Declutter Your Space, Declutter Your Mind

First of all, here is an update of what’s happening with my Magic Monday Facebook notes. I received feedback from so many people that I need to write these Magic Monday posts more formally as blog posts so that 1. they can share it easily with those who may not have Facebook accounts, and 2. they will feel free to comment and share their ideas with others without hesitating that they are crowding my personal space.

While none of the reasons would stop these good friends to keep supporting the writer in me, I heard your concerns. I have been working on developing my website and finally last week, the skeleton became ready!!!

My heartfelt thanks to Ron Wilde of http://gapcork.com/ who so generously volunteered his time, UX expertise, and insights every step of the way. He has not only inspired me to continue following my passion but strengthened my faith that good people do help others without expecting anything in return. If you ever need any UX work done, Ron is your guy! He has worked with me on our company’s website as well, and his work is unparalleled. I am glad that he is helping me with my website.

In short, this is going to be one of the last few Magic Monday notes before we move to a permanent, new home. It would not have been possible without your sincere feedback and appreciation. Thank you to all my readers! I cannot wait to share the new website with you.

Now to our post this week. I attended a workshop on “Decluttering” at a Yoga Retreat on Saturday. It could not have come at a better time! I learned a few new things, and saw some old ones in a new light. I was totally inspired and donated half of my wardrobe the next day. It was so liberating that I have to share what I learned with you. I hope you, too, give it a shot.

What is the need for decluttering?
As the speaker, Lisa Law, put it, “Your environment is a reflection of you, and you are a reflection of your environment.” That means that our surroundings – not just people but also belongings – should be strategically chosen to reflect who we want to be. The clutter outside translates into clutter inside our minds.

It was interesting to hear this point of view. I always thought that clutter inside will be shown through clutter outside, but I never thought by organizing the environment around you, you can actually bring some clarity in your mind.

Believe it or not, it works! After spending just a couple of hours cleansing my closet, I figured out what I really like and what I don’t. Granted that I need to find out more. But it will happen as I keep on with this process. Imagine what can happen if every single thing in your house or office makes you smile. Every day you will return to a welcoming home and productive office. Your environment will inspire you to do what you need to do in order to be happy and successful.

Let’s get started. The key is to start small, finish the project, and feel the accomplishment.

  1. Pick a small area such as a drawer or a table.
  2. Take out every single thing.
  3. Then go through each item and ask yourself the 3 questions as you decide whether to keep it or not.
  4. Keep your bins ready – keep, donate or resell, throw out
  5. If you do not keep it, see if you can resell it or donate it before mindlessly throwing it out. Reuse is better than recycle. Recycle is better than throwing it out.

3 questions to ask yourself while deciding what to keep: These questions are THE most important technique to effectively getting rid of what you do not want. If you answer unfavorably to any one of these, you must not keep that item.

  1. Do I love it? – Not like, love.
  2. Do I have a space for it? – Everything must have it’s dedicated space so that you know exactly where to find it, and keep it after each use.
  3. How often do I use it? – Notice it says “do you” not “will you”. An intent of future use is dangerous to your decluttering routine. Be realistic. If you indeed need it later, you will find a way to procure it. Don’t clutter your space now in the fear of a need in future. Also, the more you use it, easier they should be to access.

This whole ordeal may seem like a snobbish behavior – being so choosy about what you own. But actually it is not at all about having more stuff or more expensive stuff. In fact it is totally the opposite.

Fundamentally, decluttering is the understanding that you can let go. It is about the confidence that nature will take care of providing you what you need when you need it. It is learning to share what you do not have to have with those who will value it much more.

It is about creating clean, organized, easy to maintain environment that inspires you to become happy and satisfied in what you have rather than worrying about what you lack or how to get more.

Take a shot at it. Many things that you do not use are not adding any value to your life. Share your blessings with others who will find a use for those while you gather only the select few items that make you truly love your abode.

Let me know how your journey is in the comments. Do you feel like you want to do this? What is stopping you from taking the next step?

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