How to Declutter Your Life
“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.” ― Narcotics Anonymous,
Although I am still a work in progress but dear friend, the fact that you’re even reading this post signifies that just like I did, you have come to the realization that you need to declutter your life. You see, about a couple of years ago, I had to really take a long look at my life and made some drastic decisions that although at the time were unpalatable; difficult to let go of some things and people in my life. But… it felt good! And my life is so much less complicated!
If you’re like I was, you most likely always have so much to do and never enough time! You have so much difficulty in handling your schedule optimally. Also, you almost certainly own too much stuff than you ever need and just keep adding more to them every day.
One of the excuses I used to give myself was the fact that I have three girls and so they need to look nice all the time and so I would buy this, that and that… Most of which were never worn! I love reading… and so I was always buying books and magazines… yes, you guess right… some I never read. I had friends that were zapping energy from me. You know the ones that are constantly taking but had nothing much to give me… and no I’m not talking about monetary things to give but moral support.
May be you’re not as bad as I was, but the truth is that most people would probably be better off with at least a little decluttering. But how do you go about it? When you’re under a pile of clutter – commitments, personal files and a load of digital information, how do you even get started with decluttering?
Follow these 4 tips below to start decluttering your life:
1. Just get started.
Pick a room, a closet, or a shelf and get started. Pick up each item once and ask yourself, “Do I use this regularly? Do I love this item?” If the answer to both questions is “no” then the item needs to be sold, donated, or given away. Have a box for each of those categories to put your discarded items in. If you can help it, don’t throw things away, somebody somewhere needs them. Try selling stuff on eBay.
- Put away the items that you’re keeping in their proper place.
- If you have a lot of stuff, it might seem overwhelming. Try setting a timer and just work for 10 minutes. Limit your decluttering to one small area for those 10 minutes. That way, you’ll really be able to see some progress.
Try not to get carried away by spending too much time. Working on decluttering for 10 minutes a day for a month is a lot better than overloading yourself and quitting after 2 days.
2. Move a little further each day.
Once you’ve gotten started with your decluttering, keep moving forward. Finish one area and then move on to the next. Your enemy is perfection. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Simply do a good job in a reasonable amount of time. Any work you’re putting into this will result in progress. Make it easy on yourself.
Get some help. Some of us really are pack rats and can’t seem to let go of anything. If that sounds like you, get a reasonable friend to help. The ideal friend will have a clutter-free home that you envy.
Take the time to enjoy the new clutter-free spaces you’ve created in order to help keep the momentum going.
3. Declutter your calendar and digital life.
Your living environment is only one aspect of your life. Simplifying how you spend your time and handle your digital life is important, too.
Decluttering your calendar is about learning to say “no” to commitments that aren’t important to you. Make a list of commitments and put them in order from most important to least important. Keep the top few and remove the rest from your life.
Start decluttering your digital life. Prioritize the blogs, newsletters, social networks, emails, and so on. Only keep the things that really matter.
4. It’s important to include others in your home.
If the other people in your home aren’t on the same page, decluttering is much more challenging. Focus on telling them about the benefits they’ll receive if the home is much less cluttered. Share the benefits of decluttering their space. If there’s too much resistance, keep your focus on decluttering and maintaining your own space.
Getting rid of things can be contagious. You’ll likely find that everyone else in your household will jump on the bandwagon when they see how great your personal space looks.
Decluttering your life is more beneficial than you probably realize. It’s not only easier to find things, but you’ll have adequate space to put everything away in its proper place. Clutter weighs on your mind 24/7, whether you realize it or not. Avoid letting it stress you out or take over your life.
You’ll be amazed at how much more relaxed you feel when the clutter is out of your life for good. Give it a try today! In a future post, I will share with you how to break free from associations that does not benefit you without hurting anyone. STAY TUNED!!
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