Take On Clutter And Feel In Control Again

The start of a new year motivates many of us to streamline and organize at work and at home. One of the most nagging challenges we face is dealing with too much stuff in our lives. We could all use a little more simplicity, to reduce stress and help us actually enjoy life more.

Things start to fall into place in every area of your life when you de-clutter your surroundings. The stress in your face and body will ease and your confidence will return when you feel more in control of your environment. De-cluttering releases mental and emotional blocks that have been holding you back. It ignites energy within you that you didn't even know you had!

We can think of de-cluttering as unmanifesting, which simply means releasing things that no longer have value or importance for us. This is critical because these material items are draining us of time, money, and life energy.

De-cluttering a whole house or office can seem overwhelming. But if you break it down into bite size chunks, you can handle it with ease. Here are a few tips to create order out of chaos:

1.    Start by de-cluttering for 10 to 15 minutes a day. This is short enough to fit into a busy schedule, and enough time to achieve something. Once it becomes a habit, it will also ensure you keep your home or office clutter free in the future.

2.   Pick one room or area for your 15-minute daily sessions and stick to it until everything is cleaned up.

3.    De-clutter storage space first. This will make it easier to find a home for everything you decide to keep.

4.    Be ruthless in deciding what to keep and what to let go. You can't succeed at simplifying your life or office unless you’re willing to let stuff go. Remember that most “stuff” can be replaced. Take the attitude that if you happen to get rid of something you need in the future, you’re prosperous enough to buy it new, rent it, or get it at a bargain from a secondhand store.

5.    Immediately assign storage space for any new item you bring into the house or office. Always keep it in its place when not in use.

6.    Stop paper clutter by creating a simple routine for dealing with incoming mail. Set up a filing system that suits your personality and needs. Bills, invoices, receipts and appointment cards can get out of control fast, so create a physical or online calendar to schedule payments, appointments and events.

Few things feel quite so good as looking around and seeing your home or office in order. There's also nothing more energy-draining than living with clutter. De-cluttering frees up your life energy for new things, and opens up new opportunities for you in your personal life and career.

Remember that it takes much less time to de-clutter than it does to look at piles of stuff and feel bad day after day. Make a resolution for 2019: If it doesn’t serve a purpose, have personal meaning or monetary value—out it must go!

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