ABC of decluttering

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How often do we hang on to unwanted junk just in case we might need it someday in future? And that day might never come! As a result, we keep on accumulating clutter that isn’t absolutely essential, that we don’t love and use often.

Decluttering is needed at all levels to move on. Perhaps that’s why people are required to clean up their homes before an important festival in almost all religions with the sole purpose of inviting renewed energy in your lives. Be it Eid or Diwali or Christmas,the first step to celebrations is house cleaning.Getting rid of the old and the unwanted makes way for the new.

Getting rid of clutter is very simple but still many people seem to struggle with clutter due to some reason or the other. So, with that in mind, I present to you the ABC of decluttering ! Simple but powerful tools to get you started on decluttering your life.

A) Rethink…Refuse…Reduce 

Many have too much but none enough. This is true for almost everyone today. In this materialistic world, a man is respected for not what he is but what he has. Possessions have become our identity.

No matter what we have, we want more – better versions, new upgrades, better lifestyles and so on. There is no end to the desire to acquire more.And this temptation for more has invaded all areas of life. But does ‘more’ really make us happy and content? Are we happy even when we get what we desire? Does this yearning for more ever ends?

We can never get enough of things we don’t need, because the things we don’t need can never satisfy. We want riches but what we actually need is fulfilment.So how to overcome this desire for ‘more’? Well, I suggest a simple 3-step formula: Rethink…Refuse…Reduce.

Whenever you have this urge of buying something, ask yourself, “Do I really need this?” Don’t just blindly follow your temptation. Take time to pause and think.

Most of the times we know we don’t need this particular thing but we still give into momentarily temptation. Learn to refuse, to say ‘No’. We already have so much in excess, saying ‘No’ just this one time is not going to make a difference.

If we find it hard to refuse and we must act upon our urges then learn to ‘reduce’. If we want to buy clothes then instead of buying a dozen dresses, buy just one or two.

There’s no harm in giving to our desire if it is what we really need or if it is going to add value to our life. Learning to be satisfied is just as easy as being satisfied and definitely much more pleasant.

B) Let go

We pin our happiness to people, circumstances and things and hold onto them for dear life.We become attached to the things that remind us of our past and our loved ones. Letting go is the biggest hurdle in the process of decluttering.

Holding on to stuff weighs us mentally and emotionally.Letting go is freeing yourself.

If you want to get rid of an item but the only reason you are holding on to it is for sentimental reasons then perhaps it’s time to get rid of it, perhaps it is time to let go. Approach each area of your life when it comes to letting go and revel in what unfolds.

Just remember the words of  H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji, “Life teaches you the art of letting go in every event. When you have learnt to let go, you will be joyful and as you start being joyful, more will be given to you.”

C) Sell/Donate/Trash

Just go through your stuff, one closet, one drawer or one room at a time and get rid of the clutter. Sort out the clutter in three categories: things you can sell, things you can donate or give away to family or friends and things which you simply throw away in the trash bin.

Sell the things you don’t need anymore if you want to recover some of the cost. Throw away the absolute junk and damaged things. And my favourite part of decluttering is donating things – old clothes, toys, books and so on.Don’t hesitate to give away your unwanted things for donation. Things which have lost value for you may add value to someone else’s life.

Declutter for ten minutes everyday. Start small and you will be amazed at the results even if you just do it in small increments. No matter how you do it but the goal is to take your first step towards decluttering your life. So what are you waiting for? Start decluttering now to simplify and beautify your home and life!

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  1. Very nicely written! I’m all for decluttering! Articles like this remind us to take a look into our closets, our homes, our lives & our relationships! Sudarshan Kriya is the biggest decluttering device given by HH Sri Sri to the mankind! I’m fortunate enough to have been practicing it. 🙂

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