Why Journaling?

This month I have been talking about how journaling can be used as a tool to help in the process of decluttering and organising your home

Journaling is very useful in creating the mindset needed to embark on any new project. It is a great way to clear away all the fluff that is buzzing around in your head and to discover what is really important to you and what you want to focus on.

It can be used for a specific reason - a health journal, or a declutter journal for example or it can be used as a daily mind dump with no particular aim other than to start or end the day with a clear head.

When it comes to journaling there are few rules! You can pick the time of day, you can do it online or use pen and paper, you can be specific or general - however you want to use a journal? You are right!!

The most important thing to remember is that your journal is yours and yours alone. Whatever you write in it is for your eyes only so you can be honest, vulnerable, wicked - just unload your thoughts and you will see the real you coming to life on the pages!


My purpose in using a journal when decluttering, is to provide clarity and motivation where there is doubt, confusion and sentimentality. When you are wanting to declutter, the quicker you can make decisions on items the better it is. If you can uncover a strong and clear vision and goal of what it is you are aiming for it becomes easier to decide if an object actually fits into your future vision. By journaling it is possible to uncover this goal and then keep it at the forefront of your mind when you are unsure of what to do with a particular item.

I find, on some days, that words don’t come to me when I want to get something off my chest and so I will do a doodle or a sketch instead. This can be useful if you struggle to describe your feelings for example. ‘ How do you feel when you say no to a coffee with friends because you can’t return the favour?’ You may not find the words to express the feeling inside you but find it easier just to sketch something instead. Or you may want to sketch out how you want your room to look when the project is over.