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Thursdays Thoughts: Time to Declutter your mind & your life

July 13, 2017

Time to Declutter your mind and your life

During our 31 days to Focus on You series I’ve looked at the need to Focus on What is Important to you, asked the question ‘Are you Making the Most of Each Day?’ and started ticking some items off our 31 days of Self-Care list.

Today I want to start the discussion about organizing your life and that includes clearing your mind, body and spirit of ‘junk’ that stops you from being the best you can be.  In this post we will be looking at decluttering your Mind and Your Life.

I’ll be sharing ways you can achieve this with simple exercises.

Time to Declutter your mind and your life

You know that drawer that everything gets thrown into? We all have one of those, I’m sure.  We get too busy to tidy up and the ‘junk drawer’ becomes overloaded to the point where you say ‘enough is enough’ and you FINALLY decide to tidy up and get rid of the clutter!  You may even have an ‘Oh I wondered where that got to’ moment.

Our lives can become so busy that our mind becomes the ‘junk drawer’.  It becomes so cluttered that we lose clarity, can’t focus and just become overwhelmed with life. This affects our ability to function.

Being overwhelmed with the inability to have clarity in our mind robs us of happiness in the moment and also affects our goals and dreams.  We are paralyzed to do anything because our Mind is full to capacity so we just keep treading water rather than moving forward.

It’s time to clear the clutter form our Mind, take a few deep breaths, enjoy life and also rediscover thoughts that had been pushed to the back of the ‘filing cabinet’ in the ‘To Do’ file.

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Just as you examine everything in your ‘junk drawer’ to decide what to keep and what to dispose of, so too we can us this principle to declutter our Mind.

Time to Declutter your mind and your life

Try this Exercise

Take a sheet of paper and list ALL the things you are thinking of right at this moment – okay you might need more than one sheet of paper.

Leave the list and come back to it each day for the next week – adding your thoughts.

After a week examine the list and divide your thoughts into three categories:-

  • Keep
  • Put to side
  • Bin


These are your thoughts, dreams and concerns that need to be addressed.  Take each thought individually and if it is a problem take time to think of ways to solve it.

Put to the Side

These are your thoughts that you are not sure whether to keep or not.  Perhaps it might be an issue that you can’t face at the moment – but know that you will have to deal with it at some point.


These are the thoughts that have NO VALUE.  For example, worrying about something which is out of your control.

Once you have cleared the junk from your Mind use these 3 categories each week to keep your mind free, open and relaxed.  You will fell happier, less stressed and anxious, and enjoy your life more


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  • Reply Donna July 13, 2017 at 06:43

    I LOVE your exercise on mind-decluttering, Sue! I will definitely give it a try!

  • Reply Kathy Marris July 13, 2017 at 18:36

    I try to write all of my tasks on paper each and every day. My mind does become cluttered too often and if I don’t write it down it doesn’t resolve the issue. There is something liberating about writing things down so I do really like your exercise. I will definitely give it a try! 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 14, 2017 at 09:28

      I agree Kathy my mind certainly feels a lot less overloaded if I write my thoughts down. I hope all is going well in your world now that you are working part-time. I’d love to organise a get together maybe in December with you and Lyndall (I think she is not too far from the Coast) it would be lovely to meet up down there. x

      • Reply Kathy Marris July 14, 2017 at 10:00

        Yes that would be great Sue. I will look forward to it!

  • Reply Debbie Harris July 13, 2017 at 22:18

    Such a good exercise to do Sue! Once again you’ve hit the nail on the head.

  • Reply Wendy | The Art of "Why Not?" July 14, 2017 at 06:16

    What a great idea! I do this for physical clutter but I’ve never done it for mental clutter. And I know there is a WHOLE lot of mental clutter clogging that space between my ears! Thank you for this, Sue. I wonder how much will end up in the bin??

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 14, 2017 at 09:20

      I know Wendy, I do the physical clutter but I also think we need to declutter our mind, body and soul. I know as a worrier there is a lot of clutter in my mind and most of it ends in the bin! Have a great day!

  • Reply Deborah July 14, 2017 at 08:04

    Oh I like that idea Sue and I definitely need to do a mind declutter at the moment. I feel like I’ve been getting bogged down in a few things on a recurring basis. Every so often my mind clears and I feel positive and happy, but then the other stuff reappears and I fall down the hole again.

    I think I need to better identify it and rid myself of it (bin it, as you say) and move on!


    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 14, 2017 at 09:19

      Yes I’m like that Deb and I find I’m getting back into the ‘hole’ I do something I enjoy then really think about what is cluttering my mind. It does work. Have a great week!

  • Reply Lisa @ The Meaning of Me July 14, 2017 at 13:05

    Great exercise. Decluttering the mind is something I should definitely do more often.

  • Reply Shirley Corder July 14, 2017 at 15:23

    Great idea, Sue. I’ve done this with physical clutter but never thought of doing if with my very cluttered mind!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 14, 2017 at 15:26

      It does help to look at clearing our minds this way Shirley. I know mine gets so overloaded sometimes I could burst!

  • Reply Leanne | crestingthehill July 14, 2017 at 18:35

    This sounds like a really interesting exercise Sue – we have so much swimming around in our heads all day and a lot of it is useless clutter – not sure how I’d go with discarding stuff and not scooping it back up though – might have to work on that one a bit!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 15, 2017 at 05:27

      I know Leanne, I ‘bin’ things but then suddenly they aren’t in the bin anymore! Still we can only try.

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit July 15, 2017 at 07:05

    I love this exercise! This is really good.
    I often talk to my clients about having to compartmentalise their lives for better life management and we start with the mind. This is a really great little starting point.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 17, 2017 at 07:56

      Thanks Leanne for your positive feedback. Have a great week!

  • Reply Jo Tracey July 15, 2017 at 07:14

    I’ve found my thoughts are so much organised since I’ve been keeping my version of the bullet journal. I have a list for the week, & dot points for the day. As thoughts come in, I jot them into the pages I need to. Otherwise the monkey brain takes over. #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 17, 2017 at 08:02

      Yes there certainly is something to be said about bullet journals. I’m old school as well as I like to write it down on paper not on the laptop. Have a great week Jo! x

  • Reply Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle July 15, 2017 at 21:13

    What a great idea. Sometimes I have so much going on up there that needs doing, I don’t know where to start and end up doing nothing. That is way too much clutter that needs clearing out and organizing. Thanks for sharing this with the Pit Stop community, as you know, we love good posts.
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    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 17, 2017 at 08:00

      I know what you mean Kathleen that is why I like to do this exercise. Otherwise my mind would be such a jumble I wouldn’t be able to get out of bed! Thanks for hosting #BloggersPitStop.

  • Reply Lyndall @ Seize The Day Project July 16, 2017 at 14:41

    Yep! We seriously need to declutter. My study has become a dumping ground for all the excess stuff (most of which we don’t need). I need to find a day where I can just get into it and get rid of the clutter… 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 17, 2017 at 08:01

      Our study is the same Lyndall and only yesterday my husband was looking at it and commenting about all we have accumulated!

  • Reply Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle July 17, 2017 at 20:01

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  • Reply Jodie filogomo July 18, 2017 at 22:59

    I’m a purger in my physical life, but I hadn’t thought about it mentally!! So smart!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 19, 2017 at 07:30

      Thanks Jodie I just believe we don’t think about our mental health because we can’t actually see it. Have a lovely day and thanks for the comment x

  • Reply Margaretha July 19, 2017 at 01:37

    I use a similar system that I think I got from one of the Stephen Covey books the Urgent/Important system I allocate all the items on my list to 4 categories: Urgent and important, Not- urgent but important, important but not urgent and neither important nor urgent and then I start working through the urgent and important list first.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 19, 2017 at 07:29

      I must check out Stephen’s books Margaretha. I find it less overwhelming to have things itemised and your system sounds good.

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