The New Alternative to Retail Therapy

“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify. Simplify.” – Henry D. Thoreau

Since the beginning of 2016, I have felt a deep-set urge to lead a more meaningful, richer and deeper life. I decided to simplify things – they say the more simple or uncluttered your things are, the easier your life will be.

Declutter & Let go

I cannot stress how therapeutic it is to declutter. Not only is the final effect pleasing to the eyes, you also makes space for more positive energy to enter your life. It is also known to be a great stress buster and always gives you a sense of achievement, however small.

Old things hold stagnant negative energy that stop new good things from flowing into your life. If you want to uplift your mood as well as make space for new things in your life, this is the simplest ways to start.

For those of you who don’t believe me, here’s an example. If you are anything like me, you tend to save literally everything on your laptop desktop, even if you never use it again! As a result, your desktop gets cluttered with a zillion icons and needs to be cleaned every few weeks. Have you ever noticed how much better you feel after something as simple as putting icons in folders and deleting useless files? Imagine how you’d feel if all your drawers were as clean!

Start with something small- we all carry baggage from past relationships/interactions with people – delete old messages from your phone –  old pictures (why keep things that no longer make you happy) from your laptop, clear your desktop, your kitchen counter, your work desk, desk drawers.

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A neater desk is also more conducive for work and leads to greater productivity – need I say more?

Next, move on to bigger things – sell off/give away old things you no longer use. Trust me, you will feel lighter and better things will flow into your life. Start with old medicines, old books (the ones with frayed/yellowed paper), clothes, shoes.

Tip: Never keep old electronic equipment and old watches/clocks that have stopped working. Get them repaired or give them away – they are storehouses of negative energy and bad luck!

“Who said retail therapy is the only therapy?”

Organize

I spent an entire weekend cleaning, organizing and labeling my things (yes, I have a bit of Monica Geller in me :P) and was in much better spirits by Sunday evening. Plus, my house looks so much better than it ever did!
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Tip: Get separate hangers for the neck-pieces and scarves you regularly wear – they remain untangled, and are easier to find in the morning. If you cannot find a hanger especially for scarves (like the one on the left, just put them on a normal one!)

Tip: I also organize my stuff in baskets – they are great to hold stuff and my drawers look great!

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Need more inspiration? Read Marie Kondo’s “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”!

Next time you wish to welcome positive energy into your life, or if you are simply low, try decluttering. Let me know how you feel afterwards – I would love to hear your experience ❤

Over the years, I have grown to be less attached to physical things and possessions, and find it easier to throw/donate them. As a direct result, my life is getting simpler, and I feel lighter. Let me know if you feel the same!

In the following weeks, I will share with you many more ways to get rid of negative energy and welcome new positive things into your life. Stay tuned!


This is the first post in the ‘Positivity’ series. Through this series, I plan to share simple practical steps to remove negativity from your life, especially if you feel stuck, depressed, or just about ‘okay’. 

“Why be okay when you can feel awesome – all the darn time?”

You can read the next part here – How to fall asleep in minutes!

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