this challenge is for you.  This January Decluttering Challenge is a daily checklist for you to easily remove things from your home that you no longer need.  Feel free to donate, gift, recycle, or use up these items before opting to throw them away.

We have an active and encouraging Live With Less Facebook group that I would love to have you join.  You can share before and after photos, ask for advice, and share encouraging photos of things you’re letting go of.  You can join by clicking here.




























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Happy New Year!  I hope you’ll join our Live With Less Facebook group so we can connect and chat!

You might also like our 200 Things to Throw Away post.

Live With Less 12 Week Challenge Winner Announced!

Balloons

It is with great pleasure that I get to announce the winner of our long, exciting, and well challenging challenge.

Drum roll please…

Oh, and if you want to join our next challenge join our Live With Less Facebook group for an update.

With 12 whole weeks of picture proof progress our winner is….

One last thing, if you want to start decluttering but don’t know where to begin, check out our 200 Things to Throw Away Now list.

Without further ado… the winner of $100 cash goes to…

Michelle M.!!!!

Congratulations, Michelle!!!

Everyone who completed the challenge is a winner in my eyes.  Even if you didn’t finish, look at all the progress you did make.  Keep on living with less and I’ll share details about the next challenge once they’ve been finalized.

5 Painless Ways to Live With Less

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Painless Ways to Live With Less

Belongings breed like rabbits. Behind your back, your collection of “stuff” can double every year. Those objects feel like extensions of the people who owned them or gave them to you, and that can make getting rid of possessions feel like acts of disloyalty.

But objects aren’t people. The fluorescent green sweater your aunt knitted for you, in a color you wouldn’t wear to your own funeral, let alone hers, isn’t a proxy for your aunt. You wouldn’t dream of getting rid of your father’s watch, but his collection of rusty tools crowds out your own toolbox. Choose meaningful items to represent your past relationships, and declutter the trivial stuff in a productive act of minimalism.

Take Photos Before Throwing Away

  • –  Picture This

One easy way to keep a virtual representation of the things you choose to donate or discard: Take digital pictures or footage of them. Yes, it’s possible to hoard photos, too, but it’s much easier to find storage space for digital pictures than for physical objects. Eventually, you’ll find that photos loses their emotional connections and become “why-did-I-take-that?” image files you can delete.

Vintage Red Dress

  • –  Clothes-Closet Clutter

To regain closet space without losing the shirt off your back, implement one-and-one decluttering rules. If you haven’t worn a garment in one year, and it’s not within one size of your current wardrobe, put it in the donation pile. If your closet fills up with vintage bargains from secondhand stores, limit yourself to garments you’ll wear within one month and use for at least one year. And if you’re a sucker for sales, impose a one-sale, one-garment ceiling on your purchases.

Canvas Storage Box

  • –  Out of Sight, Out of Mind

To help yourself declutter, start a purgatory box. Instead of putting objects back in a drawer when you can’t seem to part with them, put them in the purgatory box and store it on a closet shelf you can’t reach without a ladder. Every year on a specific date, open the purgatory box and choose at least one item to donate. The out-of-sight, out-of-mind principle means that the next time you open the box, you’ll have forgotten the significance of some of its contents.

Shredder

  • –  Please Keep Up

Especially if you’re prone to packratting, impose a one-day limit on allowing piles to accumulate on furniture and floors. “I’ll do it tomorrow” soon becomes “I can’t cope.” Don’t set down mail you plan to shred or recycle: Process it right away, and avoid creating an overwhelming backlog.  (This shredder has good reviews and is only $30!)  Once you decide to get rid of something, don’t let it hang around. Schedule a donation day each month on which you drop off a bag of items to a thrift shop.

Kindle

  • –  Borrow, Don’t Buy

Rather than accumulate items you can rent or borrow, let the public library, tool rental, Amazon ebooks, and other sources help you live with less. Your library’s collections include video and audio recordings as well as books. Small hand tools may make sense to keep around so you can solve problems that crop up in the middle of the night, but you can rent bigger items such as carpet shampooers and power tools.

If you’ve considered minimalism as a lifestyle but backed away from implementing the choice to declutter your home, chances are you’ve equated “live with less” with “lose my identity.” Paring down a lifetime’s accumulation of material things means getting rid of excess baggage, freeing yourself from the past in a healthful, liberating step that gives you a fresh start.

How to Be a Minimalist

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How To Be a Minimalist

Everyone is obsessed with buying more and more belongings. Unfortunately, not everything we buy is really important, and that would explain swollen garages and basements in many homes. There is nothing more fulfilling than living with less, owning what you only need. Although some people may find this a little weird…especially if they are into hoarding stuff, minimalism is one sure way of not just saving money but also decluttering your home and office desk and these tips can help you achieve that.

How to be a minimalist?

Here are 3 tips for the beginning minimalist!

  • –  Buy Only What You Need
    This is an interesting idea that can actually turn you from being a hoarder into a minimalist. Avoid buying something that you do not need. This will only lead to a house that is so full that you have nowhere to pass. Instead, ask yourself if you really need anything before making a purchase, and you will be surprised by the items that you will walk right on past.
  • –  Sell or Donate What You Don’t Need
    One of the reasons you probably have a basement and garage full of stuff is because you do not use those items. Instead of storing them away, go ahead and sell or donate them. How do you know what to give away? It is quite simple, anything that you have not used for about six months (or at least a year) is surplus to requirements, and you can let go. One interesting way to accomplish this is by posting one time on websites such as Craigslist, eBay, or Amazon.
  • –  Unsubscribe from Mailing Lists
    Living with less does not just end with decluttering your home. Many of us have subscribed to mailing lists that keep sending things that are probably mot even necessary. Dealing with a full inbox robs you of your time and unsubscribing from such lists will help you declutter your life. Remember, ignorance is bliss, and you will not be tempted to buy something if you do not know about it.  Unroll.me is a great service for helping you unsubscribe to mass emails quickly.

These are not very big changes.  They are small but they lead to a better life where you will not be bothered by clutter.

How to Get Your Spouse to Declutter Without Nagging

Decluttering without nagging

My husband is the neat and tidy one in my home. I like things that way but often I let procrastination set in…and of course my kids make that option far too easy to choose! I think it’s great that God wired us all differently and although that may make it challenging to understand our partners it’s a good thing. Things that stretch us are good, right? Just like the Live With Less challenge! 🙂

Roommates

Before I was married I had the fun experience of sharing a room with two fabulous girls in college. Three totally different people with different personalities, previous experiences, decorating styles, cleaning methods, and opinions on food were shoved into a small room and expected to live peaceably together for the year.  We ended up having a great year and chose to room together every semester after that.  Why did we get along?  It’s because we accepted each other despite our differences.  We knew we were different and we chose to bond over what we had in common.  They bonded over liking Ohio State and I never will as long as I live.  One girl (on the left) and I bonded over dogs, we both loved our dogs while the other girl liked cats.  The other girl (in the middle) and I bonded over finding great deals and repurposing everything.  We both balked at the other one as she got rid of a perfectly good cd alarm clock at the end of the year because she no longer needed it.  The lessons of compromise that I learned in college is one of the greatest lessons I’ve learned in life.

Our spouses will probably disagree with us on something every single day.  Whether it’s the way we make spaghetti, fold t-shirts, or how we take the lint out of the dryer.  Those are all hypothetical, of course. 😉  I like Brummel and Brown and my husband likes real butter.  I can’t stand the thought of sugar on my cereal and my husband doesn’t eat it without it.  We’re all different and that’s okay.  How we deal with those differences will affect our relationships.

In our Live With Less Facebook group I’m seeing a lot of conversation about how to approach our spouses to get on board this decluttering train.

Here are a few things I’d like you to remember:

– It wasn’t long ago that you weren’t in this decluttering mindset either.  Give them time to come around.  Lead by example and hopefully they’ll want to follow suit.
– Don’t give away their things.  Unless your spouse specifically gives you instructions to throw things away, I would avoid it.  My husband will sometimes tell me to throw away his old birthday cards because if he rereads them he would want to keep them but he knows he’ll never miss them once they’re gone.  You wouldn’t want your spouse to prioritize your belongings and get rid of them without warning so don’t do the same to them.
– Remember you’re on the same team.  You two are both on the same team battling clutter.  No one wins when you fight each other.
– Question but don’t mock.  If you’re going through belongings with your husband and see that your husband is keeping a t-shirt that has seen better days don’t make fun of him for keeping it but ask him why he’s keeping it.  He just might have a great story to tell that you’ve never heard before and you’ll be able to know that much more about the man you married.
– Communicate.  If you’re annoyed that your spouse isn’t as excited as you are about Living With Less it’s important to make sure you communicated your desire clearly.  Casually bringing it up once at dinner might not get the point across.  Wait till the kids are in bed, distractions are limited, and look them in the eye and explain what you’re feeling.  Are you overwhelmed with stuff?  Excited about having a peaceful home?  Paint them a picture of what you want your home to be.  Tell them your thoughts and engage them in conversation.  Your spouse loves you and hopefully when you explain that this is important to you they’ll be willing to listen.   Together fine tune your goal and what each of you can do to work towards that goal.
Above all, respect them.  Even if they don’t agree with decluttering right now, they may be more open to it later if they’re not constantly reminded about it.  It’s okay if they don’t want to.  Remember, they don’t have to be like you and you can be happy being different from them.  Do your own decluttering and bond with them over the things you both have in common.

Did I leave something off this list?  What would you add that will help keep the peace at home while decluttering?