When we started minimising the items we had in our lives we were excited about the obvious benefits to the change in lifestyle – less things burdening you and cluttering up your space and allowing you to live the life that you want.
Recently though I’ve noticed a bigger by-product of removing this clutter; increased positivity and an improved state of mind.
It makes sense when you stop and think about it and may seem obvious now; you minimise your possessions and spend more time doing the things you want therefore minimising your stress levels. I’ve given myself valuable breathing space.
Less stress means you see things more rationally and can see the positive more easily.
There is another level to this though which wasn’t expected or hoped for. Instead of just decluttering my physical space I have decluttered my mental space.
Our heads get full of so many roadblocks, caused by squabbles or disputes with others or a long held perception we have of ourselves that it holds us back from a more fulfilled life.
Once you have fewer physical possessions you can see mental ones that also need removing.
I have found that now I’m more accepting of others and have seen silly disputes or disagreements for what they are – silly. It has allowed me to open up a more positive side of myself to people that hasn’t been there for years which is an unexpected benefit of our new life.
I have time to be positive about all aspects of my life and see ways I can help others or understand their point of view much easier than ever before.
As we know from the last year, once you clear your house you don’t want to fill it back up with rubbish. The same goes for our heads, once you have a positive view of the world you don’t want to add in clutter as it stops you seeing all the good things are around you.