15 Things To Declutter Right Now That Aren’t Things

Simply + Fiercely

Lately, on my internet wanderings, I’ve been noticing that most conversations about minimalism are turning into lists of things you can declutter: goodbye ice cream maker, old magazines, and college textbooks!

I believe minimalism is less about the number of things you own and more about intentional thinking.

This is why I’ve decided to share a different kind of decluttering list—a list of things to declutter that aren’t things.

I can’t tell you how many nights I’ve spent stressed and nearly in tears because I had a project or chore that I really, really wanted to finish before going to sleep—even though there was absolutely no reason it couldn’t just be left to the next day.

Unnecessary deadlines

We all know this one. It’s a lazy habit, so let’s be intentional in breaking it. Also, on a side note, I’ve noticed that the more critical I am of other people, the more critical I become of myself.


Instead of focusing on an arbitrary number, chose to focus on feeling healthy and well. Healthy living is easier when it’s about feeling good instead of battling the scales.

A goal weight or size

Try slowing down, doing one thing at a time, and being mindful about the task at hand. (I’ve been trying time blocking lately, and it’s really been working for me.)


Perfectionism can hold you back in almost all areas of life. But here’s a gentle reminder: ‘perfect’ isn’t real. It’s an illusion, and until you get comfortable with it, no amount of simplifying will ever be enough.


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