We want a lot.

All these things and thoughts we store in our spaces- either in our rooms or in our minds- that don’t actually give value in our lives- let’s call them clutter.

Clutter is not just those stuffs in your closet you bought and never wear; not just those stuffs in your room hanging, pasted on the wall, sitting everywhere on the floor, or on your table. Or not just literally any mess you can see in your house or anywhere. The truth is, clutter can be anything-physical, digital, mental or emotional.

Anything that slows you down or keeps you from knowing and doing what you really want. Anything that keeps you from living the life you want and meant to lead. Anything that keeps you from enjoying your life. Anything that keeps you from moving forward. Anything like those boxes or storage bins in your house you don’t open and put what’s in there into places, maybe because you’re not yet ready or you don’t want to see its contents yet again. Whatever your reasons are, those boxes block you from moving around easily.

Clutter- postponed decisions.

Postponed decisions. You want a lot, yet you can’t handle them all. It may be physical stuffs; those old magazines or make-ups in your drawer you said months ago you’ll dispose but you didn’t. It may be digital; those unread messages in your inbox, you don’t try to open because you can’t decide what to response. It may be mental clutter; past memories you can’t let go off because you can’t accept it or still regret it. It may be emotional; those criticisms you hear from people you ignore because you can’t face your emotions towards it. Whatever it is, you chose to postpone it

These clutters not only steal some space, but peace as well. It creates fear, overwhelm, procrastination, guilt, anxiety, and maybe even trigger a depressive episode. As you postpone all those things and thoughts, it represses your emotions that come with those as well. And as it takes longer time, as you’re repressing, you won’t notice that it’ll grow messier. You think that just by sweeping all these away under your bed will keep you from being distracted, but in fact you’re only creating a bigger chaos and disorder.

So, the one thing you need to do is to get rid of all these clutters. Declutter.

Self-care is protecting and improving our health, well-being and happiness. But it is not only giving ourselves what we want, not spoiling ourselves with the stuffs and all that we say we need. It’s not caring at all. Part of self-care is limiting yourself too. It is giving what you truly need and taking away all that you don’t.

Decluttering is one great form of self-care. It can clear your path to having a good life. And it can help you focus on what’s more valuable to you, or teach you how to value what you have. It will help you live easier without distractions. Also, it can help you take better care of yourself.  Lastly, It will help you be more you.

In this blog series, I would talk about the importance and HOW TOs of decluttering the mind, room, smart phone and other stuffs. I believe by doing all these, we can be happier with ourselves, focused on our goals, achieve more and truly live our lives.

Let’s clear the clutter, and see how huge it will impact our quality of life.

Start here:

Declutter Diary: Smartphone

How many hours do you stare at your phone screen each day? How many of what fills most of your storage do you think you need? What percentage of what’s in there do you open in a day? How much clutter does your phone hold that weighs you down, and keeps you from finishing what’s to be done?