We’ve lived in the same home for 14+ years and in that time we’ve managed to collect a lot of stuff. It’s unfortunate. My husband especially has a hard time letting things go and I’ve struggled with how to best deal with that! I think we’re finally on the road to getting our home decluttered for good. But it’s taken a lot of effort – including mental shifts in how we (my husband in particular) look at our belongings.
Decluttering your home creates a more peaceful space for you to exist, but the key to truly decluttering is changing your mindset. It starts with getting rid of your mental clutter.
When you hold on to stuff, there’s often an emotional or mental reason why it’s so hard to let things go and get rid of the clutter. Whether the things cluttering your home are sentimental in nature or you are very frugal and hate “wasting” stuff, the truth is, letting go of stuff frees your mind and soul – not just your home.
Mental clutter can be oppressive to the extent that we feel stress on a daily basis. There’s always so much to do in so little time and so much to remember. Stress clutters the mind and keeps us from fully enjoying life, but there are things we can do to alleviate stress and clear mental clutter.
Here are 7 simple routines you can do to help clear your mental clutter.
7 Routines to Help You Clear Mental Clutter
I don’t think God ever meant for us to feel so much stress and have our hearts, minds, and homes filled with so much clutter. Our first and most important focus each day should be centered on Christ. The Bible tells us that HE keeps us in perfect peace when our mind is focused on Him.
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3
Setting aside a few minutes each morning to read Scripture, read a devotion or inspirational blog, play or sing a hymn, and talk to God through prayer is life changing and I promise you will see a difference when you make it a daily habit.
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Working out is not only a great way to stay in shape, but it will also help you in the self care department. When I’m on a hike or going for a walk outside, it gives me a chance to clear my head and start fresh. If you have a lot of worries on your mind, go for a walk or hit the gym! Your body will be in better shape, and your mind will be better for it.
Use a planner.
It doesn’t matter if you’re using a paper planner or Google Calendar to manage your schedule. Take some of the stress and mental clutter out of your mind by writing down your to-dos in a calendar and put it somewhere you’ll see it every day. Using a planner helps alleviate some of the stress on our brain because we no longer have to remember every to-do that’s coming up.
Of course, I love using my Purpose 31 Planner for Christian Women and it keeps my mind clear because I write everything down in my planner so I don’t have to waste mental energy trying to remember it all.
Do you feel like your ideas for your business, family vacations, and goals are overwhelming you? Do you ever wonder what your doing or why life isn’t what you expected? Living your life with purpose will help you bring awareness to the things you buy and actions you do. After a while, you’ll be more aware of the things that matter the most to you so you can clear out the rest.
I don’t want to come to the end of my life and wish I had been more intentional. I don’t want to regret not being purposeful in my relationships. I want to live my life to the fullest – which means I need to be pro-active and life with purpose. I need to set clear goals and work toward them. Whether it be having a happy marriage, being a good mom, or serving in church.
Giving your day to God and allowing Him to lead you in the way He would have you to go helps you make the most of your days, weeks, months, and years. Using a planner helps me live with purpose instead of letting each day go it’s own course.
Start your day with a morning routine.
Challenge yourself to get up and go to bed at the same time each and every day. This simple routine can make a huge difference in your overall well being, and you’ll feel much better.
I recently noticed that my alarm app on my iPhone has a “bedtime” setting. An alarm goes off an hour before I need to go to bed to help me remember to wind things down and get to bed earlier enough that I get enough sleep based on the time I want to wake up. I’ll be honest and say I struggle with going to bed early! Which means those early morning hours sure come quick and I often feel exhausted during the day.
Morning routines can help clear your mental clutter by creating a soothing flow and overall plan for your day. When your life has more structure, your mind has less room for mental clutter. Routines take less thought and preparation meaning you use less mental and physical energy!
Write it down.
I’m guilty of juggling everything in my head and experiencing information overload on a regular basis. We take in tons of information every single day, which will quickly lead to information overload! Make it a daily habit to write things down on paper, or even in a Google Doc if you need to. Google Keep is also great for this if you like keeping your lists digital. Create lists and take notes whenever you can. This will help clear out some of that mental clutter and give you more mental space for what’s important.
I am a pen and paper girl through and through. I love keeping my to do lists organized in my Purpose 31 Planner. It’s my brain on paper!
Determine your priorities.
Knowing what is most important to you and your family is fantastic! When you start to clear your mental clutter, you’ll be able to define those priorities. Decide right now what your big picture goal is. Do you want to retire early? Buy a new home? Start your own business? You can always have multiple goals, but determining your priorities will help you process important decisions about those goals.
Tidy up whenever you can.
If you are surrounded by clutter, your mind will stay cluttered. Your environment plays a big part in your overall mental health. If you can’t seem to keep your home tidy and organized, your mind won’t be either. Create a space that only contains what you need and what’s important to you, and make tidying up a regular part of your daily routine.
Of course, this is easier said than done. But, it’s well worth the effort to create a comfortable, clutter free space in your home. Be sure to download my free Declutter Bundle Kit. Just fill out the form below!