When was the last time you took stock of your life? When is the last time you thought about how much room people, stuff, and stress take up in your life? Those are hard and scary questions to ask yourself, but recognizing when you’re filling your life with fluff instead of fulfilling yourself with friends, laughs, and special moments can be a really healthy step to take.
Once you establish how “full” your life is, think about ways you can declutter. Decluttering can be as easy or difficult as you make it. You can start small or go big depending on your style. Do what feels good. The important thing is that you let go of the things in your life that keep you from doing what you love most.
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When you dive into decluttering your home, you’ll feel a lightness and ease that affects everyone in your family. You’re essentially reducing your responsibilities! With less stuff, you have less to take care of. There’s a beautiful freedom in owning less.
The best habit to “declutter,” or let go of, is the habit of constantly checking your phone. The constant switching back and forth can make you feel scatterbrained and disconnected from the simple pleasures of the present moment. Instead of watching your social feed, pay attention to your laughing children playing in the yard, your girlfriend’s hilarious joke, or the vibrant colors of the sunset.
Or, maybe you need to declutter an unhealthy relationship. Freeing your time and energy from a person who spreads nothing but negativity is a rejuvenating force.
Those are just two examples in many options. A little self-reflection will guide your way!
Decluttering projects may be difficult. It’s not easy for anyone to tell their boss, coworker, or friend “no” because it’s hard to tell what the repercussions might be. But at the end of the day, you can’t worry what others will think. When you stand by your convictions and let go of opportunities that aren’t aligned with your values, you create space for things that are.
When you adopt this simple secret for a happier life, and begin making steps to change, you’ll feel a deeper sense of ease and peace. You’ll get to go on that day trip with your mom, or help with your child’s school field trip. Better yet, you’ll have time to spend taking care of yourself like starting a meditation practice or making healthier food choices. Letting go can be difficult, but it’s always worth the effort.