11 Simple Ways To Declutter Your Mind

There are many simple ways to declutter your mind. We can note that when you need to declutter your home, there is a simple solution: put everything on eBay (this is a bit oversimplified, but it’s possible, isn’t it?).

Yet, when it comes to decluttering your mind, it’s not really possible to unload your thoughts onto eager internet buyers…or is it?

In my last post – Unique Self Care Ideas, I mentioned decluttering your environment as one idea to include in your self-care routine. Some readers commented they found the idea new them, and I thought I could take a look further at how to declutter your mind in this instance.

If we need to declutter anything, it’s our minds, but this is also a challenging task. How do you declutter a mind?

It’s not as if thoughts are just laying around, waiting for you to pick through them, finding the ones that should be kept, and those that should be thrown out. The mind isn’t like an inbox, that can be sorted through and acted upon with the option to delete.

The brain is a complex and confusing organ associated with our thoughts and our mind. The mind is often covered in the scar tissue of past hurts and negative traumas.

It is layered in so many levels of consciousness, not even the best therapists have ever been able to completely sort through it.

So how do we begin decluttering our mind? I realized it’s best to keep it simple.

Actually it’s not difficult because you can declutter your mind with simple actions. There are little things that are so simple but they can make a difference.

Here are 11 simple ways to declutter your mind.


Just Breathe

We forget the importance of simply breathing, maybe because we do it without placing much thought into it. This is so simple, and powerful.

Take a few deep breaths into your lower belly, and for a few minutes just focus on your breathing. Concentrate on your breathing as it comes into your body or as you inhale, and then as it goes out or you exhale.

It has a calming effect, especially if you continue to return your focus to your breath when your mind strays. It also allows other thoughts to just float away.


Declutter Your Space

We are what we eat…and what we see. With fewer things in our field of vision, we have fewer distractions to worry about…freeing up space in our minds.


Declutter Your Schedule

Another thing that can drive us to complete distraction is the constant rush from one activity to another. Take a look at your schedule and start eliminating things that aren’t necessary. All they’re doing is adding stress to your day and giving you more food to throw into the ever-spiraling mental arena of stress.


Write Down Your ‘To-Do’s

Create a mental inventory by writing down the things that you need to do, the things you should be doing, and the things that you want to do. Then consider why you are doing each of these things – are they really important, urgent or even necessary.


How To Declutter Your Mind


Identify what is most important in your life, and what’s most important for you to focus on right now. Make a shortlist for each of these things.

You don’t need to keep everything stored in your brain. Choose a tool—it can be an online tool, an app, or even a pad of paper—and think of it as a storage device for all those bits and pieces of information that you need to remember. This can include appointments, phone numbers, ideas for future projects, and so on.



Now that you’ve identified what is important, you can identify what’s not important. What are the things in your life that are not truly necessary or important to you?

What are you thinking about right now that’s not on your shortlist? By eliminating as many of these things as possible, you can get a lot of junk off your mind.


Writing in a journal is also another great way to write down your thoughts. You are just writing with a little more depth. It allows you to download the inner chatter that’s constantly interrupting your thought process when you’re trying to get important things done.

Writing in a journal helps you explore different areas of your life that you don’t think about much. This exploration might allow you to find some things on your mind that you didn’t realize were there, and some things that can be eliminated or pursued.

Simply getting these thoughts into some kind of a journal is a way of getting them out of your mind as well.

Journal about your success’s, fears and worries, plans for achieving important goals, and many other things that will reduce the inner chatter. Doing this will bring some level of clarity to your mind and thoughts.


The Sleep Factor

Sometimes we aren’t getting enough sleep, or our sleeping patterns aren’t ideal. You don’t have to change your sleeping patterns, but the results of a simple adjustment to your sleep patterns might surprise you.

If you don’t give your sleep patterns some thought, you won’t realize how much your sleep (or lack of sleep) is affecting you.


Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness is all about engaging with the present in a fully, alive way. There are lots of ways to practice the skill of mindfulness, from meditation to just staring at an object (like a candle) and contemplating its existence.

Mindfulness will help you learn how to push relevant concerns out of your conscious thought process. This will overtime gradually help to declutter your mind, increase your concentration, and focus on completing the important ‘to-do’s’ you wrote down earlier.


Let Go

Sometimes it’s best to let go of old memories and past negative experiences. From broken relationships to diabolical bosses, we tend to have a whole lot of backstory spinning in the back of our minds.

Just let it all go, and like a computer that suddenly operates faster, you will find your mind in a much more free and easy state.


Practice Gratitude

If you are recognizing you need to declutter your mind, practicing gratitude can be a step toward achieving that. Make a list of all the things you are grateful for.

Having trouble coming up with a gratitude list? How about your breath, your pulse, your sight, and all the other basic amenities we take for granted.

Once you start writing your gratitude list, you will find that it snowballs and fills your mind with positivity, clearing all the distractions and concerns going through your mind.


Talk About It

Finally, if you feel this will help, then by all means talk about it. Find a friend, family member, therapist, or helpful ear to listen to your problems without judgment, and without recommendation (unless you want it). And if you do want it, listen to them, to return the favor. You might say ‘It’s just talk’ … but it can make a huge difference to your mental well being.

I hope you have got some value from this – please feel free to comment and share your thoughts.





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10 thoughts on “11 Simple Ways To Declutter Your Mind”

  1. Hey Ola,
    Another great post. Even though each point sounds very simple, it makes a big difference when you actually do it. I find Practicing gratitude in the context of de-cluttering mind very interesting. It is very true when you think about it. Rather than filling your mind with complaints, when you are grateful for the small things in life, you will actually feel at peace.

    With the to do list, there is something I try to do in order to keep my mind light. When we are occupied with something, our mind suddenly reminds ourselves of others things we have to do. But we easily forget these random but important things that pops up in the mind and therefore, the fear of forgetting ads up to our already busy mind.
    So what I do is, when ever something important comes to the mind, I take out the phone and put a note if I can not attend to that right away.
    When you keep doing this, there is a big difference in mind since there is no pressure inside to remember the all important things we have to do.

    I just shared thinking that this might be useful for anyone who reads this article as well.

    Thank you Ola,

    1. Hi Rajith, thank you for sharing and it’s great to know you got some ‘takeaways’ from my article which you can use. I find gratitude is a powerful tool to calm the mind and helps my focus 🙂 I use it a lot. Thank you.

  2. Hi Ola. Thank you for your informative article. Everyone of us always have a monkey mind! We always have thought in our mind, whether is useful or useless thought. Actually I have learn that thought actually is our memory being replay because we have pick up information here and there and stored in our head.

    I always use breathing and meditation to declutter my mind. Let go method I find that it easy to apply when I’m in meditation state. Practice Gratitude is a good idea and practice and I will try it out.

    For me I don’t like to talk about it unless I can find the right person to talk to if not it make me feel more stress and tire.

    Anyway, thank you for sharing so many different way of declutter our mind!

    1. Hi Janet – thank you for sharing and reminding me of the ‘monkey mind’ :), great description of our mind being so busy. Different things work for each person and so I completely understand when you say talking about it unless with the right person is not your comfort zone. Thanks.

  3. Hey Ola,

    De-cluttering my mind is something I desperately need. Especially since I am now working at home because of the pandemic. I am a lot busier than I was and the team I am leading, I need to be present for them a lot more.

    Sometimes I am fine and I can be really productive, but when things are a little heavier or the meetings are every hour, I seem to struggle a bit. I am going to try out some of your techniques, especially with the to-do-list and write down a lot more.

    Thank you for sharing and keep up the amazing work on your site.

    All the best,


    1. Hi Tom, thank you for sharing – I completely identify with your current experience as I also work from home. It was hard managing the change at first but now I apply the de-cluttering, writing my to-do’s and actually ticking them off 🙂 in addition to yoga and meditation. This helps me not feel so overwhelmed leading a team remotely. I will continue to share tips so stay tuned. Thank you.

  4. HI Ola,
    Once again you have created a great post that speaks to me. It seems like my mind is running nonstop and sometimes I just have to stop, breath, and relax.

    What was amazing for me was that you post made me do just that. Then I got to the part on Gratitude, and if you know me, this is one part of my life that I spend the most time in.

    Thank you for the other great tips and maybe I can slow down enough to get some good rest.

    Have a great one and I enjoy how make everything so easy to understand,

    1. Hi Greg – I am happy to know my article was relevant for you. Gratitude is my favorite ‘happy place’ – when it’s all upside down I start to express gratitude with intent. A great way to shift focus – just being grateful – Stay tuned. Ola

  5. I really enjoyed this post. I find when my mind is cluttered I am more likely to be stressed and it is harder for me to sleep at night. My favorite tip of your has to be “let go”. I find that holding on to negative feelings plays a big role in our ability to move forward. I try not to hold on to anything that can allow me to stress, I don’t want to worry about anything that can cause my health to be at any greater risk. I am epileptic and stress is a trigger for me, so like Elsa, I just “Let it go”, lol. Thanks for the great post!

    1. Hi Melissa thanks for stopping by and I am happy that you found my article relevant to you and there were some things you can use positively. Yes, stress is the ‘badie’ so letting go is tops. Stay tuned for more interesting content.

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