This morning on my run I was listening to a pod cast about decluttering. It really got my interest. I can certainly identify a personal link between a tidy living environment, free from clutter, and a clear and content mind.
Of course mindfulness and meditation help my mind but I am definitely a believer in an all round approach. I do everything I can to make life better. I think decluttering fits in well with a mindful way of living.
When Martyn and I first moved in together we did a lot of work to our house and this forced us to throw away, give away, and recycle. I remember it felt quite satisfying and made me feel good.
We reduced everything that we owned so that it fitted into one room and then even that stuff got covered in dust from weeks of builders being in the house. When we were finally ready to get all of our remaining things out we became quite ruthless and ousted most of it.
8 years on and + 1 small child later things are slowly starting to build up again. We don’t have lots of storage space so keeping it minimal is a good thing and makes the house a nice place to be.
The decluttering exert on the podcast suggested finding one thing each day that you are ready to get rid of. It could be rubbish or recycling, it could be something to give away or it could be a charity shop donation.
I love this idea and got quite excited about doing it as a family. Reluctantly Martyn and Noah agreed that we could start today by finding one item to oust from the house!
So it went really well. Here are our finds…
Martyn decided that he only needed one body warmer. Noah decided he had outgrown his London Bus book and that his friend Freddie might like it. I found a necklace that I haven’t worn for a while and that I was ready to let go.
So we made a pile and then when my family came for Sunday lunch I told them of our idea. My dad tried the body warmer on and was delighted with it and my niece was totally sold on the necklace. Perfect!
I think it will have a real impact on the way we live. We will start to notice our possessions more rather than taking them for granted. Hopefully we will be more thoughtful in our shopping too, only buying things that we really want.
Being mindful comes in all sorts of guises. If you think it could be a good addition to your lifestyle come and find out more on a Revitalise Session. Thinking in a new way is so refreshing, it stops life being dull and puts the interest back in.