Over the past few years, I’ve come to realize how critical it is to clear, declutter, let go and create space in my life in order to invite in the stuff that I really want like joy, inspiration, ease and other magic.
Creating space can often lead to this feeling of lightness, like weight has been lifted in some unexplainable way. I don’t think many of us realize the invisible weights we carry each day like a crowded inbox, messy closet or negative social media feed. These things may seem small, but in my experience, they can have more of an impact than we might recognize.
So as the year is winding down and we’re gearing up for 2018, now is a great time to create space so you can invite in more love, positivity, and whatever else you desire in 2018.
Here are 5 simple ways you can do this:
1 // clean + organize your living space
Earlier this year, my boyfriend and I cleaned out our living space according to Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and yes, it was life-changing. Prior to this I considered myself a “neat” person, but the amount of donating, recycling, and giving away we did was shocking. I never realized we had so much stuff - from kitchen appliances to old birthday cards - that was taking up so much space.
We ended up letting go of about ⅓ of our belongings, and saying it was freeing doesn’t do it justice. Literally creating physical space and letting go of shit we no longer needed was incredible. Dare I say magical. I started sleeping better, felt way less stressed and was able to start working from home with fewer distractions.
Imagine how YOU will feel when you clear your living space!
2 // donate old clothes
One of the most impactful parts of this major clean-out was clearing out my closet.
How many times do you look at all your clothes and think, I have nothing to wear. Yup, I did that every single day. My problem was buying clothes that sort of fit, sort of made me feel good, and then they’d sit in my closet unworn for years. So yea, I did have clothes to wear but nothing I was psyched to put on. And I think that’s an important part of cultivating a positive body image, if that's accessible for you.
Clearing out the clothes, shoes and accessories that have gone unworn or make you feel blah allows you to build a wardrobe filled with pieces that help you feel beautiful, unstoppable, sexy, or however else you want to feel. Yet again, another weight lifted off your shoulders.
3 // hit unsubscribe
You may not realize how many diet culture and body negative messages hit your brain each day, but chances are the answer is a helluva lot if you’re exposed to some form of media. Over time, these subliminal messages may rewire your thinking, forming beliefs rooted in less than or not good enough.
For example: Let’s say you’re flipping through a fitness magazine and see page after page of women with rock hard abs, toned arms and sculpted butts. They’re being glorified. If you see those messages day after day, in magazine after magazine, it’s possible you may start thinking YOU need to have rock hard abs, toned arms and a sculpted butt in order to be “beautiful”.
This might not be your exact scenario, but you get the idea. It’s part of being human, but we also have the choice to filter out these messages and create space for more positive thoughts to take shape.
A great place to start is hitting unsubscribe or pause on reading magazines (fashion, fitness, diet) and newsletters/blogs that promote specific ways of eating or working out.
4 // clear the clutter on social media + TV
Similar to the above, diet culture and body image messages can be found all over social media and TV. If you’re mindlessly scrolling or watching a show, it may be challenging to filter out messages that, like the media talked about above, can begin to shift our thought processes.
These are yet another form of unnecessary weight and mental space that can be cleared so more positive thoughts and intentions can grow.
Here are a few ways you can begin to clear the social media and TV clutter:
Take a break from both altogether
Unfollow any accounts that bring up negative feelings
Opt to watch inspiring, positive, uplifting shows
Set a time limit to engage in either/both each day
5 // start a journaling practice
Ohhh the power of journaling! Even if you don’t consider yourself a “writer”, you can journal. The simple act of putting pen to paper and writing down your brain’s chatter can be so powerful and freeing.
It doesn’t have to be a really structured practice, either. My favorite exercise is to freestyle write for 10 minutes. Whatever comes to mind, I write it down. This may be particularly helpful if you’re feeling stressed, overwhelmed or anxious.
I think the very act of writing out our thoughts helps clear a lot of mental space and can be a healthy way to decrease feelings of stress, overwhelm or anxiety.
Lastly... experiment! If any of these don’t work for you, toss them. If something really resonates, let it stick around. As you’re clearing out mental and physical space, reflect on how it’s making you feel. How does your body feel? Your mind?