Clutter is a compulsive collection of things, most of them meaningless and useless. To de-clutter is to willingly take steps that will remove all or most of the clutter in your life. Because de-cluttering should be a practical and systematic process we can look at various aspects of your life:
Noise and other issues compete for our attention. It’s possible to de-clutter the mind in a variety of ways, for example:
- Prioritize by determining the difference between urgent and less important.
- Learn a relaxation technique.
- Let go of the past and all it’s baggage and stop fearing about the future.
- Slow down. Speed is a key partner in cluttering. Speed gives you the false luxury of picking and storing things to be enjoyed later.
- Identify the essentials and eliminate the useless.
- Eat well, exercise more and make sure you sleep and rest well every night.
A cluttered home is evidence of a cluttered life. To de-clutter your home:
- Set a timer for five minutes and blitz the house with cleaning in that time.
- Fill a bag once or twice per week and pass it to a charity shop.
- Create more storage areas in your home like a closet or bookshelf.
- Get the family to tidy up after themselves
- Check the fridge and cupboards. Throw out the stuff you’ve never used and probably never will.
Relationships are meant to be meaningful, fulfilling and mutually beneficial. If they aren’t then it’s time to de-clutter your relationship life:
- Set limits and boundaries.
- Keep in contact with friends who you have related for more than 5 years.
- Don’t accept unnecessary baggage from friends.
- Patch up old arguments with people who were long-standing friends.
Clutter in all the other areas of your life will tend to be expressed at your place and work. You’ll look more professional and you’ll feel better if you:
- Organize your desk and only leave the minimum on it.
- Re-read your letter of employment and your job description and focus your work-life in line with these documents.
- Cultivate and maintain the habit of arriving at your work place 5 minutes early.
- Finish all responsibilities that day. Try not to put things off.
- Have a to do list and stick to it.
- Take your break entitlements.
- If all else fails, change your career to something more fulfilling and challenging.
De-cluttering your life in these four areas will help you to live a simpler, more streamlined and less stressful life.