Clear the clutter and simplify your life in most easy and efficient way.
Have you ever been overwhelmed at the amount of clutter that sits on your desktop? The pantry room is full of sachets that are way past expiry and you have no clue when you bought those stuff.
Your wardrobe is overflowing with clothes that you haven’t worn in years. Even your online world is no better. Your inbox is filled with emails that you never open.
Sounds daunting? It does to me too. Just the thought of all the physical clutter makes my mind cluttered.
So, how does the clutter happen? Clutter can happen due to a number of reasons. You buy something that you fancy and in reality you don’t actually need it. Or it could be that it has a emotional value and it could be something you think you might need it later. Impulse buying, holding onto sentimental things, unable to let go of costly items that are pretty much useless can all lead to clutter.
Studies have shown that clutter not only affects your productivity but also your emotions. The sight of clutter could be so overwhelming that it could waste many productive hours. All of that stress of being disorganized could lead to poor concentration.
The feeling of being lazy and frazzled will set in and before you know it, clutter will take over your life. All of the negative emotions will eventually have an adverse effect on your physical and mental health as well.
Though we all love fancy things and would like to possess the best of everything, but in reality life is not all about the worldly things. Over time, we will get exhausted with our hoardings and the clutter will make us lose our peace of mind.
The very things that we thought would bring us happiness will cause us pain.
So you would need to clean your clutter to simplify your life. Having a minimalist lifestyle will go a long way in keeping our sanity intact. The lesser the things, the lesser worry we will have to maintain them.
The following are few tips to clear the clutter and simplify your life
1. Be Minimalist
I know, Minimalism has become a trend these days. The newspapers, magazines, internet is all filled with how great minimalism is. And I believe rightfully so.
Having hoard of things doesn’t mean, you get all the happiness out of it. Sometimes, living simple, brings a lot of peace and content to the heart. Human needs are endless, but when we can curtail our unnecessary wants successfully, we can live a fuller life.
Before buying something, think,
“Do I really need this?”
“Is it worth it?”
“Can I do without it?”
“Is there anyway, this particular thing can be borrowed?”
Ask yourself these questions before you bring something home.
2. Recycle, Donate
The longer we hold onto things, the more emotional we get attached to them. If you haven’t used an item in a couple of years, chances are, you will never use them.
Maybe you can donate them to someone who has a greater need for it. Someone who might actually use it more than you.
Do not keep things at home that you don’t need for emotional value. Judge whether you will be depressed for weeks for giving away your favorite dress from high school or you will feel better that someone actually is using it.
3. Smaller Storage Space
I simply love this idea. Over the years I have found myself buying more and more storage products. Don’t get me wrong, we all need them to have an organized life. But in my craze to have an organized life, I have been hoarding lot of organizing products.
It wasn’t until couple of years back we had to relocate that I saw the amount of baskets and bins that I have accumulated over the years. And whenever a new basket was bought, something went in to fill it.
Now that we have moved to a new place, I have been consciously buying lesser stuff. When there is less space to keep stuff, you learn to manage with it. When we add a storage space, things get filled up pretty easy in it. While otherwise, neither the space would have been necessary nor the things in it.
Use your best judgement before adding a storage space to your home. Think if it is that necessary to organize your present stuff or are you adding it for future contingencies.
4. Clean Entire House Once A Year
The best way to clear the clutter is to clean your entire house at least once a year. Set aside a week for cleaning out your entire home. All the stuff that you haven’t used in a year can be either recycled or donated.
You will amazed at the stuff that you must have accumulated over the year. There will be stuff that you might have bought and completely forgotten about it. If you have forgotten about it, that implies that you do not need it anyway.
Give away the things that you are not likely to use.
You can check my spring cleaning schedule for further ideas and tips to clean your house in 7 days.
5. 15 minutes per week for your inbox and mails
Coming to the online, we will have to clear the clutter on the internet too. The best way to stay on top of the game is to set aside 15 minutes per week for your online world. Delete all the unnecessary emails, clear your junk, delete unwanted things from your desktop screen too. Just 15 minutes per week will make a lot of differences to clear the clutter and simplify your online life.
6. Have a cleaning schedule
It is really a must that you have an everyday cleaning routine. Once you have successfully clear the clutter, maintain a schedule to get the cleaning done on a regular basis. Never let the clutter overwhelm you ever. Clean a little daily rather than getting overwhelmed at the end of the month. You can check out my practical cleaning schedule that works for any schedule for tips.
So this is how I clear my clutter to simplify my life. Do you have any tips to clearing your clutter too? I would love to hear from you. So please feel free to drop in a comment below.
Until Next Time,