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8 Steps for Decluttering Your Mind

By Joanie Marx March 15, 2024 Mindset

Spring cleaning has been viewed as a tradition and ritual for thousands of years, with the earliest roots found in Jewish, Middle Eastern and Chinese cultures.

For these cultures, and now here in the United States, spring cleaning corresponds with the end of winter and the dawning of the new spring season, which we are now entering.

Springtime is the natural cycle of revitalization and renewal of nature, which we are inherently a vital part of. What if this tradition was turned inward and you spent some time clearing out beliefs, stories, and emotions that no longer serve you?

What would this look and feel like?

In this article, and the accompanying video, we are going to answer these questions as we explore how to do spring cleaning for your emotions with eight steps to declutter your mind.

A Season of Inner Renewal

With a gradual uptick in temperature outside, coupled with the vibrant colors of nature blooming, spring initiates a natural stirring within people to refocus and renew their lives.

To make the most of this season of renewal, it must happen from the inside out. For what is the point of cleaning up your home if your emotional state remains a mess?

That is why this time of year signifies more than just a transition from the cozy confines of a blanket, and a warm cup of tea, to outdoor adventures in nature.  

While traditionally associated with the home, spring cleaning is more than tidying up your living space. It is about embracing the immutable law of nature, which is change.

To make the transition of change easier and more fun, it is time to go inward.

Ushering in a New and Better Life

Although spring cleaning is traditionally associated with tidying up and decluttering physical spaces, it can also be applied metaphorically to declutter your mind.

To guide you through this process, here are eight proven steps to declutter your mind and promote mental clarity:

Identify Mental Clutter

Awareness is the first step in decluttering your mind. Take some time to reflect on worrisome thoughts, limiting beliefs, and unhealthy emotions that occupy your mind. Notice any recurring patterns or negative self-talk, especially outdated stories that are no longer serving you.

Practice Mindfulness

Engage in mindfulness techniques such as meditation or deep breathing exercises. These practices help you become more present and observe your thoughts without judgment. Practicing mindfulness is also an essential part of letting go of unnecessary mental clutter.


Journaling your thoughts, worries, and emotions brings clutter out of the mind and into a physical space where you can tangibly observe them. This allows you to externalize internal dialogue, gaining a new perspective on your emotions. It can also help identify patterns or areas of focus for personal growth.

Prioritize and Let Go

To let go of unnecessary emotional baggage, you will want to assess your mental priorities. To do so, identify what truly matters to you and allocate your mental and emotional energy accordingly. Recognize that it’s impossible to control everything. Learning to let go of what you can’t control and no longer need, can free up mental space.

Set Healthy Boundaries

Establishing healthy boundaries in your life protects your mental and emotional well-being. Say no to commitments that overwhelm you or drain your energy and say yes to what makes your heart sing. This helps prevent mental clutter and creates space for activities that bring you joy and fulfillment.

Practice Self-Care

Engage in activities that nourish your mind, body, and soul. This can include exercise, spending time in nature, reading books, laughing more, pursuing hobbies, or connecting with friends and loved ones. Self-care is about loving yourself enough to declutter your mind by engaging in relaxation and positive emotions.

Challenge Negative Thoughts

Notice negative self-talk or limiting beliefs and actively challenge them. Replace negative thoughts with positive and affirming statements. Practice self-compassion by reminding yourself daily that you are worthy and deserving of love and happiness.

Seek Support

Reach out to trusted friends, family members, or professionals if you need support in decluttering your mind. Sometimes talking through your thoughts and emotions with someone else can bring clarity and perspective.

Not a Once-a-Year Activity

Just as physical clutter accumulates over time, so does mental clutter.

Decluttering your mind is an ongoing process that requires regular attention. Therefore, this is not just a once-a-year activity.

By incorporating these steps into your daily routine, you can gradually create a more peaceful and focused mental space, allowing for greater clarity, improvement of your well-being, and a more fulfilling life after 60.

Remember, when you declutter your mind you instantly make room for new desires and dreams to blossom into a beautiful new life. For this reason and more, spring cleaning for your mind is an act of self-love.

I invite you to join me in the video where I will share additional insights on decluttering your mind, including three journal prompts to help you integrate what you are learning.

Let’s Have a Conversation:

Have you noticed too much mental clutter? What are you doing to accomplish inner renewal?

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The Author

Joanie Marx is a three-time bestselling author and the creator of the new, groundbreaking Refocus & Renew Your Life® online course series on Udemy. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in Psychology, and a leading authority on refocusing and renewing your life.

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