Mindfulness is the mental state of paying attention to the present moment; being aware of your own thoughts and emotions, as well as the world around you. Living and being in the present can improve your mental wellbeing so that you can enjoy life more. The first step to achieving mindfulness is to declutter your life. Organising and simplifying your life will give you the chance to focus on the present as it prevents you from being disorganised and distracted, so we have put together some tips to help you declutter your life!
Keep your bedroom tidy
Your bedroom is where you start and end the day, so it is important that this environment reflects the organised state you want to achieve. Going to bed and waking up in a tidy environment will put you in the right mind-set for the day. A good habit to get into is to make your bed as soon as you get up. Any mess will look out of place next to your neatly made bed, which will encourage you to keep the rest of your room tidy!
Cut down your wardrobe
Clear any clothes out of your wardrobe that you haven’t worn in the last year. Be ruthless here and don’t keep anything just because you might need it one day. There’s a reason you haven’t worn it and you probably won’t miss it, so throw it away or donate it to charity! Once you have down-sized your wardrobe, keep it looking orderly by hanging your hangers so that they all face the same way, and stick to the one-in-one-out rule. This means that when you buy a new item of clothing, you should throw away one old one to prevent your wardrobe growing back into how it was when you started!
Clear your work area
Another good way to declutter your life is to tidy up the area you work in. This could mean a desk at work, an office at home, or even both! Take everything off your desk and out of your drawers, and wipe everything down so you can start afresh! Throw away anything useless – old bits of paper, or pens that have run out of ink – and invest in things to help organise everything you want to keep, like an inbox, filing tray or folders. Make sure you put any new documents in your in-tray, until you get the chance to sort through them and file them away. Don’t leave them scattered across your desk!
Sort out the rest of your home
Once you have completed the above tips, you can move on to decluttering the rest of your home. Simplify your rooms by removing any unwanted, or unnecessary, appliances or pieces of furniture that are just taking up valuable counter or floor space. We’re all guilty of throwing things in the back of the cupboard, but try to avoid this and use your storage space efficiently. Giving everything a designated home will prevent you from losing things, and will help you find everything more quickly. For example, put a tray on a kitchen counter specifically for your keys, and put your keys in here as soon as you walk through the front door. You will never lose them again!
Organise your day to day life
Organising your material things is just one way to help declutter your life and you can apply this to other aspects of your life too. Set yourself a daily and weekly routine and try to stick to it. Make a list of tasks and chores you need to complete each week and assign them to a day, keeping a note in a calendar or diary. Sometimes multi-tasking can actually be counter-productive. Having a structure to your day leads to an increase in productivity, and enables you to methodically work through your to-do list and get everything done.