How to Turn Over a New Leaf by Decluttering Your Life 63

How to Turn Over a New Leaf by Decluttering Your Life -

There is too much stuff, too many things going on in our life/head/apartment.

This isn’t the life we were supposed to live.  Not in such chaos, not with so many useless belongings.

We’ve become selfish and materialistic, a nation, focused more on things than relationships and love.

Every material object we own (or at least we think so, because how can we really own something… aren’t we just its temporary possessors?) takes our energy, provokes arguments and problems. We spend money on it, get angry when someone else uses it and sometimes spend more time with it than with our family.

We also think too much. What does it matter if someone doesn’t like us? It is not possible for a human being to please everyone simply because people just want to judge others no matter how chaotic their own life is?

Instead of generating peace and positivity, we fill our heads with meaningless worries, fears and stress that are slowly, but steadily destroying us. Instead of decluttering, we’re adding more clutter.

The world was created to be simple, so were love and relationships. But we did very well in making them a nightmare. Husbands and wives live together just because it is more expensive to get divorced. People choose their friends by the wealth, connections or popularity they’ve gained and don’t care if they are good or bad.

In this post I’ll be writing about the importance of throwing away, let’s say, one third of the stuff we have.
Organizing and setting things in order is also substantial, but is another issue.

Here it’s all about eliminating, deleting and removing things that are a hindrance in the way of achieving our potential.

How to declutter your home and life

Everything that makes you feel overburdened can be undone by cleaning up every aspect of your life. It’s another way of making it simpler by decluttering and embracing clarity and peace.

1. Decluttering your apartment.

  • Throw away all the stuff you don’t need and have never used.

Explore every wardrobe, drawer, cupboard, cabinet and space in your home and set apart every object that you’ve never used, you don’t like, is needless and all the things that you are sure you will use “someday”.

You have to be very uncompromising and harsh.

Many memories can come back to you but don’t let that distract you. Throw away everything that reminds you of an old lover, a person that is no longer in your life or of some tragic moment from the past. You don’t need any of that in your new, clean life.
Make space for better things.

  • Your desk: Do you see too many pens and pencils on it? Are there any old magazines or newspapers in the drawers? Too many sheets? What about business cards, envelopes, files…?
    Don’t think too much – just put everything in the bin.
  •  The kitchen: Look for some spice, herbs, jars, snacks or cereals that are just staying there and which no one is going to eat.
    Get rid of them.

Now is the time to visit the fridge for another reason. You will only benefit from throwing away all the junk food and things that have too many calories and no nutritive value.

Related: 40 Things to Live Without

2. Clearing your mind.

  • Imagine there is a recycle bin icon in your mind. Now take all negative thoughts, worries and fears and drag them to it.

Do the same with the sad and unpleasant memories from the past.

This step may be the hardest to make because it requires more than just throwing away something material. It takes a lot of time and hard work. You can practice doing it in the evening before sleep.
Just think about how easier and happier your life will be without all the things that are engaging your mind most of the time.

Related: Letting Go of Past and Future

3. Organizing your computer.

  • Desktop: delete all the icons you don’t need.
  •  Programs: Most people have so many useless programs and applications that are only slowing their work and covering space. Delete the games you used to play, dictionaries you don’t use anymore, programs for photo editing and planning and so on. Leave only the ones you use the most.
  • Mailbox: Take a look at each email and delete the inessential ones. Do the decluttering once in the morning and once in the afternoon, and don’t think about your email while doing your most productive work.

4. Reconsidering the people in your life.

  •  Old acquaintances: There is no point in maintaining a relationship with someone you don’t have anything in common with, just because you were friends in high school or elsewhere. Just stop seeing them.
  •  Everyone has at least one person in his life that drives him crazy. He may be close to you, maybe you even have to live together, but the only communication you have with him is arguing, yelling at each other and getting annoyed.
    This will be a brave and decisive action but you just have to take him out of your life or at least keep your meetings to a minimum.
  •  Do the same with all negative people in your life.
    Of course you should try to help them first, but when you realize they only have a bad influence on you and after seeing them you always feel worse and depressed, it is high time you stop gathering together.
  •  Reconsider your To-do list. Remove the pointless tasks that are just wasting your time.
  •  Goals: Many people have too many goals, which is engaging their minds with a lot of things at the same time. In such cases, it’s much more likely to fail.

Keep your long-term goals up to 4-5 and as many as you can handle in the short term. After achieving them, you will be satisfied with yourself and very motivated to continue developing yourself.

Decluttering and organizing your life is a big step, which requires a lot of determination, effort and will. The good thing is that you have to do it just once and never think of it again.

It is a great therapy when moving on with your life and turning over a new leaf. Once you’ve done it, there will be no regret because you will have so much space for new and better things.

Since I did that decluttering, I’ve felt such freedom and regeneration that I started looking at things from a different point of view. Of course, I still keep some memories that are valuable to me, but it became a habit of mine to throw useless things away so that they find someone who needs them more and make room in my life.

Make these big changes and embrace the new people, things, moments and thoughts that the future has in store.

Which aspect of your life needs decluttering? Share how you feel about this in the comments below.

See also:

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4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Mental Health 19

4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Mental Health

While most people pay the most attention to their physical health and work hard to achieve a healthy body, they often overlook the potential mental health issues that may have been well tucked away.

Understanding and paying sufficient attention to your mental health issues is an action that should be prioritized in every situation. What could seem like the simplest mental health problem to you might actually be affecting your life in more ways that you can imagine.

Here are just a few reasons why you shouldn’t ignore the signs.

1. It Is Way More Common Than You Believe.

You might think that mental illness is not present in many situations but the truth is that almost everyone has or is facing such an issue.

In fact, one in five Americans suffers from some type of mental illness. The saddest part about this though, is that very few of them seek treatment.

The person affected by the illness can even be one of your family members. Sadly, symptoms are easy to hide and even people who are severely depressed can mask their health issues from their families and avoid getting help.

2. It Can Also Affect Your Physical Health.

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It is known from a long time ago that the connection between the mind and the body is strong. Any sort of physical distress can have a huge effect on your capability to work or focus on things around you. Following this same rule, any sort of mental problem can easily affect your physical health too.

The first few things that a mental illness will affect are your mood, energy levels, sleep cycles, appetite and quite possibly your sex drive. Along with these problems and as a result of them, your immune system can also be affected and that can lead to more often colds and an overall impairment of your physical health.

People who face mental illnesses are often left unmotivated and drained of energy.

The illness blurs your mind so much that you have no energy left to function properly in your everyday life. Ask any person that has faced a major depression and they will tell you just how much they let themselves go and how they stopped caring about simple everyday things, such as brushing their teeth or taking a shower.

Physical symptoms won’t take long to appear and you will simply keep increasing your risk factor of a number of health problems such as heart disease or heart palpitations, insomnia and fatigue. It is very important that you ask for help if you feel such symptoms arising. Make sure that you consult a board-certified practitioner to be certain that a mental problem is not the cause of them.   

3. It Plays an Important Role in Your Success.

One of the most frequent symptoms of a mental illness is the lack of motivation. You just feel so tired of everything, you find that you are not interested in what others are doing and you just end up losing interest in things you used to love.

The lack of mental health can, therefore, play a huge role in your success. No matter if you are a college student, an employee or a working parent, you can easily lose sense of what’s important to you and hinder your success in whatever role you might have.

In whichever situation you might be, you will definitely need to be able to be creative and productive. Your success in your studies or your workplace might be your only source of stability and income.

An untreated mental illness can be the reason behind your reduced productivity, your lack of creativity and your overall negative attitude towards your work.

Keep in mind that a large number of homeless people are those who are suffering from a mental illness but sadly left it untreated.

Looking for help and letting the mental health professionals guide you can take a lot of weight off your shoulders. It can help you see things from a different perspective and give you the courage and motivation you need to get back on track and find yourself again.

4. It Can Affect Your Relationship with Your Peers.

Most people who face a mental illness find themselves intimidated by social situations. Even spending time with friends or family can seem like a very tiring or pointless task and they will often opt out of it. It is important to remember that this does not apply only to depressed people, as many might think, but to a large area of mental issues.

Anxiety disorders can alienate a person from their circle because of the constant fear of something going wrong, of someone not liking them or of an overall new situation. It is very common for the solution to your mental health issue to be holding the key to you getting back your behavioral health.

Mental illness can also affect your relationship with your family.

Apart from losing contact with people you probably care about, you might even end up harming them more than you think. It is not rare to see a person struggle both financially but also emotionally when it comes to helping family members that are battling mental illness.

Another very important reason to not take your mental health lightly is for the sake of your children. It is very often reported that children of people who struggle with a mental illness are abused or neglected. That can play a huge role in their lives and affect their entire lives, from childhood to adulthood.

Make Your Mental Health an Everyday Goal!

There are many places to turn to for help. The National Alliance on Mental Illness, otherwise known as NAMI, can be a great place to start. Through it, you can find a suitable medical center that will provide you with the suitable health services to help you regain your mental health.

It is important that you are not ashamed of your personal struggles or mental issues. Everything is part of the human nature and the fact that there are so many people available to help comes to show just how human this situation is and how much attention we, as a society, should be paying to this important issue.


Leona Henryson is a professional writer and passionate blogger. Her goal is to help people achieve their personal self-development and mental wellness.