Life is simplified when there is one center; one reason, one motivation, one direction and purpose ~Jean Fleming
How many of us find ourselves overwhelmed by the hoards of things we have piled in our houses? Most of the things are of little use but still occupy a major space in our houses just because of the sentimental value we attach to these things. Not just our homes,we have cluttered our workplaces,our actions , our thoughts and our life with so much of junk. Yes, Junk- of little use or no use at all!
What is clutter? Clutter is a confused or disorderly state or collection that reduce effectiveness. According to Karen Kingston ,”Clutter is stuck energy. The word “clutter” derives from the Middle English word “clotter,” which means to coagulate – and that’s about as stuck as you can get.”
The more you have, the more you are occupied. The less you have, the more free you are.Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life.
Decluttering might seem as an intimidating process to some. So I suggest to take small steps towards decluttering your life. Remember, small daily steps lead to big achievements overtime.Here I have listed five simple steps to declutter your life :
1. Declutter your home Do you waste time searching frantically for important documents, lost keys, misplaced things? Do you wonder where to keep the new clothes you just bought in the already stuffed closet? Do you feel at times that you need a bigger place because your things don’t seem to fit in? Do you keep piling on stuff that you don’t use at all ?
Unfortunately,for most of us the answer to these questions is ‘Yes!’ Keeping your home tidy and organised may sound like a lot of work but actually it’s one of the best ways to obtain peace of mind and a calmer outlook. And a little time devoted everyday towards organising your house will work wonders!
Don’t tackle the whole house at once.Start small.Focus on clearing one area,shelf or drawer before moving on to the next.
Most of the times, the clutter consists of things which are of little use but great emotional significance or things which we think would be useful sometime in future. It’s very difficult to let go of things on which you have spent your hard-earned money.But remember, if you do not use it or need it, it’s clutter, and it needs to go.In a nutshell,use it up,wear it out,make it do – or do without!
William Morris has stated it beautifully: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
2. Declutter your workplace Look around your workplace and you will most likely see items and papers that can be cleared away. It doesn’t help your image if someone walks in your cabin and sees clutter piled up at your desk. It’s easy to let stuff pile up and get out of hand.
Workplace clutter is irritating because it interferes with your work and also causes unwanted & unnecessary stress.Once a week,sort through your drawers,shelves and briefcase. Discard whatever is outdated and irrelevant.Store the documents with appropriate labels so that you can easily find them when needed.
Always remember the words of Albert Einstein: “Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
3. Declutter your speech Many times we speak things which we regret later. We waste precious time in unnecessary gossip , derive pleasure in criticising others or hurl abuses when angry. This only adds to mental stress and negativity. Identify such tendencies and let go of them.
4. Declutter your actions Often, we complicate our lives with unnecessary tasks & commitments.List and priortise your tasks. Priortise what is urgent and needs to be tackled immediately. Learn to say ‘No’ to unnecessary commitments.
5. Declutter your mind Eliminate physical clutter. More importantly, eliminate spiritual clutter.Harbouring negative emotions of anger and frustration only add to the mental stress. Spend time in silent contemplation and observe your thoughts. Let go of the bad memories of the past & worries of the future and move on.
Meditate daily to stay focussed and for a calm, peaceful mind.It’s the simplest yet the most profound method for a blissful you!
In the words of Jackie French Koller : “There are two ways to be rich: One is by acquiring much, and the other is by desiring little.” This is so true both in materialistic and spiritual aspects.
Eliminate and cut back on whatever doesn’t add meaning to your life.To sum up, I will quote a simple mantra by Art of Living’s Rishi Nityapragya ji, ” Observe, filter ,surrender…”