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Article: Top Tips to Declutter Your Life, Inside and Out

Spring is in full swing and for many, that means it’s time for some spring cleaning! Something about this time of year makes us want to clear out the closets and the cobwebs. Getting our physical space tidy and organized helps us have a fresh perspective, but we also stand to benefit from intentionally clearing our minds, too.

In this article, we are going to share a few top tips for decluttering your life, inside and out. By doing so, we can get a fresh start and move forward with greater clarity and ease.

Clothes and Coat Closets

One of the places that become quickly cluttered in our homes is our closets. This is especially true during times of the year when the weather changes and the clothes that kept us warm and cozy throughout winter are no longer needed as we peel off the layers and bare more skin.

Make sweeping changes quickly by removing your winter gear and storing it in a place that is out of sight and out of mind. Pack your sweaters and coats in tubs that can be tightly closed, protecting them until the next cold season. Store them in your attic or garage until they are needed again.

Then go through your warmer-weather clothes and coats one piece at a time. Sort them into three piles: items that you love and wear regularly, things you no longer wear but can be donated, and pieces that are ready to be tossed. Don’t over think your decisions.

We tend to hang on to things that we think we might wear again someday and that adds to clutter and the chaotic feelings that come along with it. A great rule of thumb is that if you haven’t worn it in over a year, it’s time to let it go. (An excellent resource for this style of decluttering is Marie Kondo’s landmark book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.)

 

Countertops

We all have a dumping area where we drop things like the mail, our kid’s school supplies, and random items that haven’t found their way to a permanent spot just yet. Before we know it, we have piles of stuff lying around that feels unmanageable.

Choose a dedicated place for keys, backpacks, and mail to live and commit to clearing it out at least once a week to keep things tidy. Pretty baskets or hooks on the back of the door are great options for organizing those items that come into and out of your house daily.

If you have a deep drawer in the kitchen, consider using it as a dedicated space in which to place things that you’d otherwise pile up on your counter. (Great for all the random stuff kids tend to bring home with them from school!)

Once the revolving junk drawer gets out of hand, approach it with a similar process you did for your closets: keep the things you and your family love (but find a permanent home for them) and toss things that don’t need to hang around.

 

The Playroom and Game Cabinet

If you’re a parent, you know how quickly a playroom can get completely chaotic. This is especially true after the season of giving and birthdays, when an influx of new toys and games hit your home.

 

Work with your children to clear out cabinets and floor space, creating a decluttered space and teaching them the value of simplifying all at once. Just like you did for your other physical spaces, have your kids decide which things they really love, which they are no longer interested in, and which ones are ready to be disposed of.

A fun twist on this exercise is to pass gently used items to other children in your circle of friends. The family down the street with younger kids may love that toy that your kids no longer use.

 

Clearing Your Mind

Research shows that the very act of tidying up our physical spaces and keeping things organized has positive implications on our well being. These include:

💫reduced stress

💫increased sense of calm

💫saved time and money

💫improved focus and productivity

Going through the above processes will help clear your mind but there are other ways you can get intentional about wiping the mind clean regularly and consistently. Here are a few of the many options available:

💫take a daily walk, ideally as a midday break from work and family obligations

💫commit to a regular movement practice, with 2-3 sessions per week

💫take a moment to write down or think about things you’re grateful for

💫sit in silent meditation; science says just 10 minutes a day works wonders

At Bodylines we are here to help you improve your quality of life, in and out of the studio. Check out our most recent schedule and book a series of mind-clearing sessions with us!