Life-Changing Decluttering Methods You Haven’t Tried Yet

Abish Latha
4 min readApr 14, 2023


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It is simple to become weighed down by clutter in every part of our life in today’s fast-paced society.. It might not seem like a big deal, but clutter can prevent us from living our best life.

Just imagine how much faster you could achieve your goals if you weren’t bogged down by physical, mental, social, emotional, or spiritual clutter.

If you’re ready to start a journey towards decluttering and achieving clarity in every aspect of life, then start with the tangible ones: physical decluttering.

  1. Clear out your working area: An unorganized workspace can be distracting and reduce your productivity. Start by clearing everything off your desk and only put back what you need. You’ll be surprised at how much more focused you become with a tidy workspace.
  2. Clean and organize your room: The same principle applies to your living space. Take some time to go through everything you own and decide what you really need. If you haven’t used something in months, it’s probably safe to donate or get rid of it.
  3. Clear out your closet: Our closets tend to accumulate clothes that we never wear. Go through your clothes and donate, sell or trash items that you don’t use. This will help you reduce clutter and make it easier to find what you need in your closet.

Once you’ve tackled physical decluttering, it’s time to move on to mental decluttering. Mental decluttering involves process of identifying and eliminating unnecessary or negative thoughts and mental distractions in order to reduce stress, increase focus, and improve overall mental well-being.

  1. Get sound sleep at night: Getting enough sleep is crucial for mental clarity. Make sure you’re getting at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night, and establish a night time routine to help you wind down and relax.
  2. Start mindfulness or meditation practice: Mindfulness and meditation practices can help you declutter your mind, even if it’s just for a few minutes a day. Find a comfortable spot, take a deep breath, and clear your thoughts, or indulge in any activity which you enjoy, and get into flow.
  3. Be selective of what you consume: Selectively consuming information, entertainment, and other inputs can have a significant impact on your mental state. Be mindful of what you’re consuming and take breaks when needed.

Emotional decluttering is the process of identifying and letting go of negative emotions.

  1. Forget and forgive often: Letting go of grudges and negative emotions can be challenging, but it’s crucial for emotional clarity. This can be easier said than done, but if you make a conscious effort to forgive often and be aware of negative thought patterns, you can start to make progress.
  2. Be aware of negative thought patterns or relationships: Negative thought patterns or relationships

Remember, it is okay to take things slowly.

Next on the list is social decluttering. Social decluttering means streamlining your social commitments and prioritizing quality time with loved ones.

  1. Distant yourself slowly from energy vampires in your circle, freeing up time and energy to focus on more fulfilling relationships.
  2. Surround yourself with people who uplift you and make you feel good about yourself.

Spiritual decluttering involves simplifying one’s life and creating a more intentional and meaningful existence, with the ultimate goal of aligning with one’s higher self and purpose

  1. Reflect on your thoughts and actions and identifying your core values.
  2. Once you have a clear understanding of what’s important to you, you can start to make choices that are in line with those values. This can help you feel more grounded and purposeful in your life.

Digital decluttering involves organizing and removing unnecessary digital content and data from devices and online accounts to reduce digital clutter and improve productivity, focus and well-being.

  1. Organize your digital files and deleting unnecessary files that you haven’t opened in years.
  2. Unsubscribe from emails that don’t serve you

By doing this, you can free up mental space and reduce the feeling of being overwhelmed by all the digital clutter.

Overall, decluttering is a powerful way to simplify your life and improve your well-being. By making intentional choices about what you keep in your life and what you let go of, you can create a space where you feel more peaceful and focused.

Start small, be patient with yourself, and remember that every small step counts.



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Abish Latha

Recovering perfectionist | Knowledge Scientist | Empowering high-achievers to master perfectionism and lead high-performance lifestyles |