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5 Ways to Declutter Physical & Emotional Stuff

I had no idea all the clutter in my life blurred my vision—not the physical clutter: papers on the counter, toys in the corner, shoes here, and cups and plates there.

The emotional clutter. The strained relationships. The stiffness you have with your spouse. Building boundaries, you had no idea needed to exist.

It can continue to pile up in our hearts and our homes. It’s time we shoved it all away. Now is the time to clear away the clutter to see what is worthwhile.

Let’s look at how to declutter our physical and emotional stuff.

5 Ways to Declutter Physical & Emotional Stuff

How to Declutter Physical Items

There is one simple rule when it comes to decluttering your home. 

Don’t keep more than you can take care of. 

For us farm animal lovers, it also means not getting more animals than we can handle now. 
It takes time to build the muscle to say no. We must say no when the sale comes up or a new baby animal is available.

How to say no? Don’t do it. Don’t hesitate to see the new shirt you don’t need because your closet is more than full; say no. It’s easier to stop your mind from letting yourself know what happens when you say yes to another item.

Organize your space

Decluttering your space will help you to feel more organized and in control. Make sure everything has a place, and put things away when you’re finished using them. This will help to reduce stress and make your life more manageable.

Start with one room and move on from there. It may even be one room a week.

5 Ways to Declutter Physical & Emotional Stuff

Simplify your schedule

If your schedule is too busy or cramped, it’s time to simplify it. Cut out any unnecessary or unhappiness-causing commitments. This will give you more free time to enjoy the things you love.

Need to simplify your life? I use this cute, frugal living planner.

5 Ways to Declutter Physical & Emotional Stuff

Give Up Scarcity

I didn’t even know I had a scarcity mentality until we discussed it at a bible study one night. Not just in a spiritual way of holding onto our stuff.

When you give stuff away, you want to be mindful and intelligent about it. So what keeps you holding on if you know something is pushing you to get rid of it?

If God asks me to give something up, why do I still hold on to it so tightly?

I remember hearing about giving at one of our small groups at church. The group leader asked why we tend to give off-brand items to a food pantry. Why aren’t we giving the name-brand things?

It hit me hard. Instead, I would give away my free boxes of cereal and worn clothes over the new clothes with a tag hanging—the ones I haven’t worn yet.

In my mind, I was saying that one day I might need them, that I want the new shirt, and that I deserve a new one.

It causes us to get stuck in a selfish act, right? When we constantly think about our feelings or how we will appear to others, we tend to hold on to them. We like to stay in control.

The two go hand in hand when you want to declutter your mind and space. You need to have your mind free from distraction to focus on the moment.

Focus on the Moment

Draw closer to God. Let him declutter your mind.

Let go of the things that cause you to feel anxious. Instead, give what you know you need to.
Don’t hold back and embrace the moment right now, right here.

Let go of emotional baggage. If you’re carrying around a lot of negative emotions, it’s time to let them go. Forgive yourself for past mistakes and move on.

Let go of grudges and resentments. This will help you to feel lighter emotionally and mentally.

5 Ways to Declutter Physical & Emotional Stuff

Give it Away

I enjoyed hosting a garage sale when I was a kid. I have always loved handling money, and I felt like a natural businessperson as a kid. I didn’t care about anything else.

As I got older, I made a couple of garage sales when the girls were babies. They weren’t too successful. I always felt like after they were over, that’s it?
All that work for $25?

There could be several reasons the sale didn’t go well.
Since I stopped holding onto things for a garage sale and started giving them away, my mind is more accessible.

The problem didn’t go away when you added more to the attic for next year’s garage sale. It’s hidden.

Every time I take something to Goodwill or, my favorite put stuff to the curb, I‘m satisfied.
I love putting things to the curb because I know how amazing it feels to find something you need for free!

You can join the popular Buy Nothing Facebook groups through the Buy Nothing Project.

Blessing someone else while my mind and home get decluttered is a win in my book.
I hope you take a minute to think about what is decluttering your mind or home?

A new Netflix series called “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.” It will inspire you to start living with less. Or check out her book here.

5 Ways to Declutter Physical & Emotional Stuff

Set goals and intentions.

When you have a clear vision for your life, it’s easier to declutter everything else. Write down your goals and what you want to achieve.

Focus on what’s important to you and let go of anything that doesn’t align with your goals. This is where the frugal living binder helps to keep my mind focused and to see what I am actually achieving.

Decluttering your life can seem like a daunting task, but it’s worth it! These five simple steps will help you to get started. Transform your life today by decluttering your physical space and emotional baggage. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel when you let go of the things that are weighing you down.

What tips do you have to declutter your current situation?

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