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Kicking the Clutter: Five simple steps to declutter your mind

You can declutter your mind with simple activities that are easy and helpful to your entire health ~ Ranka Burzan

When we think of decluttering, we often think of physical clutter on the floor, a desk or on kitchen counters. This is visible clutter that everybody can see. But we seldom talk about disguised mental clutter, which is equally stressful as physical clutter.

When we reduce mind clutter, we increase clarity and energy level, allowing us to do the work we have to do.

How do you declutter a mind? When you have a million thoughts, scattered all over, how do you sort them? Is it by selecting those that are worth keeping and discarding those that are not?

The brain is a multilayered and mystifying structure, the essence of us as human beings. The mind has the ability to disguise scar tissue of old hurts and traumas and spread them in many phases of awareness that can take a lifetime to sort out. You can declutter your mind with simple activities that are easy and helpful to your entire health.

What do you value in your life?

By identifying things that are most important in your life, you can eliminate hundreds that are not, therefore lightening the load on your mind. The priority in your life could be your family, your business or a hobby you’re dedicated to. Life is not about getting more, it is about appreciating what you have and sharing it with those you love.

Nature is your nurture

We live in the best and most nurturing place in the world. So, when you feel overloaded and overwhelmed, venture into the nearest forest, ocean or lake to leave behind your work, negative thoughts and how much you have to finish today. Just enjoy the sunshine, clean air and colourful gardens of the beautiful qathet region.

Learn proper breathing

Many of us are so busy doing things we have to do that we forget the most important chore: how to breathe properly. Living in a world where busyness is valued, we constantly are rushed, frazzled, and forget to breathe. That’s one of the reasons why we feel tired, overwhelmed and aggravated. Try to find a peaceful place in your home, away from daily distractions. Sit quietly or lie down with your eyes closed, focus on deep breathing and pleasant thoughts.

Limit social media interactions

We all know Facebook and Twitter are here to stay, but they don’t have to consume your life. Here is a suggestion that might work for you. After you finish your homework, cleaning your home or tending to your family, reward yourself by checking your social media connection. Control your stay there as it could become time-consuming and addictive.

Create an organized and beautiful home

This sums up the fundamental meaning of a simple life. The more things you own, the more they own you. So, it comes down to very simple math. The money you spend on stuff you don’t need is a waste that can ruin your financial freedom. Time and energy you waste taking care of things you don’t need are lost forever.

Ranka Burzan owns a professional organizing company based in Powell River and has written several books on reducing clutter and becoming more organized. For information, go to