Tuesday, August 20, 2013

How to simplify your life by de-cluttering

Good evening from somewhere in Asia, living a never-ending Travelife.

Our thoughts are with our friends in the Philippines who have just suffered a horrific calamity.

In fact, the typhoon is still ravaging through the country as I write.

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With the constant rains and floods, most people in the Philippines who are lucky enough to be safe and dry, are in their homes, glued to the television or on the Internet for updates on this most unfortunate situation.

For those who are remaining at home, it's an ideal time to sort through one's life and belongings, to try and de-clutter one's life.

All the non-essential belongings can be sent to the relief organizations, as well, so it's double-purpose.

DE-CLUTTERING A LIFE


How does one de-clutter a life?

In a way, it's a lot about letting go of possessions that you don't really need anymore.

We all have these kinds of things hanging around our lives, and it takes a conscious effort to actually get rid of these.

THE MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL ASPECTS



But de-cluttering a life also involves mental and emotional aspects.

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.

LETTING GO OF THINGS



For things: the most obvious de-cluttering 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.

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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.


LETTING GO OF PEOPLE

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 who 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 and their effect on us. But they can certainly be toxic to our happiness if we allow them.

LETTING GO OF BELIEFS



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.

GETTING RID OF THAT WEIGHT



It's very important that you become your biggest enabler, and that you make this task easier by letting go of any kind of clutter in your life that weighs you down -- whether it's people, possessions, or beliefs.

In "simplifying" your life, you're freeing yourself up for new experiences, adventures, possessions and people.

And for living a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.





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