7 Easy Ways to Declutter Your Mind

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Image of a bridge in a park and the phrase, 7 Easy Ways to Declutter Your MindDoes your mind feel cluttered?

Are you having a difficult time organizing your thoughts amongst the chaos?

In this post, I offer seven ways to help you remove that mental clutter, so you’ll have a clearer, and sharper, mind.

Write down what’s bothering you…and get rid of it.

Can’t stand having a thought hang around your mind?

Try writing down what’s bothering you, and then promptly dismiss it by physically disposing of it.

You could scribble some thoughts on a piece of paper, and then shred the paper, write your thoughts on a dry erase board, and wipe them away, or draw some words into some damp sand on the beach, and let the waves wash over them.

Sit quietly or meditate.

Calm your monkey mind by sitting down quietly for a few minutes. There really isn’t anything complicated to this; sometimes you just need to calm your mind down in order to see things more clearly.

You could sit quietly, or listen to some soft, relaxing music. If you really want to be undisturbed, turn off your electronic devices, take the phone off the hook, and let others know you’re unavailable for a short while.

Talk to a friend.

When in doubt, talk it out! Sometimes we make thoughts, issues, and ideas more complex and complicated than they really are.

Get some clarity by talking to a trusted friend, family member, or colleague. Let them know you need to vent off some steam, or want to bounce off a couple of ideas off of them.

Go for a walk in nature.

When’s the last time you spend some time outdoors in nature? A bit of fresh air may be just what you need to clear your mind! If the weather’s pleasant where you live, you could go for a walk in a local park, recreation area, or hiking trail. If the weather is less than pleasant, visit an indoor greenhouse, or garden.

Perform a repetitive task.

Doing the same task, over, and over again can have a calming effect on your mind. Pick an easy-to-do task, such as addressing envelopes, deleting old files, or shredding documents. If you feel like cleaning house, you could do some sweeping, dusting, or vacuuming.

Get a good night’s rest.

One of my favorite mental decluttering solutions is to simply get a good night’s rest. Things always look worse when you’re tired, stressed out, and cranky. Fortunately, things always have the wonderful habit of looking better in the morning. Stop fussing with your thoughts, and hit the hay instead. Things will look a lot different in a few hours’ time.

Declutter your physical space.

Is it all in your head…or is some of your mental clutter being influenced by, or even supported by physical clutter? It might be time to give your living spaces a thorough decluttering so you can think clearly! You could declutter a part of your home or office, tidy up the top of your desk, or discard of old books, magazines, and decades-old clothing that no longer fits.

How about you? How do you declutter your mind when you’re feeling frazzled? Join in the conversation and leave a comment below!

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Rashelle Isip is a New York City-based professional organizer and productivity consultant who helps people get organized so they can stress less, have more fun, and be happier at home. Her work has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Business Insider, and The Atlantic. Get access to her free guide, 10 Simple Ways to Make Your To-Do Lists More Effective, by clicking here.