Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Decluttering a life, and how simplicity and happiness go together in a Travelife

One of my major projects for 2013 is a total overhaul of my life.

I'm planning to streamline and simplify almost all aspects of it -- to declutter in a material, time and pyschological sense.

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If you're reading this blog regularly, I'm sure you're thinking that simplicity is not at all compatible with our never-endingly eventful Travelife. My months are booked in advance, my schedule is oftentimes listed down to the minute, and my logistics are far from ordinary.

Not too many people have six luggages in a row in their bedroom, and very few need to pack for six different trips all at the same time, taking into account six different climates, companions, conditions, and occasions.


But if you've traveled with me, you'll know that the pre-planning makes for a completely seamless operation. We at Travelife Magazine, the leading travel & lifestyle publication, have it down to a science by now.

Most of my trips go like clockwork as long as I'm handling the planning, and I've never missed a flight or a plane, or gotten a hotel, restaurant or car reservation mixed up. At Travelife, we know how to plan perfect trips, and also how to leave some room for spontaneity.

But for an even better Travelife in 2013, I've been unloading baggage of all kinds so that I'll have space for the new in my life.


How does one declutter a life?

First, you let go of things, people and beliefs that are preventing you from being who you want to be and from doing what you want to do.

This is more complicated than you think because we all have a tendency to hang on to what we know and what's comfortable to us. But change is good, and it can lead to growth.


For things: the most obvious decluttering is to streamline your home in every way possible.

Throwing out or giving away old clothes and items you haven't used in a year, and going through stacks of papers and documents to choose only the most important. It means getting rid of anything useless in your cabinets, on your shelves, and even on your floors.

Yes, some people have so much clutter that they've taken to placing stuff on the floors. From a psychological sense, this is one of the first things to tackle.


For people: this means letting go of or disassociating with people who have a negative mindset, or who somehow add unneeded stress to your life or prevent you from being the person you want to be.

We all have such people in our lives and we don't really think about them. But they can be toxic to our happiness if we allow them.


For beliefs: this means adopting a more positive and energetic outlook on life, and acquiring beliefs in your capabilities.

Lots of people aren't doing what they want to do in life because they believe they can't or they shouldn't. It's very important that you become your biggest enabler, and that you make this task easier by letting go of clutter in your life.


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