Happy Friday! Are you ready to go into the weekend with intention? What does your body, mind and your family need right now? As I walked into the kitchen this morning and checked my email while the coffee finished brewing, my mind was brought back to about 6 weeks ago when I basically unsubscribed from everything that was clogging my email inbox. It only took a few minutes, but what a difference it made! Clutter in all areas of our life can quickly fog up a good, healthy brain. Whether it’s our counters, our Facebook notifications, our desk or our cars, it’s time to take a few moments and intentionally unsubscribe and clear out anything that’s keeping up from living our best life.
Here are 8 Things to De-Clutter and Unsubscribe From to Be Kinder, Happier and Healthier
- Your email inbox. Unroll.Me works perfect for this! Instantly see a list of all your subscription emails. Unsubscribe easily from whatever you don’t want. Constantly deleting, deleting, deleting? Unsubscribe. All those deal sites that we all signed up from 5 years ago when couponing was hot will still be there. The difference is, we’ll only be shopping them when we NEED to. Hey, this might even save you money!
- Your Facebook notifications. Ok, so all your friends are selling something these days, right? If the groups are annoying you, clogging your feed and taking time out of your life and you truly aren’t enjoying being in 100 of them, just leave. Freedom! Go! Our minds were never meant to take in all the information they do these days. Choose what you want to fill your mind with and stop receive notifications for the rest.
- Your kitchen counters. A lot of people have asked me when it comes to decluttering….where do I start? My best answer is in your kitchen. Clear your counters. Wipe them down and leave only the few things that you constantly use (for me the coffee pot!) and a few other things that make you happy. I leave out a few framed pictures and my Pioneer Woman cookbooks. They are colorful and make me smile. Start small in the hub of your home- your kitchen!
- Your refrigerator. Preparing healthy, delicious food is actually so fun when you can see your ingredients and know what you have. Take a few moments to organize your fridge. Put the healthy stuff that you want to eat first, front and center.
- Your car. Yes, we have kids and we are in our cars all the time, but is all the stuff bothering you? If so, take a moment and just get rid of it. Being in your car all the time is maybe more of a reason to clean it out—-instead of an excuse not to.
- Your kitchen table. After Valentine’s Day, this was a big one for me. Valentines from classmates were everywhere and it was a beautiful mess for like the first day. Then I started to wonder what the heck I should do with it all. So I packed each child’s things up in a bag and set them to the side. I’m giving it a few days then we’ll go through them together. So far, the kids haven’t even asked where all the stuff went. Don’t overthink it, just clear spaces for more life in your home!
- Your words. Sometimes our family feels SO LOUD. Then I noticed that I talk, like a lot. And so my kids talk….a lot. And we’re all just so noisy Talking is so good, but I’ve found that sometimes I’m just adding to the noise. My words aren’t always productive, necessary or kind. For a kinder life with less noise, instead of trying to silence everyone around us, it’s good to listen ourselves first.
- Your schedule. Everyday we get the same amount of seconds, minutes and hours as EVERY OTHER PERSON IN THE WORLD. The Mama in Africa has the same amount of time as you and I and the Mama in Spain does, too. So does the woman in New York and the lady way down in Australia. How we spend our time determines a lot about the life we’ll have. Your minutes are a gift, how will you use them?
“A simple life is not seeing how little we can get by with—that’s poverty—but how efficiently we can put first things first. . . . When you’re clear about your purpose and your priorities, you can painlessly discard whatever does not support these, whether it’s clutter in your cabinets or commitments on your calendar.”
― Victoria Moran