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Cleaning Out the Physical and Mental Clutter in Your Life

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Cleaning Out the Physical and Mental Clutter in Your Life

America is cluttered. We live in a society of overabundance, and as a result, most Americans have too much stuff.

According to a recent article in the LA Times, there are 51,000 storage facilities in America—approximately 2.3 billion square feet of self-storage. That equates to more than seven square feet of storage for every man, woman and child. Texas, along with California and Florida, leads the nation with the most storage space.

The original intent of a storage unit wasn’t to store stuff for years—they should be a temporary solution and yet that’s not how the majority of Americans use them.

But it’s not just the physical clutter that has become a problem. Americans also have mental clutter. We can’t say “no” to buying more things and we can’t say “no” to adding more items to our to-do list.

Both mental and physical clutter can affect your happiness and your health. Having too much on your plate can increase stress levels, lead to anxiety and exhaustion. Owning too much stuff means time spent with that stuff, rather than building real relationships with real people.

Multitasking has become the norm. We have become so busy doing so much that we don’t take time to stop and enjoy the moment. There is never satisfaction when we go from one thing to the next without fully processing it, we miss out on the emotional satisfaction. With technology, we have sped up life, we don’t do things as slowly as we once did, and we lose the appreciation for life.

Technology has taken over and we are paying the price. According to the same LA Times article, parents and children spend just 14.5 minutes a day having actual conversation with each other. The rest of their day is spent dealing with all the other “stuff” in life. Physical and virtual clutter has pushed out the solitude and the peace and quiet that should be in the home.

Are you ready to declutter your home and your life? Give these three tips a try to eliminate mental and physical clutter:

  1. Ask why. This is the first thing you should do when trying to clear out clutter in your home or in your life. What is the purpose of something you own or something you do? If you can’t answer that question, get rid of it.
  2. Ten minutes to reflect. At the end of each day, take 10 minutes to reflect on the good that took place that day.
  3. Step away from electronics. At least an hour before you go to bed, power down all your electronics, including the TV. Give your mind time to relax before going to bed. Keep your phone in the other room at night. Even the small blue light of a charging phone can interrupt sleep. And if your phone is in the other room when you wake up, you won’t be tempted to pick it up and check email or social media before you even get out of bed.

Remember, less really is more. When it comes to physical clutter, if you don’t need it to function in your daily life, you probably don’t need it at all. When it comes to doing, just slow down. Think before you add one more thing to your daily calendar. What value will that extra activity bring to your life? Focus on the things that allow you to have real conversations with real people and take time to appreciate the time you have to spend with people you love.

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Article provided by Cooper Aerobics Marketing and Communications.