De-cluttering your life
The idea of living a simplified, uncluttered life with fewer ‘things’ is an attractive one. There are many benefits to owning less possessions: less to clean, less debt, less to organise, less stress, more money and energy for your passions. You’ll feel a real rush of inspiration when you clear out stuff that’s no longer useful in your life.
Create a task list on Sunday night that covers the upcoming week's goals or tasks. Even if you don't think you'll have the motivation to do a certain project, list it. Your list will keep you up to date on responsibilities and aware of your goals. As time goes on, move incomplete tasks to the top of tomorrow's list. This will guarantee that each item will be finished even if time runs out on its scheduled date. If you find that items are consistently being moved to the top of the next day's list, you may have to reduce your workload.
Clean Your Thinking Space
Take a few minutes to clean your thinking spot. If you do your best thinking in the lounge, for example, make sure the room is organised and uncluttered. A disorganised environment will create a disorganized mind; a clean environment will make for crisp and focused thinking.
If you haven’t worn it in the past year or two, recycle it for others to use. Get rid of old files that take up space and are seldom, if ever, needed. Donate unused toys, tools, books, bicycles, and dishes to a charitable organization. Get rid of anything that keeps you mired in acquisitions that contribute to a cluttered life. The less you need to insure, protect, dust, reorganize, and move, the closer you’ll be to hearing inspiration’s call.
Clear Your Calendar of Unwanted/Unnecessary Obligations/Activities:
If you’re grossly overscheduled, you will become stressed and tense. It’s important to have free time to allow your mind, and life, to de-clutter. Practice saying no to excessive demands and don’t feel guilty about injecting a dose of leisure time into your daily routine. You do you!
Create an Orderly Kitchen:
Kitchens are probably one of the busiest and most cluttered rooms in a home. Whether your fridge is full of condiments you haven’t used in months or you have mismatched food storage containers, organising your kitchen will bring you peace of mind. Start by emptying all of the cabinets. Discard or donate items you never use, have duplicates of or are broken. Then group all like items and store them together. Consider investing in a rack to hang your pots and pans, as this will give you more storage and counter space. Finally, clean out your fridge at least once a week. If your trash is collected the same time each week, try to schedule time to clean it out that day. Store food in clear containers so you can easily see what is in your fridge.
Organise your Digital Life
In today’s society, people store their whole lives on their computers, on their smartphones and in their emails. However, if not properly maintained, it can be hard to find important items. As you do your annual spring cleaning, don’t forget about your digital life! Start by upgrading any software, programs and apps. Also, go through your email and do a serious purge. Create subfolders and file away important emails, delete unneeded emails and unsubscribe to e-blasts you never read. Finally, clear your desktop by deleting unwanted documents, creating folders and getting rid of shortcuts you never use. Your smartphone could use a good cleaning, too; any apps you haven’t used in three months should be deleted.
Invest in a filing cabinet or similar storage system so that you can keep all of your paper affairs in order. Organise your filing cabinet into categories. Below is an example of some of the sections you might have:
- Cars: warrant of fitness documents, mechanical repairs paperwork, sale agreements etc.
- Official documents: passports, birth certificates etc.
- Pets: registration details, vet bills etc.
- Home: electrical bills, mortgage information, sale agreements etc.
- Education: university certificates, awards, acceptance letters etc.
By Angela Stone – Lifestylist www.angelastone.co.nz