New Year’s Resolution: Declutter Your Life
Spring cleaning season is just around the corner. If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that having peace of mind is more necessary now than ever. Most of us have been trapped in our homes, staring at our walls, and stressing about COVID while the dust and to-do lists continue to pile on.
If your motivation is on hold due to the overwhelming time we’re in, our tips below might help. Before you add spring cleaning to your list, focus on decluttering your life so you can give yourself the freshest start possible in 2021.
Here are three ways to enter into 2021 with a fresh and clean perspective:
Evaluate Your Time
The only good thing that came out of 2020 was that we all learned how to say “NO!” We said “no” to social events, dinners out, and travel. And we were given full permission to do so.
Although it seems that 2021 will be similar – at least during the first half of the year – you have an opportunity to take your “just say no” lessons into the future. What else do you do in your life that is keeping you from having time for you? How much time are you spending on social media, reading the news or worrying about things you can’t control? Too much, right?
TIME REGAINED CAN BECOME TIME WELL SPENT
What could you do with the time you’ve spent stressing out? Repaint the bathroom? Organize your closet? Go for a drive with the kids?
Calm Your Mind
It’s the perfect time to cultivate a calm mind. If you’ve ever thought about taking up yoga or meditation, this is the time. And if not, just start with taking a few deep breaths and detaching from things that don’t bring you calm and peace. A calm mind means a more effective human being.
QUIET REFLECTION CAN BRING LIFE INTO PERSPECTIVE.
Spend five (or more!) mindful minutes just breathing. Turn off your cell phone and distractions like TV, find a comfy place to relax and just be. If you need mantra-type music to assist, go for it. Develop a daily practice of moving mindfully and creating quiet intentional moments. This can help create a mind that is clear of outside noise, and stress, even when the world around you is falling apart.
Activate Your Body
Its important to move, dance or just stretch your muscles. Moving your muscles can actually exercise your brain. If you’ve learned anything from Professor Amos, he’s all about the Happy Dance. It’s what gets him going each morning. Take it from a seasoned professional – movement is mood-lifting!
ACTIVITY SPURS CREATIVITY.
Take a short walk. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Use the parking space furthest from the front door. Any activity will become a quick and welcome wakeup call to get those blood cells flowing.
Keep Us Updated on Your Progress
Let us know if you tried any of these tips by tagging us on social media! We are excited to enter into 2021 with you. With our internal lives in order, everything else gets easier. Decluttering your mind may even encourage you to declutter your space. We can’t wait for SPRING CLEANING SEASON!