We’re delighted to be joined by Laura Pearson, Intentional Life Coach and Declutterer, who has some great advice on how to start the process of “letting go”
What is clutter?
Clutter is anything that isn’t wanted, needed, valued or loved taking up precious space in your home, mind or life. Decluttering is the process of letting go and getting rid of anything that doesn’t serve you, make you happy or contribute towards the life that you want to live. It’s about so much more than getting rid of stuff, although this is where we often begin.
Declutter your space
Most of us have clutter in our physical space. You’ll be surprised by how many of us have items that we don’t like, need, use or value dotted around our homes.
Most of my clients are surprised by how much lighter they feel after decluttering their physical space.
We don’t tend to think of it in this way, but our space is an extension of our energy field. Our external world impacts our internal world. Our space has a massive impact on our lives, our minds and how we feel.
When our space is cluttered, we feel cluttered and often when we feel cluttered, our space ends up being cluttered. Living in a cluttered space affects you physically, mentally, emotionally and energetically, as well as impacting your lifestyle, and making daily life and tasks more difficult.
Decluttering your physical space – like your home or workspace – can have a huge impact on your mindset, motivation and overall health and wellbeing, as well as making you feel calmer, happier and lighter.
Start with the small and obvious
Letting go of your physical possessions can sometimes be emotional and challenging, which is why starting with the small and obvious can make things easier. Reflect on the following questions:
- What small or obvious things do you have in your space that you don’t like, need, use or value?
- Is there anything you’re noticing right now that you feel called to let go of?
There are so many benefits that we can enjoy from decluttering our spaces:
- Feeling calmer, lighter, happier
- Being more organised
- Making day-to-day life easier to manage
- Keeping your space clean and tidy takes way less time and effort
- Easier to find what you need
- Increased focus and productivity
- Frees up more time to focus on living!
Declutter your mind
Most of us go through life with cluttered minds, teamed with negative thoughts and limiting beliefs, which impact us mentally and emotionally, at both a subconscious and conscious level. Decluttering your mind is all about practising self-awareness and consciously choosing thoughts and beliefs that serve you best. By taking back control over our minds, we reclaim control over our lives.
I start my morning routine with a short meditation to help me declutter my mind and set me up for the day. By decluttering my mind first thing in the morning and allowing myself to have a mindful moment, throughout the day I am reminded to come back to the present moment and experience it for what it is, even in the midst of busyness, challenges and to-do lists.
Notice your thoughts
When was the last time that you gave yourself the time and opportunity to notice your thoughts?
Take five minutes out of your day to practice being present in the moment, noticing your thoughts as they arise and letting go of any that don’t serve you.
Decluttering our minds helps us to:
- Live in the present moment
- Practise being mindful
- Experience more joy!
- Gain mental clarity
- Become self-aware
- Improve our focus and efficiency
- Minimise overthinking
- Live intentionally
Declutter your life
You might not have heard of this before, but you can declutter your life and lifestyle. So often we spend our time doing things out of habit, pattern or routine and sometimes these are things that don’t work for us or make us feel good any more. Decluttering your life gives you a chance to reflect, re-evaluate and realign. Anything that you experience, consume or participate in can be decluttered. This goes for day-to-day tasks, activities and chores, hobbies and interests, people and relationships, work and career, shopping, social media, entertainment, spending habits, lifestyle choices, and anything else that plays a part in your life. Anything and everything can be decluttered.
Life decluttering to-do list
You are the leader of your life and you get to decide what is and isn’t working for you. Grab a pen and your journal, or a piece of paper, and reflect on these journal prompts:
- What isn’t serving you or working for you in your life?
- What is stressing you out or making you feel overwhelmed?
- What are you holding on to that you want to let go of?
- What is stopping you from focusing on what really matters?
By decluttering your life, you will:
- Let go of things that no longer serve you
- Feel happier, lighter, more fulfilled
- Live in alignment with what you really want
- Know your priorities
- Implement boundaries
Decluttering is all about letting go, making space, and reflecting on what matters to you, so that you can create and live your own version of an intentional life. Life happens and we all accumulate clutter, whether it is physical, mental or lifestyle clutter. There is no need to be embarrassed about it. We don’t necessarily design the lives that we find ourselves living, but decluttering gives us another chance to do it!
Join Laura’s free online Masterclass: “Turn your space into your sanctuary” on Wednesday 6th October from 7:30pm (BST). Save your seat here: www.laurapearsoncoaching.com/free-masterclass.
Visit www.laurapearsoncoaching.com to find out more and book virtual and in-person decluttering and organisation sessions.