The Clutter You Can’t See: How to Declutter Your Mindset

Physical vs. Mental Clutter

  • Losing sleep over tomorrow’s to-do list
  • Forgetting important tasks or dates because you’re juggling too much responsibility
  • Constantly feeling tired, drained, or overworked
  • Having little motivation to do anything after work (even things you usually enjoy)
  • Neglecting self-care in favor of work or family responsibilities

What Causes Mental Clutter?

  • Your phone and computer. Between the endless notifications and opportunities to distract ourselves, it’s no wonder our digital lives are full of clutter. I’d never tell you to break up with your devices entirely, but in order to eliminate the stress they cause, you have to reevaluate your relationship with them.
  • Your to-do list and calendar. How much time do you spend stressing about that ever-growing to-do list? All those tasks and appointments add clutter to your life. The trick is prioritizing the important stuff and eliminating the rest.
  • Your daily routine. If you’re regularly switching between tasks, procrastinating on projects, or just not finishing your work, it’s time to streamline and declutter your daily routine.

How to Declutter Your Mindset

Step 1: Take stock of your environment.

Step 2: Envision your decluttered life.

  • How would you start your day?
  • What would your workspace look like?
  • How much work would you get done in a day, and how would you feel about that work?
  • How would you wind down in the evenings?

Step 3: Set boundaries.

  • Turn off notifications on your phone.
  • Tidy your workspace, and surround yourself with positive images and affirmations. (I love a good vision board!)
  • Check off small to-do items you’ve been procrastinating on, like doctors’ appointments and home maintenance.
  • Delete old, unused files and emails from your computer.
  • Set aside part of your day to spend time away from screens.
  • Schedule self-care into your daily and weekly calendars.
  • Commit to starting your day without your phone in hand and putting your devices away an hour before bedtime.
  • Donate clothes you no longer wear, books you won’t re-read, or anything in your home that’s taking up space.

Step 4: Practice self-care.

  • Taking control of your finances. Money is the greatest stressor in our adult lives, and it’s also a huge source of clutter. Organize your accounts, start tracking your money, and make a plan to pay off debts.
  • Dance-clean your space. Even if you hate household chores, there’s something therapeutic about blasting your favorite music and dancing while you clean.
  • Get outside. Fresh air and sunshine can do wonders for your mental health. Take a walk outside (without headphones!) to refresh your body and declutter your thoughts.
  • Plan your week. Grab your planner and outline your projects, meetings, and self-care time throughout the week. A solid schedule leaves less time for distraction and clutter.
  • Talk it out. When in doubt, reach out to a close friend, a family member, or a therapist to talk through your mental clutter. They might be able to recognize stressors you can’t see in your own life.

Decluttering your mindset takes time.

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