How To Successfully Declutter Your Life... And Your Mind!
Updated: Mar 18
Over my thirty plus years working in the medical profession I have watched people change many aspects of their lives for many reasons, and I have observed that there is an interesting relationship between the clutter in peoples’ minds, bodies, and their environment...
Of course, as part of the Transformed Weight Loss Program, we pride ourselves on delivering evidence-based medicine.
With the weight loss industry being full of misinformation, half-truths, and supposed theories my Medical training allows me to put my hand-on-my-heart, and say we are doing the best we can.
I find it very comforting to be able to rely on science to separate fact from fiction and as evidence-based practitioners.
I feel it important to let you know that the following advice on the impact of decluttering your life on your mind - comes from my observations and is my OPINION!
While in my heart I know that this information to be true, I’ve never read an evidence-based study on this connection (if one exists, someone please let me know)!
So here it is...
When people begin to take care of their bodies in a better way, when their minds become clearer, the organisation of their environment follows!
The same also occurs in reverse.
I see this all the time – a person drops a couple of kilos on the scales, and suddenly the home office is also down a few kilos in old bits of paper, bills, and unfiled receipts.
A client chooses to forgive an old friend, and before the friend comes to visit, that spring-clean that has been waiting since last autumn blossoms.
Plus the relationship seems to work both ways – the more you declutter your environment, the more decluttered your mind and body become too!!
One thing decluttering helps remind you of is your “self-efficacy”, your ability to change your own behavior, psychological state, and emotions, even if in a small way and from little things, believing in yourself... big things grow!
I find that Sundays are the perfect day for this type of activity so you are ready to roll into the new week with a fresh new energy!
Start small, start quickly, and start decluttering ... wherever you’d like!!!
My decluttering challenge to you is based on asking yourself
the following 8 questions
1. Have I used this in the last year?
2. If I were shopping right now, would I buy this?
3. Is the only thing that’s keeping me from disposing this item that I don’t want to waste money?
4. Am I holding onto this for sentimental value?
5. Do I have a similar item that serves the same purpose?
6. Does it fit me and my living space?
7. Do I have a realistic plan to use this?
8. Am I holding onto the broken item to fix in the future?
Give it a go, set your goals small
One draw or cupboard at a time and see how productive you become!!!