With Memorial Day weekend nearly upon us, spring is in full swing. Decluttering during your spring cleaning is a powerful way to freshen your outlook and let go of things that aren’t needed in your life anymore. Even better, there are many amazing organizations that can help redistribute things to those who are in need.
Clear the Closets
Unorganized spaces can unconsciously drain our energy, and it certainly takes a lot of energy to keep tidying up when our spaces are full of more than we need. From old pairs of reading glasses, formal wear, shoes and just clothing that doesn’t fit anymore, there are groups doing great work to serve others that you can help with your donations to practice karma yoga. Huffington Post has a great list of deserving organizations that may motivate you to get started on those decluttering projects: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/05/donate-clothes-beauty-products_n_7192358.html
Connect More, Consume Less
Once you’ve cleared out some of the things you don’t need anymore, the trickier step is changing our habits that created the clutter in the first place. Practicing mindfulness before we impulsively purchase more things can help here. Before snapping up something new, take a moment ask yourself how often you’ll really use it. Try putting some time or space between wanting something new and actually making the purchase to see if you still feel you need it after the initial impulse.
From tree trimmers to special occasion outfits, often we can borrow or rent things we won’t need often from friends, family or neighbors, and online communities like Facebook or NextDoor are great places to see who might have something to lend. Even better, lending or borrowing things helps us feel more connected with others, helping us feel happier while keeping more cash in our wallets. As we notice the difference our new habits make, it gets easier to try asking around before snapping up something new at the store.
If you're looking for more ideas on how to live a decluttered lifestyle, Marie Kondo has written an inspiring book on simplifying, organizing and storing the Japanese way called The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Perhaps you might want to post online to see who might be able to lend you a copy, or consider downloading the digital version to start to put living light in practice. No matter how far you want to go on your first steps towards living with less clutter, you're sure to create more mental space that leaves you with more energy.