How to declutter your mind (as a parent blogger)

Today I've had a bit of a declutter. 

No, no, no, I haven't spent the day up and down on a chair making space amongst packets of noodles, or rummaging through my vanity cases.  It's August; the penultimate Vitamin D month, and the mini-stylist is in nursery on a Tuesday, so I left the house sharpish this morning to take advantage of a full day without appointments or rain.

And I spent the entire day to myself, admiring Plymouth from the waterfront (instead of the usual city centre viewpoint I have), and not hiding from the laundry/dishes/toys at home, whilst indulging in a Box Set binge (currently switching between The West Wing and Nashville) and pretending that I was working.   

Yup, I decluttered my mind, and created the drafts of a couple of blog posts that I'll be uploading soon, amongst a bit of life-planning.   

 7 Steps to Declutter your Mind 
(as a parent blogger, although children are optional) 

1. Timings 
Make no immediate time restrictions beyond a home time; aim to be back at least ten minutes before DH and DD (I’m the Tasmanian Devil in the kitchen; creating at least havoc if not culinary art a la Jamie's 15 minute meals).

2. Reflection
Make no plans to work, carry no to do list, but carry the tech just in case inspiration turns up (she more than likely will, you best be prepared). It helps to have a couple of life questions to ponder, to give your mind something to reflect upon. I'm planning to take on a part-time teaching role, so this is a precious month for me. 

3. Water
The water is calming and great for a little mind tidy-up, and I'm fortunate enough to live in Plymouth, apparently the Ocean City (although I still say we overlook the Channel).  I have traveled a four-hour round trip in search of the sea on other declutter days, though. Take advantage of the British coastline, or at least make your way to a lake/reservoir/stream.
4. Shop (or indulge in other interests)  
I still like a potter around the shops during a declutter, for me this is also calming, especially if I'm not bribing Mini-Stylist or rushing.  I had a lovely wander around the Barbican's Edinburgh Woollen Mill and bumped into a Yankee Candle sale.  You could spend an hour or so doing something you usually enjoy but have no time for. Freeing your mind of work will settle the snow-storm going on in your head.

5. Eat Well
I took the water taxi to Mount Batten and enjoyed a lovely tailored lunch overlooking the Plymouth skyline of Smeaton's Tower and the Citadel. Whilst listening to one of my favourite country artists (Kip Moore) I watched life on the waterfront while the sun did her best to burn up the clouds. Don't just grab a sandwich in your usual cafe; make lunch meaningful.

6. Artistic decision making
Now's the time to bring out those key reflective questions you're wondering, whether it's where to spend Christmas, or how to make a major life decision.  I imagine I'm living the Robert Frost poem, The Road Not Taken. You could revisit your favourite literary/science moment to guide you. it's also important that you make actual directional decisions to make the most of your day; his way or that. Keep going until it's time for cake.

7. Transition
Chances are you'll be inspired towards the end of your declutter day, so leave yourself time to write up notes, and do any brief research that needs doing.  It is also vital that you leave yourself enough time to make the transition from selfish parent thinking only of themselves to actual parenting; an hour is a good time, although if you've been particularly relaxed over your reflective coffee (and why the flipping hell not?), you may only get home five minutes before everyone else.  You will need this time to say goodbye to your Mind Declutter day, and perhaps plan the next date! 

When was the last time you spent a day to yourself? 


A Cornish Mum


  1. I agree that water really help in mind decluttering! Same reason why bathing and showering helps clear our heads me thinks. #picknmix

  2. I really wish they'd invent waterproof paper and a suitable marker pen - I have some of my best ideas in the shower! Maybe I could write on the shower screen....?

  3. My mind is always so full. My pillow is the best place for me to think of and remember things, that isn't ideal. Thanks for linking to #PickNMix

  4. Ah, those last minute thoughts on the way to sleep - I frequently have to declutter on paper before I properly close my eyes!