3 Reasons why you should Declutter at Midlife!
“The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t.”
Do you realise that there is a strong connection between decluttering and ROCKING your midlife season?
Well trust me when I say that there is – in fact I wrote 3 hacks about how impacting decluttering is, and how to start tackling it in my latest book: 21 Hacks to ROCK your Midlife!
In case you’re still on the fence about the benefits of decluttering however, (other than a tidy home,) you are going to want to listen in this episode of the Rocking Midlife® Podcast, In it, I’m sharing three powerful reasons why you should declutter at midlife – and none of them are about being able to find your car keys with ease everyday. (Although that is an amazing benefit!)
If you’re ready to reclaim your home. clear your mind and create space for the life you want to design for your midlife season and beyond – then this bite-sized episode is for you!
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Three reasons why you should declutter at midlife
1. Decluttering at midlife helps you let go of the past and move on to the future.
As I often say, the midlife years can feel like you are sitting in the front seat of a rollercoaster. You have no control over the twists and turns, other than to hang on tight and choose whether to laugh or scream – or maybe both – as you hurtle around the tracks.
Amongst the various life moments experienced on that ride, are significant and poignant events such as empty nest, loss of friendships, passing of family members, separation, divorce, downsizing, chronic illness and more. All of these events have the potential to help accumulate more clutter in your life – be it physical, digital or emotional as do many of the happy life events too: becoming a grandparent, travelling the world, forging new friendships, remarriage, moving to a new town, starting a hobby or launching a side-hustle.
It can be so easy to get stuck in the emotions of the past. We women often feel obliged to hold on to mementos such as china, furniture and photographs from our parents, as well as gifts, art and belongings from our children. Doing so creates clutter that holds us back from stepping fully into our next season of life, and letting go – carefully as these forms of clutter have so much emotion attached to them – can be incredibly freeing.
2. When you declutter at midlife, you are also decluttering your mind and decluttering your life.
In all of my 21 Hacks books, I talk about how clutter can lead to sensory overwhelm – which in turn leaves you feeling stuck, procrastinating and basically feeling “blah.” Be it visual clutter, audio clutter or even the negative chatter between your ears – your senses are constantly gathering information and sending it to the brain which is working overtime trying to process everything.
Letting go of the clutter that surrounds you will help calm your busy brain down, and you will be surprised at what creative thoughts bubble to the surface when there is finally space for you to breathe and dream.
3. Decluttering at midlife can help you focus on what’s really important to you.
Similar to point 2, when you clear the clutter, you create space – both in your physical environment and in your brain – and if you are someone who struggles with focus, understanding this will change your life!
When your brain no longer needs to process information about the clutter on your desk, on your floor or all over your desktop – you are able to focus far more effectively on the task you are supposed to be working on. In fact you can easily put some decluttering “rules” in place right away to help you focus, such as turning your phone on silent and placing it face down so you your focus is not broken by audio or visual clutter while you work.
When you are embarking on a midlife reinvention which includes you learning new things, the ability to focus is essential, and decluttering will help you get there.
So there you have it: 3 reasons why you should Declutter at Midlife! As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts: do you agree that decluttering is an important part of your midlife journey, and can you think of some other reasons why you think it is important? Let me know in the comments below!
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