Let’s do a reboot on our lives by clearing out our clutter.

Join me in the Declutter Challenge!

For the next four weeks, we’ll declutter together. One space at a time.

We’ll create space in our lives by letting go. By hauling away the unnecessary. By paring down to what we truly need and cherish.

The Joy of Decluttering

While taking on a declutter challenge can feel exciting at first, for some people, it can feel overwhelming. Another project to take on!

But actually, it can be a mindfulness practice, a time of reflection on your life and priorities, and quite a joy.

Imagine deciding to declutter your kitchen counter. Piled with crap, you look at it and feel overwhelmed. No worries! You take a deep breath, and start with one item. One thing to focus on. Narrowing your universe to one single thing: you look at it and fully consider it. Is this worthy of space in your life? Does it bring you joy or fill space needlessly?

Then you make a clear decision: this should stay. Or it should go. Then you take action: if it stays, find a permanent spot for it. If it goes, put it in a box to donate or recycle.

One thing at a time, you give an item your complete focus. This is a mindfulness practice of letting go of the world and just being with one item you’ve chosen to bring into your life. Breathing, noticing the texture of the object, giving full consideration of whether it belongs in your world, or whether you should practice letting go.

Letting go can be seen as difficult, as we notice our attachment to things. The things themselves aren’t the problem — it’s our attachment to them. So can we loosen that attachment by seeing the possibilities in openness and letting go? Can we explore a different path, with curiosity and gratitude?

Imagine you have a box full of items from your grandpa. So beautiful! But it’s taking space, and perhaps you can let go of attachment to these items you’ll never use, but hold the essence, the memories of your grandpa? Snap some pics, and create a ritual where you remember your grandpa every few months, looking at the photos, reminiscing about the influence he had on your life. And you explore that possibility, letting go and creating space for new memories.

The Space That Opens Up

When you start letting go of objects, your cluttered life starts to develop some space. Your desk becomes clear, your counters clear up, your bedroom floor is no longer littered with items, your living room becomes less crowded.

What good is this space? Doesn’t it start to feel empty and boring?

In my experience, the space creates openness. It feels freer and less stressful, because clutter brings with it the burden of ownership and maintenance, and the stress of unfinished business.

The space creates possibility: now that you’ve let go of 50 books and made a nice place in your living room to read, you can spend time each morning and evening in this clutter-free zone (even if your garage is still full!) and actually focus on reading the 10 books that remain on your shelf. By letting go of the clutter, we open space for what really matters.

By letting go, we are saying yes to freedom and joy.

Create space to make art. Create space to get active. Create space to reflect and journal. Create space to meditate, to contemplate, to be.

Commit to this challenge in the #declutter channel in Slack!