Cleaning and decluttering, for me, are mindfulness practices. They are not chores that I dread, nor ways to strive for a perfect living environment, but ways to practice living in the present moment. Often times, decluttering starts with you and the simple practices that you do all day.
Here are a few things you can do to create a mindful routine :
- Wake with the Sun – There is no purer light than what we see when we open our eyes first things in the morning.
- Sit – Mindfulness without meditation is just a word.
- Make your Bed – The state of your bed is the state of your head. Enfold your day in dignity.
- Empty the Hampers – Do the laundry without resentment or commentary and have an intimate encounter with the very fabric of life,
- Wash you Bowl – Rinse away self-importance and clean up your own mess. If you leave it undone, it will get sticky.
- Set a Timer – If you’re distracted by the weight of what’s undone, set a kitchen timer and, like a monk in a monastery, devote yourself wholeheartedly to the task at hand until the bed rings.
- Rake the Leaves – Rake, weep, or sweep. You’ll never finish for good, but you’ll learn the point of pointlessness.
- Eat when Hungry – Align your inexhaustible desires with the one true appetite.
- Let the Darkness Come – Set a curfew on the internet and TV and discover the natural balance between daylight and darkness, work and rest.
- Sleep when Tired.