Decluttering, Minimalism And The Mindset Shifts To Start

So much stuff! We are all living with so much stuff in our lives:

*in our houses
*our work spaces
*in our cars
*in our finances
*in our relationships
*in our minds.

We need to declutter and live more minimally and appreciate blank space.

"Nothing changes, if nothing changes."

Read that quote again and you will quickly realise that if you do not make a change your life will just continue to be one big mess.

Do you know that most Australian houses have $4500 worth of unused junk just sitting around, imagine what you could do with this money.  We are literally turning into a nation of junk junkies.  There seems to be instilled in us a habit of not being able to throw things away, from shoes to phones, even after their life has come to an end. When your stuff is not serving you any longer, is not being valued or appreciated, it is CLUTTER

The biggest troubling item for people to declutter!

The most troubling item for people to get rid of is clothes, generally due to the fact that many people believe that they will fit back into them one day. 

Causes:

*stress
*anxiety
*overwhelm

We need to tackle these troubling items.  If they do not fit, have a tear or simply do not bring us joy, then just discard.

Have a home for everything

*The minute you bring something new into your house,  find a home for your item

*This helps you to not have clutter

*Every family member knows where to return it.

*Saves time in the morning when you are looking for something

Minimalism

Another aspect to the decluttering process is minimalism. When I learnt about this movement it literally changed my whole world.  Do not think minimalism is just about having white walls and all this bare space, it is so much more than that. It is a whole mindset shift that can be adapted to every part of your life.

It is all about living with less and really appreciating people and experiences then stuff.  You do not have to be extreme and have one plate, one cup, one bowl or get rid of your book collection.  Minimalism comes in different forms and you can certainly be a minimalist in most of your life but yet have an area that is given a bit of lee way.  You make up your own rules and then stick to it. 

Mindset

Your mindset can be a very empowering thing but it can also be a big block in your advancement forward in any area of your life. So many of us give up before we try because our mind tells us from past thoughts ‘why bother’. So I want to talk about 4 mindset shifts to think about when starting your decluttering journey.

1. You are many people – you act differently in different situations and Decluttering will be no different.

2. We are the stories we tell ourselves – A lot of the time when we make decisions about whether we can do something, we tell ourselves we cannot. Just start Decluttering step by step, set a timer for 10mins and start just with that.

3. This too shall pass – in life things change, people change, weather changes, houses change…things do pass. Clutter can be overwhelming but once you start to simplify your life will change.

4. Not everyone will like you – it does not matter if you are the most famous person in the world, not everyone will like you. Decluttering and minimising is not for everyone, but that does not matter it is only what you accept in life.

About The Writer

I have always been interested in organisation and living a cleaner lifestyle. But it was only last April that I came across minimalism. This brought a whole new outlook on life for me and made me realise that living with less and appreciating blank space is the future. Having a decluttered mind not only helps with your home but also your relationships, your finances and your outlook. I am also a single parent to four amazing children and an accountant. I put out blogs every Monday and Thursday on decluttering your life and really just taking back your life from your stuff.

Website: declutterwithme.net | Instagram: @declutterwithNadine | Facebook Group : DeclutterClan

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