How to Replace Cluttered Thoughts with Clear Ones: 6 Simple Tips

A friend of mine recently remarked, “It’s funny, but when I am feeling low, I start cleaning.” Far from funny, her choice of stress-reducing activity has its basis in ancient philosophy. According the principles of Chinese feng shui and Indian Vastu, a clean, clear space allows chi, prana, or life-giving energy to flow more freely through you.

Do you find yourself surrounded by clutter, which you want to clear up but keep finding reasons to postpone doing it? Here is some advice to help you get started:

Cluttered thought: “I might just need this magazine/CD/audio cassette some day.”

Clear thought: “I haven’t used it in a long time. Let me sell or donate it. If I need this at some point, I can buy one.”

Cluttered thought: “Where’s the time to neaten up the cupboard? I’ll do it tomorrow.”

Clear thought: “Is tomorrow going to be easier, really? How about I organize just 10 items while I have a few minutes today.”

Cluttered thought: “These cards, photos, clothes bring back so many memories…how can I throw them away?”

Clear thought: Sure, memories are indelible and precious, but you don’t need ot hang on to every scrap and piece. Your daughter’s baby clothes can now be useful for other children. Your son’s first drawing is special—keep it. But why hang on to the scores of other doodles?

Cluttered thought: “I can’t sort this stuff till I shop for the right containers and shelves.”

Clear thought: “I might not have time to go shopping for containers anytime soon. Meanwhile, all this stuff will just sit there and gather dust. Why not junk it, sell it or give it away? That way, I’ll save money on buying extra containers—which can become part of the clutter, too!

Cluttered thought: “This appliance is an old workhorse: it can be repaired.”

Clear thought: Good thought. But if you have had it for a decade and had it repaired thrice, may be it is time to retire it. An old airconditioner or fridge, for example, uses up much more electricity and adds pollution. Time for it to go!




Carol Johnson
Carol Johnson3 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Elena T.
Elena P4 years ago

Thank you :)

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R4 years ago


Vita Pagh
Vita P4 years ago

Thank you for good tips.

Day R.
Day R4 years ago

Good ones... thank you!!

Tim C.
Tim C4 years ago


Jess No Fwd Plz K.
Jessica K4 years ago

I like the idea of starting small. A little bit of clearing out is better than not doing it at all. Thanks.

GGma Sheila D.
GGmaSheila D4 years ago

Obviously you have heard about my organized chaos and my dust bunnies. Well, sad to say the dust bunnies moved out, via my vacuum cleaner. Unfortunately my piles are still here, only the items change from month to month. Finally had to admit I'm a (horror) fabric hoarder. Almost impossible to get rid of it unless some of it's used in a project.

Blame it all on my computer...only had half the piles before getting this addicting, frustrating, and, yes, wonderful, hunk of electronics. Using this makes me swear, scream and yell, pull out my hair...admittedly I'm a tech-challenged senior trying to get caught up with some of the gadgets out there. I know, by the time I learn enough to be comfortable, I'll just have to start over because my computer was out-dated when I walked out of the store with it.

Meaning I have less time to clear out the old piles and have actually added 3 new piles - quilts pics and ideas, recipes I'll never have time to make but they look good, and all the info and manuals for this (censored) thing. Working on whittling it down...when I have time.

Fred Hoekstra
Fred H4 years ago

Thank you Shubhra, for Sharing this!

Melissa A.
Melissa A4 years ago

These are not cluttered thoughts. These are thoughts that create clutter. Cluttered thoughts are chaotic thinking that create stress. This was a huge disappointment.
Incidentally, a perfect solution for this clutter situation is a website called unf*ck your habitat. (Also a tumblr) Yes, it's vulgar, but it's funny & gives very effective advice, unlike this crap article that really just repeats the same thought over & over.