Decluttering your Physical and Mental Space before Ramadan
Is your home filled with clutter?
Are your cupboards crammed with clothes you never wear ‘but might one day'?
Do you have bits of paper and ‘stuff' in drawers?
Tons of kids' toys everywhere?
Half empty packets of food in the pantry and probably loads of expired goods because you haven’t cleared out in ages?
Drawers that you can’t bear to even open because they are stuffed full of….ohh, just all sorts of things.
A cluttered physical space often is reflective of cluttered mental space
I don't know if this is true for everyone but it's definitely true for me. The amazing things is that I found by decluttering my physical environment, it also helped me declutter mentally.
Hmmmm… maybe you’re not convinced.
If you have a very cluttered home, the thought of decluttering may be overwhelming. Or maybe you love the idea, but only if someone else will do it for you because the thought of starting makes your blood run cold.
If that’s the case, don’t think of the whole right now.
A friend once gave me the most incredible advice when I was completely swamped and drowning with work, and life, and everything, all at once.
‘The only way to eat an elephant is piece by piece.'
Humour me. I know if may sound like a bizarre thing to say but there is great wisdom in it and that’s how you’re going to declutter!
Piece by Piece
- Break the task down into small manageable goals.
- Start with a single drawer, a cupboard or the fridge.
- Micro-focus and finish the job, then move on to the next small spot.
NO MULTI-TASKING OR DECLUTTERING MULTIPLE AREAS AT THE SAME TIME ALLOWED!!! TRUST ME, IT DOESN’T WORK!
As each place is decluttered and organized, you'll get a little hit of satisfaction that will motivate you to do the next spot, in shaa Allah.
“Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein
3 simple rules to maintain a clutter free home!
How to Get Rid of Physical Clutter
- Start with something small – a cupboard, your desk, the fridge.
- Remove everything and aim to get rid of any excess.
- If it’s junk, throw it away.
- If you're not using it, and it could benefit someone else, wash it/clean it and put it in a box to donate it.
- If it’s in the wrong place, put it in a box to be moved when you’re done.
- If you’re keeping it, put it back neatly.
- As you finish an area, celebrate!
How to Clear Mental Clutter
- Write down everything on your to-do list. Sometimes just the act of writing it all down and ordering it can help us relieve mental clutter.
- Break your list down into big jobs, essential jobs, small easy to do jobs.
- Always ask yourself ‘What is *really* essential?'. Quite often, there's a lot That we convince ourselves ‘NEEDS' to be done, but it doesn't really.
- Ditch anything unnecessary.
- Do one thing at a time and complete it and slowly clear off as much as you can from the list. Aim to NOT add anything unnecessary back on to it.
How to Clear Digital Clutter
Does your inbox stress you out? Have loads of eBooks and files downloaded and scattered all over your laptop, iPad and/or phone? Hundreds of photos and clutter? Time to declutter!
- Go through your email inbox and delete anything you don't need.
- Unsubscribe from ALL lists you have not got benefit from recently. Do not subscribe to anything else unless you REALLY want to get emails from them!
- Clear out all your digital files, folders, photos - be vicious!
- Delete all old/unused phone numbers on your phone.
- Celebrate when you're done!
Follow these steps and by the time Ramadan comes around, your home and your mind are going to be clutter free and you’ll be totally focused on worship and making the most of this beautiful month. In shaa Allah.