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7 Days of Decluttering Your Life

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7 Days of Decluttering Day 1: Making Room for New Things in Your Life

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“In the space that’s been created now that we’ve let a few things go, we’re finding all sorts of beautiful things blooming into life once again – the reasons we fell in love, the things we used to laugh about that stopped being funny for a while and are now, blessedly, funny again.” – Shauna Niequist

If you want to make room for new things in your life, you have to let go of the old.

It’s time to forgive and move on.

If your life is already full, then it’s no wonder that you can’t let new things in. Maybe that new thing is newfound joy, optimism, gratitude, a meditation practice, prayer, daily reading, reflection, quiet time, healthy habits, etc. But when you over-commit yourself and spread yourself too thin or maybe are literally surrounded by clutter, then there’s no room for new, good things to come in.

The solution? Declutter your life. Mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

Odds are there’s a lot of gunk clogging up your life. Whether it’s friends who constantly complain, a job that’s sucking your soul, a room full of junk and clutter, or no time to breathe, it’s time to declutter and make room for the new.

This is the start of our new 7 Days of Decluttering series. It’s seven blog posts over seven days that will guide you through taking small actions each day to declutter different areas of your life so you can make room for new things to blossom and grow in your life.

Here’s your day 1 challenge:

Today let’s do a brain dump to start decluttering your mind. Spend the next 20 minutes writing down (preferably on paper, or you can type it) everything in your life that is stressing you out right now. Everything negative, all the bad stuff, things you wish were different or that you could change, etc, etc. Just let it all out. This is what we’ll work on decluttering.

Here’s what you have to look forward to in this challenge:

Day 1- Decluttering your mind
Day 2- Decluttering your space
Day 3- Decluttering your commitments
Day 4- Decluttering your habits
Day 5- Decluttering your beliefs
Day 6- Decluttering your emotions
Day 7- Wrapping it up

Come back tomorrow for the next challenge!

7 Days of Decluttering Day 2: Decluttering Your Space

7 Days of Decluttering Day 2: Decluttering Your Space

Today we’re going to talk about decluttering your physical surroundings. If you’re constantly surrounded by clutter, junk, and piles of stuff, you’re bound to start feeling anxious and maybe a little claustrophobic.

Having room to breathe in a literal and physical sense is very important.

I actually really love talking about decluttering things and decluttering things in general. So today we’re going to attack your living space.

Look around. What do you see? Do your surroundings make you feel peaceful? Anxious? We want to create a space that’s uplifting and makes you happy to be around.

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Start by removing any trash (or recyclables) from the room. Get a couple bags or boxes so you have some place to put all the stuff you decide to take out of the room.

Next, try to clear off your surfaces. Having clean and uncluttered surfaces is very calming, rather than having them all filled up. If your room is full of clutter, then your mind is too. You must start calming your mind by calming your environment.

When possible, put things away in cabinets or drawers so you don’t see them. Of course it’s nice if everything is organized (even the things you don’t see), but for now we’re just going to focus on making the visible areas soothing and appealing.

Go through the items in your room and ask yourself, “Do I need this? Is it useful? Does it make me happy?” If not, considering getting rid of it.

Next, add a few things to your room that make you happy or bring you joy. Maybe take out a candle that you’ve been saving for a special occasion or hang up a pretty poster. Make your space joyful.

Ok, that’s it for today. Your challenge is to complete the above steps and declutter as much as possible. 🙂 Good luck.

7 Days of Decluttering Day 3: Decluttering Your Commitments

7 Days of Decluttering Day 3: Decluttering Your Commitments

Commitments! Odds are you have way too many of them. Today we’re going to pare that down. 🙂

So, to start let’s make a list of all the activities or time commitments you have in your life. If it’s part of your daily or weekly routine or schedule or it’s something you have to do, write it down.

Ok, now look at your list. Do you notice any patterns or trends? Are you spending all your time in certain areas and have no time for yourself? The goal is to have some quiet time or time for self care during your day, which means you need to make room for it.

For each commitment, ask yourself if it’s necessary and if it adds value to your life. If not, do you really have to keep doing it? If it doesn’t make you happy or a better person and you aren’t required to do it, then consider letting it go.

There’s probably things on your list that you have to do, like work or school. But do you have any optional activities? Is there anything that might be a waste of time? Things like spending hours watching TV or scrolling through Facebook probably sneak their way into your day but aren’t actually adding value to your life.

Try to replace mindless activities with mindful ones. Instead of an extra episode of Game of Thrones (sorry), maybe spend some time meditating and then reading a personal development book. Or if your day is packed, cut out some unnecessary things so you can have time to just “be” and sit in silence. Not every second of the day has to be filled with an activity or other people. In fact, having quiet, alone time (electronic-free) can be a great way to de-stress.

If you have a few minutes during the day, instead of going on Instagram and stalking other people’s lives, maybe you can write a quick gratitude list on your phone. It’s these little things that make all the difference. You just have to make them a priority.

You can do it.

7 Days of Decluttering Day 4: Decluttering Your Habits

7 Days of Decluttering Day 4: Decluttering Your Habits

Today we’re going to talk about decluttering your habits. Habits can be good of course, like eating healthy and exercising, but we’re going to be decluttering the bad ones. Habits like smoking, over-eating, binge drinking, watching hours of mindless tv, spending all day on Facebook, etc. The habits that don’t add value to your life or make you a better person.

First, like the rest of the days in this challenge, you need to make a list of what your bad habits actually are. The first step is always awareness. It could have to do with health, using electronics or the internet, a video game addiction, etc.

I would recommend picking one habit on your list to start with. They say it’s easier to break a bad habit if you replace it with a new, positive one, so now let’s think about good habits you could add into your life. Here are some ideas:

– Eat a healthy snack
– Do some kind of hobby
– Exercise
– Meditate
– Write a gratitude list
– Journal

Your challenge today is to pick one of your bad habits to declutter from your life and then pick a new good habit to replace it with. Anytime you feel like doing the old habit, do the new one instead. Eventually it will just become your new habit and you’ll break the old one. 🙂

Good luck.

7 Days of Decluttering Day 5: Decluttering Your Beliefs

7 Days of Decluttering Day 4: Decluttering Your Habits

Today we’re going to talk about decluttering your habits. Habits can be good of course, like eating healthy and exercising, but we’re going to be decluttering the bad ones. Habits like smoking, over-eating, binge drinking, watching hours of mindless tv, spending all day on Facebook, etc. The habits that don’t add value to your life or make you a better person.

First, like the rest of the days in this challenge, you need to make a list of what your bad habits actually are. The first step is always awareness. It could have to do with health, using electronics or the internet, a video game addiction, etc.

I would recommend picking one habit on your list to start with. They say it’s easier to break a bad habit if you replace it with a new, positive one, so now let’s think about good habits you could add into your life. Here are some ideas:

– Eat a healthy snack
– Do some kind of hobby
– Exercise
– Meditate
– Write a gratitude list
– Journal

Your challenge today is to pick one of your bad habits to declutter from your life and then pick a new good habit to replace it with. Anytime you feel like doing the old habit, do the new one instead. Eventually it will just become your new habit and you’ll break the old one. 🙂

Good luck.

7 Days of Decluttering Day 6: Decluttering Your Emotions

7 Days of Decluttering Day 6: Decluttering Your Emotions

We’re almost at the end of the 7 days of decluttering. Do you feel any lighter or less cluttered yet? 🙂

Today we’re going to talk about decluttering your emotions. This is related to decluttering your beliefs, and some of the forgiveness work you did yesterday might help start this emotional decluttering process.

If you want to do more forgiveness work today, that would be great, but I’m also going to introduce you to a new technique to quickly get rid of emotions you don’t like feeling.

Here’s the thing though. It’s like this quote from The Fault in Our Stars: “Pain demands to be felt.”

So while I wish I could say there’s a way to completely avoid pain in your life, at some point you will have to face up to it and feel it fully. If you try to numb the pain or distract yourself or get lost in love or work or partying or anything else, you’ll dull the pain for a while but it will only make it worse when you finally feel it.

[If you’d like more depression tips, check out our 30 Day Negativity Detox.]

So instead of denying reality and denying our pain, we’re going to accept it 100%. You’re going to feel your feelings fully and not push them away or try to run from them.

Think about something negative you might be feeling right now. If you’re full of happy emotions, that’s good, but I’m going to assume there’s at least a little going on that makes you uncomfortable or in pain in some way.

So focus on that feeling right now. Really feel it. This is the one time when we’re going to focus on the negative. 🙂 Breathe into it. Immerse yourself in your thoughts and memories and whatever is bringing up this particular emotion. Don’t be afraid of pain; it’s only temporary.

Just sit like this for a few minutes. Cry if you need to or get angry or sad or frustrated. Listen to music that matches your emotion. Just don’t do anything harmful or dangerous.

It may take minutes or it may take a few hours, but you’ll find that at some point, you’ve felt what you need to feel. And the emotion – and the pain – goes away on its own.

The only way you can get rid of pain is by feeling it. That’s all your feelings really want – to be acknowledged. And then they’re free to leave, and you’re finally free.

7 Days of Decluttering Day 7: Wrapping it Up

7 Days of Decluttering Day 7: Wrapping it Up

Whoo hoo, it’s day 7 of 7 Days of Decluttering! You made it to the end! 😀

In this week-long challenge, we decluttered our mind, space, commitments, habits, beliefs, and emotions.

Today we’re just going to wrap it all up and conclude things.

Do you feel any different since doing the challenge exercises? (You did do them, right? ;))

If you haven’t gotten the chance to do any of the exercises, go back and do them now. Heck, you could probably do everything in a day or two if you were really ambitious.

If you found some days helpful and others less so, then maybe you can go back and redo some of the days that helped you. Maybe you want to declutter more of your apartment or do more forgiveness work. Maybe you want to practice fully feeling your emotions without pushing them away.

Whatever you decide, I hope this challenge has been helpful in decluttering the emotional and physical sides of your life. Whenever you want to declutter more stuff or do a little spring cleaning in your life, you can go back and redo the challenge.

Good luck. 🙂

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