Between school, home, crushes, and everything else, life can feel a bit busy sometimes. Last year everyone was obsessed with Marie Condo’s Netflix show Tidying Up, which focused on clearing things out that don’t bring you joy. So we’re taking a look at all the areas in your life that could do with a bit of decluttering.
Declutter your… home
Home, it’s where your heart is, right? But if it’s also where your Bratz dolls, old posters, and High School Musical memorabilia is, it’s time we had a chat. Physical clutter in your space can have a negative effect on your life and your mind. The Chinese art of Feng Shui is based on the principle that we need space to allow chi (positive energy) to flow around us freely. If you block the chi then your health, wealth and love life could all suffer. If you believe in this sort of stuff, your pile of Beanie Babies in the corner could be hampering your happiness. No thanks!
Clear out the clutter: It might look like a mammoth list but if you’re short on time you can do it in bursts. That drawer in your desk full of stickers and pencils, clear it. That pile of t-shirts you haven’t worn since you were nine, donate them. Pick a little area of your room one rainy evening or free Saturday and before you know it you’ll have a clear space and a clear mind.
Declutter your… social life
Friends, especially when you’re younger, can be the be-all and end-all of your life. You spend tonnes of time with them and dedicate a lot of hours to lending an ear, and often a shoulder. Without noticing, you could be using more energy advising Fiona on which shoes to buy on ASOS than you are thinking about your own life. Friendship is a two-way street. While you can be there for them, it’s also important that your besties are only a text away when you need them too. You deserve something in return.
Clear out the clutter: Before you go jumping the gun, we’re not suggesting you start dumping your friends willy-nilly. Not for a second. We are suggesting you evaluate whether the ones you have are real friends to you or not. When you’ve just been dumped, who would come running with some chocolate and a packet of tissues? And who barely sends a text? When you have to go to your nan’s 80th, who offers to go along with you for the laugh? If you start to see a pattern here, there is no shame in cutting down the amount of time you spend with certain people. Instead, focus your energy on being a good mate to the friends who are always there for you.
Declutter your… love life
How great would it be if you fancied a fit lad or gorgeous girl they’d automatically fancy you right back? Unforch, life doesn’t always work like that. Sometimes, the desire to have someone to call your own means you end up with the wrong person. Being in a relationship can be wonderful, but it also takes time, effort and commitment, which means that if you’re not in it 100% you’re only wasting your time, and theirs.
Clear out the clutter: Ask yourself this: Do they give you butterflies? If they do, then skip on, but if not, it’s time to set them, and yourself, free. Yes, breaking up is a hard thing to do, but you’ve got to think about you in this case. This kind of clutter leaves you stuck in a relationship that you want to get out of and stuck in a place where you won’t up with someone you actually really like.
Declutter your… school life
Would you like to give some honours subjects a shot? Or maybe give Woodwork a go instead of Home Ec? It’s a good idea to evaluate your strong and not-so-strong points from your previous few years so that when the choices come up again, you can make the best decisions.
Clear out the clutter: A lot of the time doing well in school is down to having a positive attitude. If school is stressing you out, write down every little worry you have and talk to your parent, guardian or teacher about how to make it better. This way you’ll get the best out of your subjects. Once you put your clutter-free mind to it, you’ll have no problem reading your goal.
Declutter your… phone
With the world at your fingertips it can seem like it makes sense to spend so much time on your phone. But too much time scrolling can really clog up your mind. Are you following girls that look nothing like you and maybe make you feel super self-conscious? Are you following celebs with incredible lifestyles, private jets and designer clothes, and is it making it harder for you to concentrate on your own life and your schoolwork? Sometimes when we spend all our time looking at people who are nothing like us, we can feel a little overwhelmed.
Clear out the clutter: Even just being a little mindful of how much time you’re spending on your phone every day can make a huge difference. When you’re hanging out with friends, make sure to enjoy their company instead of looking at other people online with their friends. Picking up your phone once or twice less than usual can help clear the digital clutter from your mind. If you’re feeling self-conscious or overwhelmed by people on Instagram, go on an unfollow spree and get rid of anyone who doesn’t bring you joy, so that your scrolling experience becomes a more positive one.