Before the new year, it’s probably the perfect opportunity to consider decluttering your life before the next twelve months take hold.
There are a number of ways you can declutter your life, and these include the following.
Declutter your home
This is the obvious place to start because let’s face it, we do accumulate a lot of things in our home, some of which we don’t actually need.
So, with the principles of a clean and simple home style, go from room to room and start the decluttering process.
Ask yourself the important questions when deciding what to discard and keep.
Have I ever used this item?
Does it serve any purpose in my life?
Do I have a duplicate?
Why did I buy this in the first place?
Go through everything in turn, and create four piles – throw, donate, sell, or keep.
If you are going to throw something away, ensure you do the responsible thing and recycle if applicable, as you don’t want to single-handedly be responsible for adding further damage to our environment.
If you are going to donate something, check with local charities near you to ensure they can make good use of your excess items, and/or donate some things to local charity stores.
If you plan on selling something, ensure you get the best value for whatever it is you are flogging. You might actually have something that is worth more money than you expect, so compare prices online before selling on Amazon, eBay, etc.
And if you are keeping something, consider where you are going to put them. If you need more storage space, you might want to consider purchasing furniture that is fit for purpose, such as these upholstered bed frames in your bedroom and sideboards in your living room, as well as extra shelving and cupboard space around the rest of your home.
After decluttering your home, you should have more space to move around in, less housework to bother with, and less to distract your tired mind when you are trying to relax after work.
Declutter your workspace
Clutter is one of the biggest hindrances to productivity. So, if you have been struggling to get on top of the work you have to do, it might be because you need a tidy-up within your work environment.
Follow the same principles as you do at home, and ask yourself similar questions when looking at your desk. Do you need to keep everything? Are there things you can discard? And if you still have dirty coffee cups and food plates on your desk from a month ago, ask yourself “why have I become so slovenly?” We aren’t here to judge, of course, but if you want a fighting chance of staying on task, it is time to store or remove anything that is filling up space in your workspace.
Begin by clearing out your drawers and filing cabinets. If there are any office items that are surplus to requirements, recycle or donate them to a colleague. If your drawers are bundled with stuff in no particular order, start the labelling process, ensuring each drawer is fit for purpose, perhaps with extra containers within to hold certain objects. And when it comes to paperwork, consider scanning older documents onto your computer if you are reluctant or unable to discard certain information, and then shred the paper copy into oblivion.
Follow the same process with your desk. The more room you have, the better, so arrange desk items tidily and put anything that is surplus to immediate requirements in your drawers and cabinets. You might want to give your desk a good wipe down too, removing any crumbs and stains, so you no longer have anything to distract your eye when you’re supposed to be working.
Then consider your computer. If there are any icons on your desktop that you don’t need, get rid of them. If you have files and programs you no longer need clogging up your storage space, delegate them to the recycle bin or send them to the cloud. And head over to your email account, and finally get round to removing or organising any emails that have been read and are not needed for any real purpose in your day-to-day routine.
Declutter those other aspects of your life
While you should declutter your home and workspace to reduce your stress and tidy your environments, you might also consider those other aspects of your life that could also do with a bit of a clearout.
Think about decluttering your time commitments. If your schedule is brimming with activities, consider which of them have the most impact in your life. It might be that you are exhausted from the weight of your busy itinerary, so cut out or cut down anything that doesn’t add too much value in your life.
It might be time to manage your friendships. If there are people on your social networks who you don’t know (and possibly forgotten why they are on your friend’s list in the first place), delete them. If there is anybody online who annoys and antagonizes you with their posts, block or remove them. And then look at your friendships offline. If you have any so-called friends who bring you down more than lift you up, perhaps it’s time you finally said goodbye. Either that or reduce the amount of time you spend with them, as if they aren’t ‘true’ friends, they probably aren’t worth hanging out with anyway.