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How to Declutter and Create Space in Your Life

How to Declutter and Create Space in Your Life

Ayurveda Lifestyle: Spring Clean and Create Space in Your Life Physically Mentally and Emotionally

Ayurveda Lifestyle: Spring Clean and Create Space in Your Life Physically Mentally and Emotionally

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Many of us have been spending a lot more time than we were expecting in our homes over the last couple of years. 

Some people have used this as an opportunity to declutter and create a space that leaves them calm, comforted and creative.

Others of us may struggle to declutter. Whilst I am not the tidiest person in the world I have always had few possessions so this is not really an issue for me, however my partner has tools for this, tools for that, seed packets here, plants there and random food stuffs all over the house!

So with spring just around the corner for many of us I think it is a great time for us to declutter.

So why should we declutter?

Whether you know this consciously or not you are probably aware that possessions tend to weigh us down. Physically and mentally, and the two are intrinsically linked.

Physically having too much stuff can make moving difficult – the thought of all that packing is enough to put people off from making that next big move. Always tripping over things is enough to put any of us in a bad mood.

Certain possessions come with feelings of obligations that demand for them to be retained – that awful ornament that your aunt brought back from overseas and has sat on the shelf gathering dust for the last 5 years.

Whilst everyone is different, many of us take comfort being surrounded by some familiar and loved objects.

Having a cluttered house or room can affect our ability to think creatively and positively.

So maybe it is time to Marie Kondo your stuff and declutter.

How to Declutter and Create Space in Your Life

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How to start

Like any good project set yourself a goal or intention. If you share a space then get buy in from your housemates, partner or family. It’s difficult to do this alone!

Pick a room and create a vision of what you would like it to look like and feel like once you are done.

Go room by room.

Choose an area where you can put your decluttered items until you can pass them on, sell them or dispose of them appropriately. Clear this first so you don’t get backed up!

Set a time and date – be realistic as going through sentimental items can be slow going.

Bring a buddy – if you are overly sentimental then bring a ruthless friend to help you see the wood for the trees.

If you haven’t used an item in the last 12 months decide if you really need it (to cover all seasons!).

Only keep items that have positive feelings and energy. Being boring but very useful is a positive energy in my mind. (It doesn’t need to make you feel giddy with joy to be worth keeping!)

Once you have chosen the items that are going, try and find them good homes. Charity shops, friends, Ebay, freecycle. There are loads of options that are better than taking them to the tip.

Finally…. Stop buying things. Buying stuff can be fun, but we all now have a responsibility to only buy and use what we need not what we want.

And remember if you need to buy, try and buy second hand, refurbished or at least ethically produced.

You can also learn more about how you can lead a more sustainable life through the practice of Yoga  & Ayurveda.

So why not release yourself from your possessions and tread lightly and positively forward in 2022 and beyond!