A Guide to Decluttering Your Friendships

A phrase we’re applying to every facet of our lives is “quality over quantity,” which goes for skincare products, shoes, and friends. If you’re like us, you may let things in your life wear out their welcome. But the best way to manage it all is by decluttering. Today, we aren’t talking about skincare products or shoes; we’re talking about decluttering friends and the best way to do it.

Why Decluttering Friends Is a Good Thing

While decluttering friends may sound brutal, it’s important to consider the people in your life. Are there people who don’t bring value to it? Here’s the harsh truth: Holding onto these friends can hinder your growth. When you remove bad connections from your life, good friendships can develop further. When you fill your life with supportive people who want to see you succeed, your quality of life should improve.

How to Declutter Friendships

Decluttering friendships is a big deal and should be treated as such. It’s not cool to cut people off for no reason. Let’s discuss how to go about this process.

Define Friendship

Figure out what friendship means to you. It’s okay to be choosy about your inner circle when you know what qualities you’re looking for in your people. Consider your five closest friends and what qualities they share. Once you’ve established this list, you’ll know the people closest to you should also have these qualities.

How Do They Make You Feel?

Some friendships can be draining, which brings us to our next decluttering tip: Pay attention to how you feel after spending time with someone. Some interactions just flow and leave you feeling happy and energized, while others leave you exhausted. Regardless of how you feel after your hangout sesh, think about why they made you feel that way.

Perform a Quick Social Media Sweep

It may sound silly, but if you are overwhelmed by the amount of social media friends you have, this decluttering tip is for you. Peruse your friends on Facebook and Instagram and unfollow people you aren’t connected to anymore. This is another way to declutter your space, energy, and efforts regarding friends.

Protect YOU at All Costs

Life is too short to surround yourself with people that don’t make you feel good. Just because you’ve known someone for a long time or used to be close with them doesn’t mean you have to be friends out of necessity. You can appreciate the good times while acknowledging that you’re different people now – and that’s okay.

Put Stock in the Good Ones

Once you’ve figured out your inner circle, it’s time to nurture the heck out of those friendships. Maintenance is what ultimately keeps these friendships strong and allows them to grow. Talk to these people, interact, make plans, share ideas, cheer them on, and confide in them, and you may start to see a difference in yourself and how you view the things around you.

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