With the beginning of the first week of this month, it's time for us to get ourselves accustomed to our new routines. And, to make sure that you're making the most of Ramadan, we've listed our go-to tips for week one of Ramadan.
Clear physical clutter
By decluttering your home during the first week, you'll be making room and learning to take in fewer things. Start by removing the clutter in your physical space, including your desk at home and work, your house or even your car. Clearing out stuff you haven’t used or even thought about for the past six months, or donating clothes that you haven’t worn in a year or more will make you feel at peace and calm. This can also make you feel re-energized to take up new challenges and resolutions this month.
Clear mental clutter
Decluttering your mind during the first week of this holy month can actually welcome more abundance in life. Why? Because that way, you'll create more space for better things. Just like cleansing your home, lightening your mental load to make time for things that are more important is equally essential. First and foremost, it's important to meditate or pray so that you can declutter your mind, at least for the time being. When a bad thought comes, try to fight it. Let go of any old grudges. And when a good thought comes, act upon it or at least write it down. Sometimes just the act of writing it all down can help us get rid of mental clutter.
Just like cleansing your home, lightening your mental load to make time for things that are more important is equally essential.
Give in charity
When it comes to donating, it doesn't always have to be money. Perhaps you can go through your closets and donate used clothing. You may also spend some hours helping a local community organization. If you usually make your Zakat payments during Ramadan, do some calculations now to find out how much you need to pay.
We all know that the month of Ramadan is that of forgiveness and also a great way of turning over a new leaf. Hence, this could be the best time for you to try and find things that you can reflect on and change in your life, leading to greater rewards in Ramadan.
Fasting and decluttering both have common teachings and findings:
Minimalism: Going through these journeys teaches you accept less, and cherish the true treasures and riches in life.
Social responsibility: Giving excessive food, clothes and other items in your home for donation while fasting or decluttering raises your awareness for people in need.
Concentration: As clutter or food/water are shifted away from in front us, you will find the time and space to focus on other things, like contacting your relatives, going out for activities and experiencing the environment around you
Inner peace: They will lead to less stress and more calmness and relaxation in your life.
Self control: You will be able to resist temptations easily and be in control with what goes into your body or home.