If you are often experiencing stress, lack of focus and depression, maybe you need to declutter you life. Excessive clutter can be distracting; it can weigh you down, and cause chaos in your life. Sometimes, decluttering can be a big project to tackle, especially if you don’t know how and where to start. Here is a little guide on how to easily rid your life of all kinds of clutter.
The best way to get started on decluttering is to take baby steps. When you combine those small steps, you will find that you have actually made a huge difference. Also, when you do things gradually, you are more likely to keep up the good work and maintain your space clutter-free in the long run.
Declutter your Rooms
Start with the room where you spend the most time. Tackle the floors, and then make your way to the countertops, cabinets, tables and shelves. You can even consider your furniture! Make three piles: a toss, a donate and finally a keep pile; and divide all your things into those three categories. When you decide to keep something, you should find a place to put it in (and from that time on that place will be that object’s “home”) and always put it back to its place. Organize things into drawers and cabinets, so you can keep them out of sight, but organized and uncluttered. Do the same with every room in your home.
Move to the Closets and Drawers
Closets and drawers are prefect places for items to remain hidden, especially when you don’t really care much for them anymore. Don’t let that happen, but make your toss-donate-keep piles and declutter quickly to ensure things don’t hang around that you don’t care for. Make sure to keep only the clothes you actually love and wear often, the rest you can donate to ones in need. Also, empty your drawers and sort all the items that you decide to keep.
Tackle Information and your Computer
Today, we live in a digital and a virtual world more than we live in reality, and information has so many different ways to creep into our lives. Over-saturation of information can become overwhelming and it’s called an information clutter. Try to set limits for information by limiting the number of things you read during the day and decrease the number of things that pop up on your RSS feed. Get rid of old magazines and newspapers, and limit the time you spend in front of your TV or computer screen. You don’t have to cut yourself off from the world, just set some boundaries and limit what you take in. Also, uninstall unnecessary programs and sort through the icons on your computer desktop. This way you’ll not only have a better overview of your desktop, but your computer will work faster.
Set up a System
If you examine the ways in which things make their way into your life, and if your rethink the way you do things, you can easily set up a system that will keep your life clutter-free. Write down the system you’ve made and try to consult it for everything you bring into your home; from your furniture, clothes and jewellery to work projects and items you download from the internet. Be consistent and you will manage to keep your life clutter-free. Once you feel you have truly decluttered your home and life an amazing addition is an air purifier, so that the space can keep that fresh and clean feeling naturally. Do some research, read different air purifier reviews and decide on the best one for you and your lifestyle.
You don’t need much time to declutter and keep your life clutter-free, and the rewards of such a lifestyle are more than worth it. You’ll live in a cleaner space, reduce stress and depression, and become a more organized and productive person.
This article is brought to you by our contributor Samantha Olivier. Samantha has a B.Sc. in nutrition, and has spent two years working as a personal trainer. Since then, she has embarked on a mission to conquer the blogosphere. When not in the gym or on the track, you can find her on Twitter, or in a tea shop.
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